Newburyport Daily News
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Hailey Bonia was Georgetown's most prolific player on offense this year, averaging 10.4 points and 9 rebounds per game on the year. A formidable presence in the paint, Bonia recorded seven double-doubles and blocked 89 shots, by far the most on the team. Her best game of the season came against Manchester-Essex, when she scored 22 points. Upon the completion of the season, Bonia was honored as a CAL All-Star and named Georgetown's Offensive Player of the Year.
As Georgetown's main facilitator on offense, Cayla Durkee contributed in a lot of ways to her team this season. Durkee averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 assists per game, and also recorded a team-high 63 steals on the year. She was also the team's leading three-point shooter, making 19 on the season. After the season, Durkee was selected as a CAL All-Star and was also named Team MVP by her coaches.
One of Pentucket's two junior captains, McKenna Kilian averaged 10.9 points, 6 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. Kilian played her best basketball down the stretch, recording 19 points against Triton, 17 points and 12 rebounds against Masconomet and 16 points and 16 rebounds in the Sachems' triple-overtime victory against North Reading on Feb. 7. Kilian was a CAL All-League selection this year, and in her first two years on the team she played at the TD Garden twice, first winning the state championship as a freshman before falling to Archbishop Williams in the state semifinal as a sophomore. Kilian has a 4.0 GPA and she looks up to her sister Colleen.
Triton's leading scorer as a freshman, Tessa LaFrance averaged a shade under 8 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Vikings. Her best performance of the year came against Randolph, when she recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. After the season, LaFrance was honored as a CAL All-Star, and she said the highlight of her season was making the varsity team as a freshman and getting a chance to contribute right away. Though college is still a long way off, LaFrance said her goal is to keep working hard so she may have a chance to play basketball collegiately.
The veteran Newburyport point guard finished her high school basketball career strong this past winter, averaging 8.4 points per game to go along with a team-leading 49 assists. A CAL All-Star and team co-MVP, Leahy regularly made big shots in key moments for the Clippers, with the biggest by far being the season-saving three she made to force double overtime in Newburyport's first round tournament matchup against Marblehead. Leahy is also a star in the classroom, where she maintains a GPA of 4.2. After graduating she will attend Union College in the fall to play soccer.
Amanda Martin was Amesbury's top offensive player this past season with 10.7 points per game, which led the team and earned her the team's Offensive MVP award at season's end. She was also a CAL All-Star, and she said the highlight of her season was hitting the go-ahead three-pointer against Dedham, whom Amesbury would go on to beat 51-45 in the team's first win of the year. Off the court, Martin has a GPA of 4.3 and plans on going to nursing school after she graduates next year, but first she hopes to have a productive senior season as captain next year.
Maddie Napoli made a major impact on Amesbury this season as a freshman, leading the team in both assists and steals while emerging as the team's top defensive player. Napoli averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, and her best performance of the year came in the team's second matchup with Ipswich on Jan. 31, when she scored 18 points. After the season she was named the team's co-MVP on defense, and she said she looks up to head coach Chris Perry as a mentor.
Emily Pettigrew had a breakout season for the Clippers this past year, emerging as one of the league's most dominant frontcourt players as a sophomore. Pettigrew averaged a team-high 12.2 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds per game and 44 blocks, earning CAL All-League honors at the end of the season. Pettigrew came up huge in the team's first round tournament matchup with Marblehead, recording 20 points and 9 rebounds, and she also scored 21 points in an earlier game against Saugus.
One of Newburyport's most versatile players, Mary Pettigrew did almost everything for the Clippers this past year. The CAL All-Star and team co-MVP played nearly every position, guarded everyone from the opposing team's point guard to center and was relied upon to help orchestrate many of the team's plays. Pettigrew averaged 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, though she came on hot towards the end of the season and averaged closer to 14 points per game in the second half. Her best game of the season came in the team's first round tournament matchup against Marblehead, when she scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the team's 54-51 double-overtime win. After graduating, Mary plans to study nursing at UMass Amherst.
After making the varsity squad as a freshman, Erin Savage quickly emerged as one of the best players on the team. Savage averaged over 7 points per game and also recorded 75 assists and steals on the season. Savage's best game came on Feb. 6 against Pentucket, when she recorded 10 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. A CAL All-Star, Savage was described by coach Charlie Noonan as a consistent player who could always be counted on to contribute every night. Savage said the highlight of her season was getting to bond with the team's upperclassmen, and she said she looks up to her sister Jess, who is a standout distance runner on the track team.
Pentucket coach John McNamara described Rebecca Torrisi as “a real dirt dog” who could be counted on to lock down the opposing team’s best player and play solid defense on a regular basis. Though Torrisi’s offensive numbers weren’t as impressive as teammates Kelsi McNamara and McKenna Kilian, she averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She did have a handful of big games, including a 9-point, 8-rebound performance against Saugus and a 7-rebound effort in the state tournament against Arlington Catholic. Torrisi was honored as CAL All-Star, maintains a 4.0 GPA and looks up to her mom as a mentor and role model.