Who were the best players in the state basketball tournament?


Noé Beaudet, Norwood — The junior guard helped guide Norwood to the program’s first Division 2 state final appearance by averaging 21.2 points per game. Beaudet delivered clutch shots down the stretch in overtime wins over Mansfield and Burlington.

Aidan Cammann, Andover – A 6-foot-9 senior, the Merrimack Valley Conference MVP averaged 22.5 points per game in the playoffs and did everything he could in a Division 1 semifinal loss against Newton North, recording a game-high 29 points.

Tony Felder Jr., Malden Catholic – The dynamic senior guard ended his career in style with a 38-point performance in a 95-40 Norwood fight in the Division 2 final. Felder also scored 31 points in a quarter-final win over North Quincy; the Lancers won every game of the tournament by at least 37 points.

Mike Loughnane, BC High – The senior guard averaged 26.5 points per game in the playoffs, leading the undefeated Eagles to a Division 1 title under his father, Bill. Loughnane scored 32 critical points in a comeback effort against Springfield Central in the semifinals, BC High’s only narrow victory in their tournament.

Xavier McKenzie, Central Catholic – The senior guard put in one of the tournament’s best performances with a blast of 39 points in a round of 16 win over Beverly. McKenzie followed with 25 points in a quarter-final loss to BC High.


David Brown Jr., St. Mary’s – Coach Dave Brown’s son teamed up with teammate Ali Barry to lead the Spartans to the Division 3 title. The junior started the playoffs with a 40-point performance and finished with 11 points and 7 assists decisive in a 71-40 win over Watertown in the final.

Will Davis, Newton North – A balanced Tigers offense was led by the 6-foot-8 Davis, who was huge in wins over Needham (17 points) and Andover (15 points, 7 rebounds) as North reached the Division 1 Finals.

Shane Mahoney, Burlington – The attacking catalyst helped the Red Devils advance to the Division 2 semi-finals, scoring 22 points in a win over Charlestown and providing 14 assists in a win over Holyoke. Mahoney led a semifinal comeback effort with 20 points in an overtime loss to Norwood.

Nate Robertson, St. Joseph Prep – The Phoenix won their first MIAA Tournament game and reached the Division 4 State Finals thanks to strong play in the second. Robertson led the team in scoring three times, including 20 points in a semi-final win over Snowden and 29 points in the final loss to Randolph.

Marquis White, Randolph — The youngest player in the rotation led the Blue Devils in points in three tournament games. The second and brother to senior Malik White had a team-high 19 points in the Division 4 Final victory over Saint Joseph’s Prep.

Avery Hallinan steered Amesbury to the program’s first Division 4 state title at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Winslow Townson for the Boston Globe

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Jasmyn Cooper, Oliver Ames – The second all-rounder has averaged 20.4 points per game in the tournament, including moving to the point for the Division 2 Final against previously unbeaten Norwood and producing a game-high 22 points.

Anna Foley, Andover – Averaging 19.2 points per game, the junior forward led a Warrior run to the Division 1 Finals and a narrow 43-40 loss to Springfield Central.

Avery Hallinan, Amesbury – The senior guard/forward averaged 25.3 points from the quarter-finals, leading Amesbury to their first Division 4 state title.

Megan Olbrys, Norwood – The Villanova-bound senior forward led the top-seeded Mustangs to the Division 1 Finals, scoring 21 points in a 53-48 loss to Oliver Ames.

Kellyn Preira, Sainte-Marie — No defensive task was too big for the junior guard, who helped lead St. Mary’s to the Division 3 title. Preira scored 16 points and recorded 6 blocks in the national final, his last-second dismissal sealing the 46-44 win over Rockland.


Ashley Dinges, Central Catholic — The sophomore fullback/forward recorded two games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, propelling the Raiders to the Division 1 semifinals.

Julia Elie, Rockland – A senior forward who will play at Bentley, Elie averaged 21.5 points per game in his first four tournaments to help the Bulldogs reach their first state final in more than 20 years.

Orlagh Gormley, North Quincy – The sophomore goaltender’s 56-point first-round assault against Masconomet was the tournament’s most notable individual performance and a North Quincy single-game record.

Caroline Peper, Oliver Ames – Another key element in the Tigers’ state title race, the senior guard/striker scored 30 points to open the tournament against North Middlesex and 21 points in a crucial extra-time win over Medfield in the Division 2 semi-finals.

Yirsy Queliz, Sainte-Marie – The junior guard had 18.4 points per game in the state tournament and hit the go-ahead with 32 seconds left in the Division 3 Finals against Rockland.

Honorable Mention: Amelia Hanscom (Andover), Annie McCarthy (Medfield), Erin Reen (Norwood), Megan Stone (Whitman-Hanson), Ashlee Talbot (Dracut), Julie Bahati (Springfield Central), Bri Frongillo (Hopedale), Averie McGrath (Hoosac Valley).

Compiled by Matt Doherty, Ethan Fuller, Trevor Hass and Nate Weitzer.


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