Gray-New Gloucester lost two-thirds of the scoring from its one-loss, state championship team to graduation, but its still an interesting team in 2017-18.
“We’ve got some pretty good pieces,” seventh-year coach Michael Andreasen said. “Obviously, not as experienced as we have been.”
Specifically, that is a reference to the returns of junior Bri Jordan and sophomore Jordan Grant.
In her first two years of high school basketball, Jordan (10 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assist per game) was a starter on teams that reached the state championship, as was the B South regional MVP. This year, she’s the most experienced player, by far — the team has no seniors — so Andreasen is hoping she can shoulder the leadership role and carry the scoring load every game.
“This year, we’re obviously going to rely on her more heavily,” Andreasen said.
Grant (5.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg) shined as the Patriots’ sixth man, and probably could have started if not for all of the veterans ahead of her last year.
“Those two are our one-two punch, so to speak,” Andreasen said.
Alexa Thayer, a strong defender, and Michaela Ryan also saw limited time last year, they were the seventh and eighth players on a team that typically only went six-deep. They’ll move into the starting lineup, along with either forward Eliza Hotham and point guard Madysen West. When West plays, Jordan will likely move to a different position.
“Bri can play about anywhere,” Andreasen said.
Coach: Mike Andreasen (seventh year)
Conference: Western Maine; Class: B South
Last year’s results: 21-1 (Class B state champion)
Returning athletes: Juniors — Brianna Jordan, Alexa Thayer, Michaela Ryan; Sophomore — Jordan Grant.
Promising newcomers: Junior — Chelsea Davis; Sophomores — Madysen West, Abigail Michaud, Samantha Fortin, Eliza Hotham.
Key losses: Grace Kariotis, Alicia Dumont, Izzy DeTroy, Skye Conley.