2017-18 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | PLAYERS TO WATCH
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■ 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.
■ 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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