Fort Kent girls basketball excited for new season

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Community High School Warrior girls varsity basketball team is eager to hit the courts after a season shortened last year due to COVID-19.

“The team is excited to play basketball again with fans in the gym and with a full 18-game schedule,” Head Coach Kelly O’Leary said. “Last year was a COVID year and we only played seven games.”

Fort Kent’s season was shortened when the school went to a remote learning model due to COVID-19 at a local business. While other Aroostook County teams were scheduled to play 12 games, Valley Unified schools – Fort Kent, Madawaska and Wisdom – were only able to participate in eight games.

This is O’Leary’s seventh year coaching the Warrior girls, and the large and enthusiastic team of 17 players will provide strong competition for their opponents. 

“This year’s team will have a lot of talent in all positions and the depth of the bench will be another great asset,” O’Leary said. 

The roster features seniors Allee Morgan and Kassidy O’Leary;  juniors Larissa Daigle, Caitlin Overlock, Genevieve Michaud-Naranja and Shania Morin; sophomores  Emma Caron, Julia Cyr, Emelia Voisine, Madeline Philbrook and Hannah Lovley; and freshmen Lily Oliver, Lilly Werntgen, Anna Durost, Ellie Roy, Madison Morneault and Amarii Weaver.

The team lost Shaylee Jandreau to graduation.

O’Leary, a former University of Maine at Fort Kent player, has always placed emphasis on defense and the importance of teamwork. 

In the past he has said in his role as a coach it is just as important to teach players how to behave off the court as it is skills on the court. 

The Warrior girls will have no set starting five. “We are talented in all positions and many kids could potentially start any game,” O’Leary said. 

Having played so few teams last year, O’Leary said he is not sure who will present the greatest challenge this season. 

During the last regular season, the Warriors earned their way to a spot in the 2019-2020 playoffs. They traveled to Howland where they fell in the first round to the Class C North champs, Penobscot Valley. 

The Warrior girls finished its 2017-2018 regular season with a record of 13 wins and 6 losses and made it to the state high school basketball tournament, where they fell to Dexter.  

Last year the Warriors went 2-6 and fell to Southern Aroostook in the newly implemented Aroostook County League Class Small School division quarterfinals.

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