10 girls’ basketball players to watch in 2017-18

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Veronica Burton averaged 20.8 points per game for Newton South last season.

By Greg Levinsky Globe Correspondent 

 Veronica Burton, Newton South — A three-time Dual County League MVP, the 5-9 senior guard plays an all-around game, exemplified by her 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 3.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. The Northwestern commit led South to the D1 South semis last March.

 Riley Childs, Medway — The 6-foot forward is coming of a 17-point, 7-rebound per game junior season in which she was a Tri-Valley League All-Star for the second time. She has committed to Boston University.


 Kendall Currence, Falmouth Academy — Approaching 2,000 career points, the 5-foot-8 senior guard from Bourne is headed to Northeastern on scholarship next fall. First, though, she is targeting a run through the D4 South tourney.

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 Asiah Dingle, Archbishop Williams — The 5-3 senior point and her teammates at Archies are shooing for a repeat in Division 3 before she departs for Kent State. She averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals per game a season ago and has already eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her career.

 Valentina Pepic, Revere — Averaging 18.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, the 6-foot-2 center repeated as the Northeastern Conference MVP last season. She and the Patriots (19-3 last season) aim to make noise in the tourney. She will play at Niagara.

 Menel Lamadzema, Mystic Valley — The program’s career scoring leader, the 5-foot-5 senior put up 25 points per game a year ago and will be a force in D4 again.

 Annabelle Larnard, Fontbonne — After averaging a monstrous 14.5 rebounds, along with 16.2 points and 2.5 steals per game last year, she netted her 1,000 career point earlier this week. With her inside/out game, the Ducks will be a factor in Division 3.


 Maggie McCarthy, Medfield — The Harvard-bound win is two-time Tri-Valley League MVP who averaged 15.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.1 steals per game in propelling the Warriors to the Division 2 state title last season.

 Sophia Rosa, Lincoln-Sudbury — A two-year captain, the 6-foot senior is a force in the post. She and her Mass. Huskie teammates won the US Junior Nationals Silver Bracket championship in July.

 Ashley Sampson, Foxborough — The reigning Hockomock League MVP (19.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season) leads the Warriors in their pursuit of a repeat sectional title in D2. Sampson averaged 19.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She will play at Adelphi.

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