Monday, March 10, 2014
AUGUSTA — Whitney Jones of Skowhegan Area High School and Maggie Sabine of Oak Hill High School were among the 10 semifinalists named the Miss Maine Basketball Award, given to the top senior basketball player in the state each year.
Three finalists for the award will be named after the state championships games are played. The winner will be announced at the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Banquet on Friday, March 11 at Husson University.
The other eight semifinalists were: Keila Grigware of Biddeford; Rebecca Knight of Catherine McAuley; Hannah Pray of Central; Kayl Burchill of Deering; Mia Rapolla of Gorham; Courtney Anderson of Leavitt; Megan PHelps of Mount Desert Island and Nicole Taylor of York.
Jones missed the entire season for Skowhegan after breaking a bone in her right foot in the preseason. Jones was named the Morning Sentinel Girls Basketball Player of the Year after her junior season, when she led the Indians to a berth in the Class A state title game. As a junior, she averaged 9.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Jones has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Seton Hall University.
Sabine, meanwhile, led the Raiders to the Western Maine Class B tournament this season. She averaged 17.9 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. Sabine was named the Kennebec Journal Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a junior.
Semifinalists for the boys award were also announced Wednesday. They are: Zach Blodgett of Bangor; Tyler McFarland of Camden Hills; Theo Bowe of Cape Elizabeth; Kyle Brady of Cheverus; Bo Leary of Edward Little; Graham Safford of Hampden; Cam Kaubris of Mountain Valley; Joey McCloskey of Penobscot Valley; Andrew Shaw of Thornton and Alex Furness of Wells High School.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine