Sunday, May 19, 2013
A few tidbits from McAuley’s 54-41 win in the Class A state championship game Saturday in Portland.
• After the Lions raised the Gold Ball to their fans, a couple of players brought the trophy into the stands and placed it in the hands of Sister Edward Mary.
“She’s our ex-principal McAuley senior Sadie Dipierro said. “We’re trying to honor her and the Sisters of Mercy. It’s all for them. We’re just so happy for them. They do a lot for our school so we really appreciate them. They’re wonderful, they’re at every game.”
• Cony did a much better job denying entry passes into the paint in the second half. Coach Karen Magnusson had Melanie Guzman and Mia Diplock front their players. They opened the job with that strategy but were vulnerable to lob passes. In the second half the Rams got better weakside help.
• McAuley started two players — Alexa Coulombe and Olivia Smith — who are both 6-foot-2. Both were as effective on defense as they were offensively, especially when working on the Lions’ zone press.
“We haven’t faced a team with that size and that quickness for their size,” Cony coach Karen Magnusson said.
• McAuley coach Billy Goodman is the Lions’ third coach in three seasons.
“I’ve had three new coaches in the last three years, but they’re great coaches,” Dipierro said. “They kind of coach the same.”
• Former Cony star Amy Vachon, who won two Gold Balls with the Rams, coached at McAuley last year before moving on to an assistant’s job with the University of Maine women’s team. She watched Saturday’s and saw a couple of intriguing sophomore for McAuley in Smith and guard Allie Clement.
• McAuley and Cony have played four times for the state championship and now stand at 2-2.
• Coulombe accepted a full scholarship to Boston College last year. Her line Saturday included seven points, five rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
“Alexa is an awesome player,” Dipierro said. “She’s directed us and we all look up to her.”
• Cony graduates five players — Mia Diplock, Melanie Guzman, Bethany Elwell, Heather Leet and Julie Arbour.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.