Sunday, March 9, 2014
By Gary Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Emily Quirion is the first to tell you she’s no Josie Lee, but she’s doing a pretty good imitation of the former Cony High School star for the Rams this season.
• Gardiner senior Ally Day scored 20 points and hauled down 11 rebounds in a 68-64 win against Oceanside.
• Oak Hill freshman Brianna Mulherin scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over Hall-Dale.
• Maranacook junior Christine Miller scored 14 points in a loss to Medomak Valley.
• Cony senior Emily Quiron scored 24 points in a win against Mt. Ararat.
• Cony senior Hayley Quirion scored 21 points to lead the Rams past St. Dominic in the championship game of the Capital City Hoop Classic.
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Lee was the lone graduate from a team that reached the Eastern Maine Class A final last season. Just 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds, she led the team in scoring and assists and was the leading rebounder in the southern division of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference at 10.4 per game. This winter, she’s playing for Tufts University, one of the top Division III schools in the country.
Quirion, who played off guard and backed up Lee at the point, was a key player last season, but this year she’s accepted a greater role. She’s moved to point guard and like Lee did, is leading the team in scoring at 17.6 points a game, two better than Lee did last season. In the second game of the season, against a pretty good Lewiston team, she scored 33 points.
“I love it,” Quirion said of playing point guard. “I like controlling the pace.”
The pace for the undersized Rams is always a quick one. Quirion is a ball hawk on the front of Cony’s press and pushes the ball at every opportunity. She’s a good outside shooter, who has 11 3-pointers in her first six games and is also adept at going to the hoop.
“I pretty much have any option,” she said. “Pass it, shoot it, take it myself.”
Two or three inches shorter than Lee and 20 pounds lighter, Quirion is not her equal as a rebounder, but she gets her share.
“She’s a sparkplug,” Cony coach Ted Rioux said. “She’s always working. People feed off that. If you see her working, you better work.”
Emily is one of the Quirion triplets playing for the Rams, although the season could come to a premature end for Lindsey, who is out with a stress fracture in one of her legs.
“She’s getting it X-rayed on Jan. 6 to find out if she can come back,” Rioux said.
Lindsey was mostly a defensive specialist who came off the bench for the Rams. Her absence impacts Cony’s depth and Rioux is hoping he can find a replacement.
Sister Hayley, like Emily, is a scorer. She has 12 3-pointers through the first six games and has risen the level of her game all-around.
“Hayley has really learned the game a lot in the last month and a half,” Rioux said. “We’re really happy with her.”
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Maranacook junior Christine Miller emerged as one of the top players in the Class B division of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference last season, averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds a game.
Those statistics weren’t lost on her opponents, who have paid special attention to stopping the 5-foot-10 forward this season.
“The other night she was triple teamed,” Maranacook coach Jeannine Paradis said,
Miller not only survived in that game against Lincoln Academy, she thrived, scoring 27 points and hauling down 17 rebounds. Fifteen of those points came from the free-throw line. Paradis said Miller’s teammates do a nice job setting screens for her and Miller has become adept at handling pressure.
“She does a nice job of drawing attention and she still looks to find the open player,” Paradis said. “She also looks to penetrate and get to the line.”
Miller’s teammates have taken up some of the scoring slack as well. Point guard Catherine Sanborn scored 21 points in a recent game and 5-foot-11 junior Liz DiAngelo has been playing well with Miller on the interior while Sarah Clough is knocking down some shots from the outside.
“I like our effort,” Paradis said. “We’re going to keep creating some mismatches and kids are going to have to step up.
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Oak Hill coach Tom Morong expected big things from freshman Brianna Mulherin, based in large part from what he saw from her this summer and so far she’s lived up to those expectations.
Mulherin scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Monday’s 50-32 win at Hall-Dale and the 5-foot-10 forward was able to get Hall-Dale’s 6-1 Allison Crockett in foul trouble.
“She’s really turned the corner,” Morong said. “This weekend she averaged double figures in the Christmas tournament games we played. She makes some good decisions, she’s really starting to play at the level I expected her to play at.”
Mulherin also showed an ability to handle the ball in the open court, knocked down some outside shots and played well in the Raiders’ press.
“She’s very physical,” Morong said. “She takes the outside shot, she can score inside. We actually should have gone to her a lot more to her earlier (against Hall-Dale),”Gary Hawkins — email@example.comTwitter: @GaryHawkinsKJ