2016 Girls’ Basketball All-Scholastics
Brianna Herlihy, Braintree, senior
The Bay State Carey MVP and two-time All-Scholastic helped the Wamps capture state titles in 2014 and 2015 and captained the team to a 22-1 record this year. She finished with over 1,000 points and is committed to Villanova.
Nicole Jorgensen, Quincy, senior
The 6-foot-5-inch center surpassed the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound marks this season. Jorgensen, a team captain, also broke the school’s single-season scoring record. She will play basketball at the URI next year.
Anna Kelly, Lexington, senior
Kelly earned her third All-Scholastic nod after breaking Lexington’s all-time and single-season scoring records. A three-time Middlesex League MVP, the guard finished the season with 636 points and ended her career with 2,015.
Jessica Lezon, North Reading, senior
The Cape Ann League co-MVP and four-time league All-Star averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds per game, leading the Hornets to the Division 3 North final. Lezon, a 6-foot-5-inch center, ended her career with 1,109 points.
Lauren Manis, Bishop Feehan, senior
The Holy Cross-bound forward led the Shamrocks to their first state championship. The three-time league all-star averaged 15.6 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season and finished her career with 922 points.
Colleen Corcoran, Bishop Fenwick, senior
The Catholic Central League MVP averaged 12.5 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading the Crusaders to the Division 3 state title. Corcoran will continue her basketball career at Le Moyne College.
Stephanie Flynn, Hanover, senior
Flynn was named Patriot Fisher MVP after propelling the Indians to an undefeated regular season. A 1,000-point scorer, the forward is a four-time league all-star. She will continue her basketball career at Columbia.
Marissa Gattuso, Woburn, junior
The Tanners captured the Division 1 North title behind the play of Gattuso, a point guard who averaged 14.8 points and six assists per game. the junior guard also plays soccer and tennis for Woburn.
Justine Gaziano, Natick, senior
Gaziano averaged 24.8 points per game and became Red Hawks’ all-time leading scorer. The guard helped Natick reach the Division 1 state championship game and earned Bay State Herget MVP honors. She will play at Brown.
Joie Grassi, Plymouth North, junior
A two-time All-Scholastic, Grassi reached the 1,000-point milestone and was named a Patriot League Keenan All-Star. The 5-foot-11-inch forward was also the Patriot Keenan MVP last season as a sophomore.
Gianni Hill, Pope John, senior
The Tigers’ all-time leading scorer averaged 18 points and 7.8 assists per game to help the team reach the Division 4 North finals. A point guard and three-time Catholic Central League Small MVP, Hill hopes to play college basketball.
Jaqualah Holliman, Fenway, senior
Holliman was named the Boston City League championship MVP after leading the Panthers to the City title. The three-time City League All-Star ended her career with 1,036 points and will play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Emily Houle, Attleboro, senior
Houle was named Hockomock MVP after a season in which she averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The captain finished her career as a two-time league all-star with 1,025 points and 644 rebounds.
Masseny Kaba, Cathedral, junior
The 6-foot-3-inch center and co-MVP of the Catholic Central Small scored 20 points in the Division 4 state championship to help the Panthers bring home the title. Kaba hopes to play basketball and study medicine in college.
Claire Markey, Chelmsford, senior
Markey, a point guard, averaged a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. Her efforts earned the Merrimack Valley Division 2 Player of the Year award. She scored 1,202 points in her career.
Shannon Murphy, Watertown, junior
A Middlesex League all-star, the 6-foot-1-inch Murphy averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game and helped Watertown win the Division 2 North and Eastern Mass. titles. Murphy is verbally committed to Holy Cross.
Katherine Nelson, Bishop Feehan, junior
Nelson has already surpassed the 1,000-point mark and averaged 18.2 points per game this season. The three-time Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star scored 20 points to help the Shamrocks capture the Division 1 state title.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Michael Deady, Bishop Feehan
Deady called this year’s Shamrocks ‘‘the greatest team in Bishop Feehan history’’ after they won the first state title in school history. Deady has a 326-89 record over 20 seasons and has won 12 Eastern Athletic Conference titles.
Division 2: Laney Clement-Holbrook, Oliver Ames
Clement-Holbrook holds the record for wins by a Massachusetts high school girls’ basketball coach. In 40 years she is 645-213 at Oliver Ames. Clement-Holbrook guided the Tigers to the Division 2 Eastern Mass. final this year.
Division 3: Adam DeBaggis, Bishop Fenwick
The fifth-year coach led the Crusaders to the Division 3 state title and has a 78-42 record at Fenwick. A Franklin grad and Worcester State alum, DeBaggis has also coached volleyball for seven years and has a 121-37 record.
Division 4: Steve Barrett, West Bridgewater
A member of the Mass. Coaches Hall of Fame, Barrett notched his 600th win this season. He led West Bridgewater to a 20-0 regular season and a Mayflower Athletic Conference title. Barrett has 613 wins in 35 years of coaching.
Atlantic Coast — Falmouth: Jenny DiCecco, Olivia Ferrero, Taylor Miller. Marshfield: Cassie Caldwell, Elizabeth Coffran, Kristina Sargent. Nauset: Fran Gonnella, Reagan Meehan. Sandwich: Carly Whittle, Caroline Wilson.
Bay State — Braintree: Keelah Dixon, Brianna Herlihy, Isabella Tonetti. Brookline: Liz Dumas. Dedham: Nina Heilmann. Milton: Sara McMenamin. Natick: Justine Gaziano, Skylar Schmid. Needham: Kathleen Rizzo. Newton North: Sayawni Lassiter, Jill Latanowich. Norwood: Maura O’Neill, Meghan Reen. Walpole: Kelly Fogarty. Wellesley: Dorian Cohen, Leo Sperling. Weymouth: Ally Reynolds.
Big Three — Brockton: Marcia DeCarvalho, Jalani Jackson. Durfee: Shaelyn Carreiro, Nicole Emsley. New Bedford: Rylie Indio.
Boston City — Boston English: Princess Paul, Nia Richardson. Brighton: Gladys Ambers, Deanaja Dunabar-Lee, Ella James. Burke: Nyma Cabral, Johanna Parris. Charlestown: Raeonah Miles-Willis. Dorchester: Tianna Daniel, Cynthia White. East Boston: Corianna DiNublia, Sabrina Rizzo, Alexis Scalia. Fenway: Meara Carter, Jaqualah Holliman, Takora McIntyre. Latin Academy: Catherine Coppinger, Fiona Finn. Madison Park: Antonea Burnett, Danne Burnett, Tehija Kerr. New Mission: Denia Davis-Stewart, Taneja Drayton, Kayla Kelley. O’Bryant: D’Anique Briggs, Grace Burns, Jordyn Hunter-Coleman, Aliyah Stoner. Snowden: Sarah Burton, Tamisha Burton, Samantha Little. South Boston: Claudia Camacho, Desire Slaughter, Kaicey Zimmer. West Roxbury: Jessica Adonis, Lastarrsha Bradham, Nefertarie Georges.
Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Academy: Morgan Farber. Cape Cod Tech: Shaleka Taylor. Falmouth Academy: Kendall Currence, Jane Earley, Eliza Van Voorhis. Nantucket: Katie Fox, Claire MacKay, Lizzie Thayer. Rising Tide Charter: Maddie Nilosek. St. John Paul II: Tori Gibson, Jessica Tierney, Katie Wojohowski. Sturgis East: Izzie Roberge. Sturgis West: Shannon Crowley, Maggie Farley.
Cape Ann — Amesbury: Maddie Napoli. Georgetown: Rory Donoghue. Ipswich: Jenna Gagnon. Manchester Essex: Sabrina Pallazola. Masconomet: Grace Fahey. Newburyport: Krysta Padellaro, Emily Pettigrew. North Reading: Jess Lezon, Carly Swartz. Pentucket: Caroline Modlish, Rebecca Torrisi. Triton: Tessa Lafrance.
Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Victoria Dean, Asiah Dingle, Katryna Veasey. Arlington Catholic: Erin Donlan, Demi Fogarty, Marie Gaffney. Austin Prep: Lauren Joyce, Ellen Klucznicki. Bishop Fenwick: Sydney Brennan, Colleen Corcoran, Samantha Mancinelli. Cardinal Spellman: Noelle Moliere, Caroline Stover. Cathedral: Amani Boston, Taliyah Countryman, Dejah Jenkins, Masseny Kaba, Lara Matos. Lowell Catholic: Baylee Duarte, Estelle Penta, Maggie Penta, Briannagh Reeves. Marian: Jane Langan. Matignon: Natalie McAllister. Pope John: Katty Haidul, Korine Haidul, Gianni Hill, Anya Wolcott. St. Clement: Katie Monestime. Saint Joseph Prep: Jojo Duplan. St. Mary’s: Kayla Carter, Marnelle Garraud, Olivia Nazaire.
Catholic Conference — Fontbonne: Annabelle Larnard, Brianna Raphino, Colleen Tuite. Notre Dame (Hingham): Kendra Delahunt, Janey Mathisen. Ursuline: Nneka Oyigbo, Cassie Wesner.
Commonwealth — Chelsea: Tashneal Africa, Lynette Alvarez, Alyssa Rivera. Essex Tech: Sydney Noyes, Allison Vienneau, Ginny Vienneau. Greater Lawrence: Breanna Hernandez. Greater Lowell: Madison Melendez, Sydney Oliveria, Catherine Sweeney. Lynn Tech: Jamila Constantine, Lila Nieves. Minuteman: Haley Rice. Mystic Valley: Meghan Foley, Menel Lamadzema. Northeast: Amanda Carlisle. Presentation of Mary: Camille Holleran, JodiAnn Simmonds-Brown. Shawsheen: Holly DeCourcey, Tara Mickle, Danielle Papa. Whittier: Allison Beauchesne, Olivia Beauchesne, Kaley Thibault.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Tyler Keohan, Caroline Maxwell, Kristin Ropiak. Bedford: Nicole MacLellan, Olivia MacLellan, Bridget Towle. Boston Latin: Chessie Cox, Shannon Mannion. Cambridge: Sarah Davis-Daniels, Kalilah Hall, Yuleska Ramirez-Tejada. Concord-Carlisle: Charlotte Myers. Lincoln-Sudbury: Lauren Foley, Shelby Greene, Sarena Ho. Newton South: Veronica Burton, Emily Chang, Zoe Foster, Sarah King. Waltham: Sophia Guerrier, Courtney Paschal, Taylor Pinzone. Wayland: Bronwyn Davies, Taylor Fletcher, Darby Leid. Westford: Angela Alibrandi, Emily Bramanti. Weston: Christina Costa, Karenna Groff, Natalie Pettirossi.
Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Lauren Manis, Emily Micille, Katherine Nelson. Bishop Stang: Rylie Carreau, Rebekah Petterson. Coyle & Cassidy: Nicole Bostick, Rachael Johnson. Martha’s Vineyard: Molly deBettencourt, Erin Hill. Somerset Berkley: Megan Parish, Breanna Wood.
Greater Boston — Everett: Nyomi Dottin, Paige Fialho, Yasmeen Guerrier, Talia Riccioli. Malden: Caitlyn Leonard, LaDaveya Moise. Medford: Gigi Braga, Ashley Eisnor, Destiny Fitzgerald. Somerville: Evelyn Ayala, Brooke Metivier.
Hockomock — Attleboro: Sarah Deyo, Emily Houle. Canton: Emma Murphy. Foxborough: Cassidy Harrison, Ashley Sampson. Franklin: Aubrie Kutil, Lauren Rudolph. Mansfield: Meg Hill, Caroline Maher, Jenna Peel. Milford: Kate Irwin. North Attleborough: Ashley Ahern. Oliver Ames: Francesca Calabraro, Kayla Raymond. Sharon: Alyssa Piazza. Stoughton: Alecia Quinones.
Mayflower — Avon: Wilna Louis. Bishop Connolly: Jennifer Driscoll. Blue Hills: Jackie Raynor. Bristol Aggie: Kelly Johnson. Bristol-Plymouth: Amaya Marshall. Diman: Matya Blakney, Marissa Matias. Holbrook: Danielle Mercier. Norfolk Aggie: Gina Coote, Meaghan Hamilton. Old Colony: Abby Cooper. Sacred Heart: Lauren Melchionda, Caroline Sheen. South Shore Voc-Tech: Cassidy Burt. Southeastern: Denise Azor, Anika Wright. Tri-County: Kathleen Loonie, Kelsey Maynard, Kim Monroe. Upper Cape: Amber DiBona, Dasia Greene, Alexandra Hill. West Bridgewater: Kaylee Haynes, Marissa Joyce, Ericha Whitham. Westport: Laura Mendell, Lindsey Oliveira.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Jillian Webber. Billerica: Caitlin Boermeester, Kelsey Leverone. Central Catholic: Katie Kirsch. Chelmsford: Annie Donahue, Claire Markey. Dracut: Julia Sanborn. Haverhill: Abbey Battaini. Lowell: Shyan Mwai, Alexi Schecter. Methuen: Akemma Chibuogwu. North Andover: Abbie Karalis, Emily Sifferlen. Tewksbury: Molly Robertson, Emily Velozo.
Middlesex — Arlington: Mallory DeFeo, Rosalie Flinn. Belmont: Carly Christofori. Burlington: Nicole Scola. Lexington: Anna Kelly, Eleanor Van Arsdell. Melrose: Alexis Doherty, Cat Torpey. Wakefield: Grace Hurley. Watertown: Michaela Antonellis, Shannon Murphy, Katelyn Rourke. Wilmington: Caroline Anderson. Woburn: Elle Brennan, Marissa Gattuso, Nicole Pacheco.
Northeastern — Beverly: Melissa Lubas. Lynn Classical: Chenysse Hill, Paris Wilkey. Revere: Pamela Gonzalez, Valentina Pepic. Swampscott: Meghan Hartmann.
Old Colony — Barnstable: Mia Crawley, Carly Whiteside. Bridgewater-Raynham: Devin Burns, Elise McGovern, Kelly Page. Dartmouth: Bailey Peach, Jenn Wheaton.
Patriot — Duxbury: Nicole Callender, Emma Gill. Hanover: Megan Dixon, Stephanie Flynn, Kayla McMahon, Meaghan Raab, Hayley Wardwell. Hingham: Haley Blasetti, Sydney Blasetti, Bridget Hoffses. Middleborough: Lauren Empey. North Quincy: Remy Aucoin. Pembroke: Allison Comeau, Samantha McGibbon. Plymouth North: Joie Grassi. Plymouth South: Tessa Harkenrider. Quincy: Alyssa Camara, Gabriela Jerahian, Nicole Jorgensen. Scituate: Allie Lopes, Gabby Otto. Silver Lake: Bri Walker. Whitman-Hanson: Taylor McVeigh, Sophie O’Brien.
South Coast — Apponequet: Sophia Gaucher, Sarah Milligan. Bourne: Emma Fenton. Case: Ally DiCesare. Dighton-Rehoboth: Julia Campezato, Kylie D’Ambrosio. Greater New Bedford: Rileigh Avila, Iris Rivera. Old Rochester: Sophia Church, Maddie Demanche. Seekonk: Emma Sanders. Wareham: Tieyanna Yancey.
South Shore — Abington: Maggie Cawley, Jenny Worden. Carver: Mackenzie Bellando, Payton Holmes. Cohasset: Emily Rosano, Meg Rosano. East Bridgewater: Jackie Gavin. Hull: Lexi Hansen, Fionna Pearlman. Mashpee: Jordan Hue. Monomoy: Geia Alverio, Christine Friedel. Norwell: Stephanie Croke, Ally Mahoney, Caroline Plansky. Randolph: Nattaly David. Rockland: Danielle O’Brien, Erika Ochenduszko, Maddie Olsen, Kyra Rose.
Tri-Valley — Ashland: Sam Leone. Medfield: Lauren Casieri, Maggie McCarthy. Medway: Sarah DiPillio. Millis: Katy Golden. Westwood: Cailin Harrington.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic girls’ basketball team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Emily McCarthy. Photos by Mark Lorenz.