Vinalhaven seeks usual late-season trip to Augusta
Vinalhaven — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Vinalhaven High School girls basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Alan Lazaro, third year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 10-8, No. 6 in Western Class D. The Vikings upset No. 3 Greenville 52-39 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Rangeley 54-46 in the semifinals.
Roster: Juniors Eliza Davidson (5-foot-3-inch guard), Ashley Hamilton (5-7 forward), Ellie Reidy (5-9 forward), Bethany Candage (5-4 guard) and Ryann Warren (5-6 guard); sophomores Taylor Littlefield (5-5 guard), Ashley Davis-Oakes (5-6 guard/forward), Virginia Wadleigh (5-11 center/forward) and Danielle Newton (5-11 forward/center); and freshmen Andrea Shane (5-8 forward), Jasmine Arey (5-5 guard), Hannah-Jo Moody (5-3 guard), Skylar Sanborn (5-6 guard), Hannah Noyes (5-5 guard) and Sarah James (5-3 guard).
Outlook: Lazaro said last year that if his team played to their potential and worked hard, they could be in position to make noise in the Western Class D playoffs. The third-year coach echoed those sentiments about this year's squad, despite losing top players Alex Slivinsky and Izza Drury to graduation.
Davidson, a sharp-shooting guard, and Hamilton, a forward who can get to the rim, are the Vikings' top players, along with Warren, who displays explosive speed. Lack of height is the team's Achilles' heel and the islanders will have to overcome that if they hope to be successful.
Lazaro said Reidy has made strong improvements and will log considerable minutes on this year's squad, while Shane also will see significant time as a freshman. Wadleigh is on the team's roster but will not be with the team until the end of December as she is studying at the Maine School if Science and Mathematics in Limestone.
The Vikings also earned the Western Maine Class D sportsmanship award last year.
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