HUDSON -- The superstars were out in full force Thursday and Friday night at Hudson High School, as the Midland Wachusett League put the league's top talent on the same team. Much like the WNBA All-Star game, there were the usual three-point and free-throw shooting contests, and, of course, boatloads of three-pointers. When you get the top talent in the area together for one night, something special is bound to happen.
Groton-Dunstable were well represented in the game with 1,000-point sharp-shooter Rachel McCarron (12 points, two rebounds) on the floor, and sophomore teammate Lindsay Werner delighted the crowd with her Steve Nash-esque pull-up jumpers.
Werner dropped eight points in the Mid-Wach B's 93-62 exhibition loss to the Mid-Wach A team, who was coached by North Middlesex legend Pat Murphy. Murphy is no stranger to manning the bench for these events.
"It is such a tough league, and I was very happy that we got both kids in," said Murphy. "I thought for sure Mackensey would make it and she did. To have Maddie make it -- that was a bonus. It's a nice showcase at the end of the season, and recognition from throughout the league. It makes it nice that other coaches recognize what you and your kids do."
The Patriots sent two all-stars to the game in junior forward Mackensey Farina and senior captain Maddie Balassie. Farina dropped eight points and recorded four rebounds in the A team's win. Farina was the league's fourth-highest scorer this season, averaging almost 15 points per game.
"It was hard not getting into districts, but then coming here and playing with all the league's great players, it was just a great time," said Farina. "They are great people. When you play against them during the season, you are like, 'Oh no, I have to play against this girl.' But when you play with them, it is fun."
Balassie chirped in with 10 points per game, and she had the third-highest made free-throws in the league with 36.
Balassie showcased her sweet stroke as she tickled the twine a few times. During the game's half-time free-throw competition, Balassie took second place.
"What a nice way to end her high school career," said Murphy. "She had 10 points, hit a couple of threes, and had some nice drives. I enjoy sitting on the bench, and putting some heat on the kids who put it on you all year. It was fun."
McCarron has unanimously been named to the League All-Star team three out of her four years at Groton-Dunstable. McCarron dropped 10 points for the B team, which featured a pair of three-point bombs. McCarron has one of the purest releases in Central Mass, and is the second overall scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game. She was named league MVP and is bound for a River Hawks program bound for Division one.
"Rachel's accomplishment, I think, is close to unprecedented," said Groton-Dunstable head coach Mark Hennelly. "I never heard of anybody named unanimous league MVP three years in a row. Having Lindsay Werner down there is exciting because there is nobody more passionate or harder-working. She works relentlessly on her basketball game all year long, it is a huge part of her life.."
Also competing in the All-Star weekend were Ayer-Shirley senior Emily Megan and junior Gabby Hebert. The reigning Mid-Wach D league champion Bromfield Lady Trojans sent both of their senior captains Montana Burke (1,000-plus career points) and WPI bound Casey Magrath, along with junior forward Suzanne Ross. Megan took home the league academic honors, while Bromfield was presented with the Mid-Wach D sportsmanship award.