Three members of the 20-win Foxboro High Warriors and three members of the 17-win Mansfield High Hornets highlight the selections to The Sun Chronicle 2018-19 Girls All-Star Basketball Team.
Foxboro coach Lisa Downs’ MIAA Division 2 state champions from a year ago reached the semifinals of the Division 2 South Tournament once again, but lost to eventual champion Pembroke. The Warriors are represented on the Sun Chronicle All-Star Team by Katelyn Mollica, Abby Hassman and Chelsea Gibbons.
Mansfield was a possession away from upending eventual MIAA Division 1 South Sectional titlist Braintree, advancing to the quarterfinal round due to the work of Sun Chronicle All-Stars Maggie Danehy, Mady Bendanillo and Sydney Mulkern.
The postseason success of area girls’ teams did not end with the Warriors and Hornets. Dighton-Rehoboth advanced to the South Sectional quarterfinals in Division 2, as did Bishop Feehan and King Philip in the Division 1 South Sectional.
Four players are repeat Sun Chronicle All-Stars — Bishop Feehan senior Bri Gillen, Dighton-Rehoboth senior Gwyn Tatton, King Philip senior Shannon O’Connor and Seekonk junior Mia DiBiase.
Rounding out this season’s selections are Attleboro’s Liv McCall, North Attleboro’s Julia Feid, Dighton-Rehoboth’s Emily D’Ambrosio and King Philip’s Faye Veilleux.
Both Mollica and Gibbons were members of the 2017 and 2018 MIAA Division 2 South champion from Foxboro. Hassman proved to be the defensive and rebounding thread for success that translated into 20 wins and the Kelley-Rex Division title (at 14-2) in the Hockomock League. Mollica hit 73 3-pointers en route to becoming the No. 2 leading scorer in the Hockomock League, boosting her career scoring total to 715 points, while Gibbons shot better than 50 percent from the floor and averaged nearly 10 points per game.
Mansfield is represented by Chronicle All-Stars Danehy, who averaged nearly 12 points per game and had a team-best 263 rebounds; Bendanillo, who averaged 6.6 points per outing and dished out a team-high 96 assists; and the sharp-shooting Mulkern, who hit 36 3-pointers, shot 40 percent from the floor and averaging nearly 10 points per game.
King Philip thrust itself into being a force due to the presence of O’Connor, who averaged nearly 12 points and seven rebounds per game while Veilleux averaged 12 points and six rebounds per outing as the Warriors made their first MIAA Tournament appearance in nearly a decade with 14 wins.
Tatton averaged 15 points and D’Ambrosio 13 points to direct Dighton-Rehoboth to 15 wins before losing in the quarterfinals of the Division 2 South Tournament to defending champion Foxboro.
Gillen averaged 10.4 points per game for coach Mike Deady’s final team at Bishop Feehan High. The Shamrocks lost in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 South Tournament to eventual finalist Needham.
North Attleboro’s Feid, a four-year varsity veteran and three-year starter, led the Big Red in points (13.5) and rebounds (6.6). AHS guard McCall helped the Bombardiers to eight wins, averaging 10.4 points. DiBiase, South Coast Conference All-Star, boosted her career scoring total to 980 points and led the Warriors to 10 wins to reach the postseason.