AP NEWS

The Girls Basketball Team

May 1, 2019

BROOKE PILLSBURY

Westford Academy

Player of the Year

Pillsbury collected 10 double-doubles during a memorable senior campaign for the Grey Ghosts.

The Dual County League Large School co-MVP impressed opposing coaches all season. A 5-foot-10 senior point guard/forward, she averaged 15 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Westford’s team MVP, a year-round basketball player, Pillsbury was a three-year starter and four-year varsity performer. She guided Westford to a 16-6 record this past seaon.

HAYLEY SHERIFF

Ayer Shirley

A four-year starter for the Panthers, Sheriff was named a Mid-Wach E all-star after a superb senior season.

The forward led Ayer Shirley by averaging 11 points per game and she was a shutdown defensive player on the end of the court. Coach Pete Page called her a “walking triple double.” A 12-season athlete, she was Ayer Shirley’s MVP in basketball the last three seasons

Sheriff, who will attend Coastal Carolina, was her league’s MVP runner-up.

MADISON BONVIE

Billerica

Bonvie was named Billerica’s MVP after leading the Indians in scoring (10 points per game), rebounding (6.0 per game) and assists (3.0 per game).

The MVC all-conference selection, a three-year varsity performer, showed her aggressiveness by going to the foul line 126 times. The point guard, a two-year starter, guided the Indians to a 12-10 record and a near upset of Central Catholic in the state tournament.

A junior, Bonvie also competes in soccer and track.

KATE KRUEGER

Chelmsford

A ferocious rebounder, the 5-foot-9 sophomore was named a Merrimack Valley All-Conference selection after a fine season.

Chelmsford’s MVP is one of the area’s top athletes, as she also stars in soccer and lacrosse. Krueger averaged 10.2 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per outing.

“She has a motor that doesn’t quit,” Chelmsford head coach Kevin Branco said.

HANNAH WYNN

Groton-Dunstable

Wynn, a senior captain, led the Crusaders in four categories and was named a Mid-Wach B all-star for the second straight year.

Wynn led Groton-Dunstable in scoring (11.8 points), rebounding (6.8), assists (4.3) and steals (2.9) average. She guided the Crusaders to a 17-6 record and an appearance in the Division 2 Central final.

A clutch player, she scored 26 of her team’s 43 points in the district semifinal win against Medway at Clark University.

EMMA WILSON

Groton-Dunstable

A Mid-Wach B all-star, the junior guard was a major reason the Crusaders won 17 games and came within one basket of defeating Nashoba Regional and winning the Division 2 Central title.

A strong shooter, Wilson drained 57 3-pointers, which was second in Central Mass. Wilson averaged 11.1 points per game.

Wilson netted a season-high 23 points and sank five 3-pointers in a win over Shepherd Hill.

NIKY YRRIZARRY

Lowell

Yrrizarry was named Lowell’s MVP and was a Merrimack Valley All-Conference selection following an outstanding junior campaign.

Lowell’s point guard led the Red Raiders by averaging 16.5 points per game. She also averaged 4.5 steals per game. A three-year varsity performer, Yrrizarry is a hard-nosed player who is very athletic.

Yrrizarry demonstrated her talent during a 32-point, 12-rebound, 6-assist effort against Billerica.

OLIVIA GAGNON

Pelham

Gagnon became the third Pelham player in three years to reach 1,000 points when she reached the milestone during her final game, a playoff loss against Spaulding.

The senior point guard averaged 18 points, 10 assists and five rebounds this past season. The finished in sixth place for the All-State voting for Division 2, which qualified her for second-team All-State.

The four-year varsity performer sank 54 3-pointers this winter. Gagnon will attend Gordon College and play basketball.

ERIN GALLELLA

Tewksbury

A fierce competitor, the senior point guard was named the Merrimack Valley Conference’s co-MVP after a fine season.

The four-year starter finished her Redmen career in style, averaging 12.8 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 steals per game. A player who sees the court well and can create her own shot, Gallella was a three-year MVC All-Conference pick.

Gallella, who finished with 945 career points, will play basketball at Worcester State.

ELIZABETH GALLELLA

Tewksbury

Gallella teamed with her twin sister Erin to form a dynamic duo for the Redmen.

The senior forward averaged 14.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Gallella, who scored a career-high 28 points as a sophomore, shined inside and outside for Tewksbury en route to netting Merrimack Valley Conference all-star status.

A three-year starter who also plays soccer, Gallella will join her sister in playing at Worcester State.

ALLISON WILD

Tewksbury

Wild was a major force during Tewksbury’s run to the Division 2 North championship game.

The 6-foot-1 junior center led the Redmen by averaging 11.4 rebounds per game. She also averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 blocks per outing. A three-year MVC All-Conference selection, Wild is also a volleyball standout.

Wild showed her considerable skill during a 23-point, 22-rebound, 8-block effort against MVC rival Andover.

KATIE HURYNOWICZ

Tyngsboro

The junior forward was named a Mid-Wach all-star and co-MVP of her league after sparking the Tigers to a 17-5 record and a berth in the D3 Central quarters.

Hurynowicz led Tyngsboro in scoring (14 points per game) and rebounding (6.0). A physical player who was her team’s emotional leader, Hurynowicz scored 76 points during an impressive three-game stretch.

Tyngsboro’s MVP, who hauled down 16 rebounds in a state tournament game, is also a softball star for the Tigers.

SAMANTHA FAGUNDES

Tyngsboro

A terrific defender, Fagundes did a little bit of everything for the Tigers during a strong 17-5 season.

The junior forward averaged 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. The Mid-Wach D all-star received Tyngsboro’s Coaches Award.

A year-round basketball player, Fagundes was second on Tyngsboro in steals and rebounds, and first in blocks. She drained six 3-pointers in one game against Littleton.

KYLIE DUCHARME

Wilmington

The Middlesex League all-star and Wilmington’s co-MVP showed some of her impressive potential this winter.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. A two-year varsity player, DuCharme also produced 3-4 steals and assists per game. DuCharme was a major reason the Wildcats went 13-9 and made the Division 2 North tournament.

DuCharme also plays volleyball and lacrosse at Wilmington High.

MARK BRADLEY

Tewksbury

Coach of the Year

Bradley guided the Redmen to the Division 2 North championship game, a round the program had never reached before.

Tewksbury went 19-4 under Bradley’s direction and gave eventual state champion Pentucket a major battle before falling at the Tsongas Center. Bradley has coached 22 years in Tewksbury’s system, the last 12 as head coach.

Bradley was a three-sport star at Tewksbury High who won a state football title in 1996. He owns a construction company in Tewksbury.

SECOND TEAM

Alvirne: Sarah Ruigrok, jr. Ayer Shirley: Riley Murphy, jr. Billerica: Haley Reinhold, sr. Chelmsford: Hanna Polce, jr. Dracut: Aya Alkassar, fr. Greater Lowell Tech: Aliza Som, fr. Groton-Dunstable: Bronwyn Mulligan, jr. Innovation Academy: Sarah Milne, jr. Littleton: Falynne Rzezuski, jr. Lowell: Michaela Martinez, sr. North Middlesex: Erin Bourgeois, sr. Notre Dame: Natalie Kelleher, sr. Shawsheen Tech: Alex DiPerri, sr. Tewksbury: Haley Mignon, sr. Tyngsboro: Sara Anselmo, sr. Westford Academy: Carolyn Graham, sr. Wilmington: Jenna Travanese, jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Alvirne: Sara Lavoie, sr. Ayer Shirley: Katie Hart, so. Billerica: Sydney Sartell, so. Chelmsford: Meaghan Goode, so.; Kat Sullivan, so. Dracut: Kat Morissette, sr. Greater Lowell Tech: Michaela Kelly, sr.; Fatta Krah, sr. Groton-Dunstable: Abby Eisenklam, jr.; Jillian Van Pelt, jr. Innovation Academy: Natalia Nickerson, fr.; Ava Nickerson, jr. Littleton: Rachel Klock, jr. Lowell Catholic: Emily Jussaume, sr.; Emily Bartlett, jr.; Antonia Mukiibi, so. Nashoba Tech: Kaitlyn May, sr.; Abigail Cogan, fr.; Brianna Clark, so. North Middlesex: Katie Kleeman, jr.; Rae Callahan, so. Notre Dame: Bridget Ryan, sr.; Caitlin Ryan, sr. Pelham: McKenna Williams, jr.; Abbey Schwab, so. Westford Academy: Ally Giovino, jr. Wilmington: Gabby Bond, sr.