Annie Cooke, Sr., F, Skowhegan: The 5-foot-10 Cooke was a second-team BDN All-Maine selection last season when she averaged 15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3 steals. Skowhegan coach Mike LeBlanc called his Class A North all-tournament choice and KVAC Player of the Year a tough matchup. “She’s athletic, she can shoot from the perimeter or go to the basket.” Messalonskee coach Keith Derosby said Cooke “has a nice jumper, she goes (hard) after rebounds and she’ll get in passing lanes.”
Gabrielle Wener, Jr., F-G, Messalonskee: The 6-2 Wener is coming off an impressive sophomore season in which she averaged 14 points and seven rebounds. She was all-tourney and All-KVAC and was an All-Maine honorable mention. “She is a matchup nightmare,” said Derosby. “She can handle the ball, she can play inside, she can shoot the three and she moves well off the ball. She’s smart, she understands the game.”
Lauren Cook, Jr. G,. Calais: Cook led the No. 11 Blue Devils to upset victories over No. 6 Central Aroostook of Mars Hill and No. 3 Narraguagus of Harrington in the Class C North tournament. The 5-5 Cook averaged 14.7 points to earn a berth on the all-tourney team. “She is a huge threat.” Woodland coach Michelle Ripley added, “I’ve never seen anyone who can shoot from anywhere like she can.”
Kassidy Mathers, Sr., G, Southern Aroostook: The multifaceted Mathers was instrumental in Southern Aroostook annexing its first Class D state title in 23 years. She averaged over 10 points and four assists and was an all Class D North all-tourney selection and an All-Maine honorable mention. “She is the Swiss army knife of our basketball team,” said SA coach Cliff Urquhart. “She can pass, shoot, rebound and defend. She can guard anyone.”
Makaelyn Porter, Jr., G, Southern Aroostook: The 5-10 Porter is the Warriors’ point guard and was the Class D North tournament Most Valuable Player, averaging 17 ppg. She was also an All-Maine honorable mention. “She makes a lot happen for them. Urquhart said “Her biggest attribute is her basketball IQ. She sees the floor well and always finds the open man. She’s a real good 3-point shooter but she can also take it to the basket.”
Peyton Grant, So., G, Dexter: Grant made a dramatic splash as a freshman point guard, leading her father Jody’s Tigers to a berth in the Class C North final. She averaged 17 points and five assists and was an effective defender and rebounder. “She showed great poise and maturity at a very young age,” said Houlton coach Shawn Graham. “She hit some big-time shots in big situations. She has a knack for the game.” The all-tourney choice averaged 20.3 ppg and was an All-Maine honorable mention.
Bailey Donovan, Sr., C-F, Hampden Academy: The 6-3 Donovan had an exceptional junior season culminating in a Class A North championship. She was the catalyst for the Broncos with her dominance in the paint at both ends. She averaged 12.3 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to earn MVP honors in the Class A North tournament. “She is a great rebounder. She has good hands. If she wants to take a game over she can,” said Derosby.
Emily Curtis, So., F-C, Woodland: Curtis is another freshman who burst on the scene in eye-opening fashion, scoring nearly 300 points and grabbing close to 300 rebounds. She earned all-tourney honors in Class D North after scoring 57 points and averaging over 12 rebounds. “She is a dominant inside player,” said former Narraguagus coach Heather Thompson. “She’s graceful but she’s tough. She’s strong and she uses her body well.”
Katherine Alley, Jr. G. Stearns: Alley was a key contributor in Stearns 16-4 season as she averaged 17 points per game. “She’s a real good scorer. She has a nose for the basket,” said Stearns’ Cullen. “She’s very quick, she has quick hands and she always guards the other team’s top scorer.” The younger sister of Husson University guard Emma Alley will get to play with freshman sister Alisyn Alley.
Cait Tracy, Sr., F. Hermon: The 5-10 Tracy is a small forward who was second-team All-Big East a year ago despite missing a half-dozen games with a broken wrist. “She has a great midrange game,” said Hermon coach Chris Cameron. “She can penetrate or hit a pull-up jumper. She has a real nice scoring touch around the rim. She sees the floor real well. She’s a game-changer.