Division 3-5 women’s basketball preview, players to watch – Boston Herald
Bishop Fenwick’s daughters should be among the top contenders in Div. 3 North.
The Crusaders dismiss seven players, with Olivia Found leading the charge. The senior goalie scored 16 points and distributed four assists per game last year. Nasha Arnold and Cecilia Kay, a second-year All-Scholastic transfer from Arlington Catholic, will fill the front yard.
Fenwick will be challenged in the Catholic Central League by St. Mary’s. Winners of 20 games and last year’s CCL Cup, the Spartans feature junior guards Kellyn Preira and Yirsy Queliz.
Greater Lowell went 6-3 a season ago and hasn’t graduated any players. The Gryphons return Commonwealth Athletic Conference senior and three-star guard Aliza Som and junior forward Nellie Chan.
Old Rochester is emerging from an unbeaten campaign. The Bulldogs have five returning seniors, including Maggie Brogioli, who recorded 13 points along with six rebounds and four steals in the 2021 South Coast Conference Championship win over Dighton-Rehoboth. Medway will look to Senior Captains Amy Johnston and Maggie Regan. Johnston defends effectively and is a capable scorer on both sides of the three-point line. Regan is a skillful passer.
Juniors Chloe Kirchner, Grace Oliver and Chloe Richardson are Norwell’s big three. Oliver, the reigning South Shore League MVP, averaged 20 points per game last year.
Rockland is retaining his roster from last season. The top scorer and rebounder is senior forward Julia Elie, a commitment from Bentley who hopes to exceed 1,000 points. She will be helped by Maggie Elie and her fellow captains Sydney Blaney and Maddie Murphy.
Watertown brings back eight players aiming to make noise in the Middlesex League. Senior captains Taylor Lambo and Ellie Monahan will set the tone for the Raiders.
Div. 4 does not lack competition either. Seeking to capitalize on his victory at the Cape Ann League tournament, Amesbury will have four seniors and two juniors. Avery and McKenna Hallinan lead the team in points.
Cathedral will feature a youth team. Junior guards Tayla Barros and Sara Thompson are the only students in the upper class to return.
Junior point guard Jourdan Ferreira is the only returning starter from New Mission, which has lost six seniors and prepared for the transfer of Toni Golston. But the Titans have a young sophomore star Amy Mariano, who had 20 points and five rebounds off the bench in the Boston City League quarterfinals.
Bourne will rely on South Coast Conference stars Nora Barmashi and Hannah Wenzel. Senior captain Barmashi, a University of New England forward, scored over 16 points per game last year and is able to defend well. Wenzel is a solid rebounder who can run on the ground.
Monomoy will be directed by Caroline DiGiovanni, Lucy Mawn and Melissa Velasquez.
Fenway has twice lost Dream Teamer Kayana Armbrister to private school, but the Panthers fire guards Wynter Neal, Jania Printemps, Heidi Bah and Sasha Toussaint as well as forward Alani Hollett.
Malden Catholic has made great strides in a short period of time and could compete in Div. 4 as Guards Kylia Reynoso and Mia Mitchell are back with forwards Lily Mineo and Kayla Jackson.
Even though Millis is young, they will be tournament tested by competing in the Tri-Valley League against bigger schools. The best returning players are junior forward Mia Molinari and second-year center Hailey Bassett.
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN DIV. 3
VS : Julia Elie (Rockland), Enilda GonÃ§alves (North-East)
F: Alyssa Belmont (Cardinal Spellman), Maggie Brogioli (Old Rochester), Nelly Chan (Greater Lowell), Natalia Hyman (Weston), Amy Johnston (Medway), Cecilia Kay (Bishop Fenwick), Taylor Lambo (Watertown), Maddie Lawrence (Sandwich ), Katherine Matczak (Bellingham), Felicia Melendez (Greater Lowell), Faith Newton (North Reading), Avery O’Connor (Dedham), Grace Oliver (Norwell), Chloe Rakauskas (Swampscott), Maggie Regan (Medway), Caroline Toomey (East of Bridgewater)
G: Catherine Antwi (Lowell Catholic), Sydney Blaney (Rockland), Sophie Bradbury (East Bridgewater), Sierra Brigham (Sandwich), Ryann Cobban (Sandwich), Mersede Comtois-Pena (Greater Lowell), Rylie Chiappone (Bellingham), Tenley Dakin ( Fairhaven), Ally Dantas (Seekonk), Sophie DiGrande (Swampscott), Kaitlyn Duarte (Greater New Bedford), Maggie Elie (Rockland), Colleen Fogarty (Fontbonne), Olivia Found (Bishop Fenwick), Charlie Keleher (Rockland), Molly Kimball (Triton), Carter King (Ipswich), Chloe Kirhcner (Norwell), Lily Lambo (Watertown), Kate Leinson (Seekonk), Riley Levrault (Apponequet), Bridget Markey (Bishop Stang), Lindsay McCarthy (Shawsheen), Mya Medeiros ( Fairhaven), Emerson Milton (Fairhaven), Charlotte Morey (Lowell Catholic), Niya Morgen (St. Mary’s), Grace Presswood (Dennis-Yarmouth), Jaylene Pires (Dennis-Yarmouth), Yirsy Queliz (St. Mary’s), Chloe Richardson (Norwell), Karissa Rogato (Shawsheen), Hana Skeary (Dover-Sherborn), Aliza Som (Greater Lowell), Alanis Velez (Gr ea ter Lowell), Maddie Wright (Old Rochester)
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN DIV. 4/5
VS : Jessica Campo (Fellowship), Emma Fitzgerald (Manchester-Essex), Jenna Marsh (Franklin), Mairead St. Clair (Mystic Valley)
F: Skylar Amirault (Rising Tide), Mackenzie Balfore (Cape Cod Academy), Hailey Bassett (Millis), Olivia DeLong (Amesbury), Caroline DiGiovanni (Monomoy), Grace Gobell (Bourne). Amy Mariano (New Mission), Lily Mineo (Malden Catholic), Mia Molinari (Millis), Kayla Jackson (Malden Catholic), Liliana Palomino (Mystic Valley), Kylie Schrock (Rockport), Hannah Wenzel (Bourne)
G: Nora Barmashi (Bourne), Tayla Barros (Cathedral), Grace Bienvenue (Rising tide), Sarah Chenette (Cohasset), Sarah Cullinan (Cohasset), Saidah DaSilva (St. Joseph), Jourdan Ferreira (New mission), Avery Hallinan (Amesbury ), McKenna Hallinan (Amesbury), Emma Hiltz (Innovation), Laney Larsen (Cohasset), Jane Maguire (Hamilton-Wenham), Olivia Marchand (St. John Paul), Mia Mitchell (Malden Catholic), Wynter Neal (Fenway), Brooke Orton (Business), Hijah Allen Paisley (Cathedral), Amiyah Peters (Mashpee), Jania Printemps (Fenway), Gabriella Redford (Amesbury), Kylia Reynoso (Malden Catholic), Delaney Scanlon (Innovation), Lili Shanahan (Cape Cod Academy) ), Abigail Sirois (Cas), Adrianna Taboucherani (Fellowship), Sarah Thompson (Cathedral), Hialeah Turner-Foster (Mashpee), Sadie Tracy (Nashoba Tech), Melissa Velasquez (Monomoy)