Bright lights shine in the postseason Postseason’s brightest lights
As the dust settles on postseason play, here are some tournament awards for a few of the top performers at area schools.
■ Rookie of the tournament: The award for best freshman in the playoffs goes to Newton South’s Emily Chang , who averaged 11.8 points per game during the Lions’ improbable run to the Division 1 South semifinal as the bracket’s No. 17 seed.
■ Best sharpshooter: Chris Murray is Littleton High’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points in his career, and he is the three-time Player of the Year in the Midland Wachusett League’s Division D. He lived up to his lofty pedigree in the postseason, averaging 23.8 points per game as he led the Tigers to the Division 3 Central title.
■ Top thief: Lauren Petit was a steals machine all year for Medfield, and the junior continued to play lock-down defense in the tournament, averaging 5.6 swipes per playoff game.
■ Mr. Intangibles: He played less than a minute per game last season, but senior point guard Matt Lawrence took the reins as Wellesley captain this winter and was a natural leader, averaging 17.7 points per game in the tournament and helping the No. 14 seed Raiders reach the Division 2 South semifinals.
■ Breakthrough performance: Look for Millis High’s 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard Amy Assad to make her presence felt in a big way once again next season after averaging 18 points per game in the tournament as her team made it to the Division 4 South final.
Phil Perry can be reached at paperry27@ gmail.com.