2014 Winter Preview: Mt. Blue girls’ basketball

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Coach: Gavin Kane (first year)

Last year’s record: 9-11, lost in Eastern A quarterfinals

Returning players: Seniors —Addie Brinkman C, Sarah Cummings F, Rachele Bator F; Juniors  — Moesha Harrington G, Eryn Doiron G, Emilee Eustis G, MacKenzie Harris F, Caitlin Kane G, Lauren Guppy G.

  Key losses: Miranda Niceley F, Kiana Thompson G, Emily Knowles F.

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Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Leah St. Laurent, Hannah LeClair G, Kasadie Barker F.

Overview: Coach Kane makes the jump to the Class A level with the Cougars after coaching at Spruce Mountain. Mt. Blue beat Lewiston in the prelims last year and nearly toppled the No. 1 seed in Eastern A in the quarterfinals. The Cougars return just two starters, Brinkman and Kane. Players like Cummings, Bator and Doiron saw time off the bench  and contributed. Mt. Blue didn’t have a summer season with its new coach. So it will take time for the Cougars to adjust and round into form, but Mt. Blue should be a tourney team and a tough opponent by the end of the year.

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