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South: Girls’ basketball players and teams to watch

Girls’ basketball players to watch

Caitlyn Abela , Oliver Ames: The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 12.3 points per game last season and has committed to Division 1 Sacred Heart University.

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Amanda Hawkesworth , Abington: The senior forward has led the Green Wave in scoring each of her first three seasons, including a team-high 14.7 points per game last season.

Kelly Martin , Scituate: The lone returning starter from last year’s 24-1 squad, the 5-9 senior point guard averaged 11.7 points per game last season.

Michela North , Duxbury: The first Dragon girls’ player to reach 1,000 career points in over a decade, the 6-2 post player is an impact performer at both ends of the court, registering a staggering 22 blocked shots in a game as a sophomore, three shy of the national record.

Rachel Norton , Braintree: With the graduation of Paige Marshall, now a freshman at Stonehill, the senior captain (10.5 points, 5 rebounds per game last year) will take on an integral role in the backcourt for the defending Division 1 South champs.

Girls’ Basketball teams to watch

(Listed with final 2011-2012 records)

Abington (18-5): Coach Steve Moore  and his team set the tone for the season with a 51-24 victory in their opener over New Bedford.

Archbishop Williams (20-6): Coach Jim Bancroft  returns four starters from a squad that lost to Fairhaven in the Division 3 South final.

Braintree (22-3): The Wamps return three sophomore starters from last year’s Division 1 South championship squad.

Oliver Ames (18-3): Coach Laney Clement-Holbrook’s crew has plenty of motivation after last year’s 18-2 regular-season run ended abruptly with a 41-36 loss to Fontbonne in the Division 2 tourney.

Scituate (24-1): Former Cohasset assistant Matt Lewis  takes over for the retired Brian Buckley, who guided to the Sailors to a 24-1 record and the Division 2 state semifinals against Reading.

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