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Yet another Ashley Storey story has a happy ending.
After leading Greely to the Class B girls’ basketball title late last month, Storey was recognized as the finest female player in the state Friday night in Bangor when she won the Miss Maine Basketball Award at the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star banquet.
“This is the highest individual award presented to a male and female basketball player in the state,” said Mike Giordano, the president of the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and the girls’ coach at Scarborough High School. “It’s awarded for commitment, dedication and excellence throughout the players’ high school careers.”
Storey, a 6-foot-3 senior standout who can do it all, got the nod over Presque Isle’s Hannah Graham and Thornton Academy’s Victoria Lux.
“I’m just honored and blessed to be here, I’m really excited,” Storey said. “It’s always been a goal to get this far.”
Storey led the Western Maine Conference in scoring with 20.6 points per game, in rebounding (10.4) and in blocked shots (3.5). She also averaged 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals. Storey was named the Mike DiRenzo Award winner as the Western B regional tournament’s outstanding player-sportsman and was a finalist for the Western Maine Conference’s Bob Butler Award. Storey had 13 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in a 56-39 victory over Presque Isle in the Class B Final. Storey is a four-time WMC all-star and is Greely’s first and only 1,000 career point scorer.
Storey is an imposing post presence, but can also handle the ball and was lauded by Greely coach Joel Rogers.
“We’ll never replace Ashley,” Rogers said. “She’s a once-in-an-every-20-years-type player. I’ll never coach another player like that in my lifetime.”
Storey will attend and play basketball at the University of New Hampshire next year.
Storey was the second girl from Greely to be named Miss Maine Basketball, joining Morgan DiPietro (2001).
Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard was selected Mr. Maine Basketball, defeating fellow finalists Jack Simonds of Falmouth and Nick Mayo of Messalonskee.
Bangor Daily News staff writer Ernie Clark contributed to this story
After leading Greely to the Class B state title, senior Ashley Storey earned the most prestigious honor in Maine high school girls’ basketball last weekend as she was named Miss Maine Basketball.