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Statewide 1998-99 High School Girls Basketball Preview
Conlon: Much More Than A Shooter When assistant coach Eric DeMarco left Seymour, Maria Conlon had just won the MVP of the state final as a freshman. When he returned as head coach last month, he found the state's best player. In the interim, both her honors and fan mail grew.
``She's a very nice player with a trunkload of inquiries from colleges,'' DeMarco said. ``I'm very happy that she plays for me and nobody else.''
The 5-foot-7 junior guard won another championship game MVP award and has twice been All-Naugatuck Valley League. To say she's an excellent shooter is to slight her complete game.
Only in her statistical averages last season do you get a feel for her dominance: 17.2 points, 7.4 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 steals. She shot 47 perecent from the field, 43 percent on three-pointers and 76 percent from the free throw line. She has 789 career points, 335 assists and was Class M All-State last season.
After 10 years as Joe Frager's assistant at Seymour, DeMarco spent a year as Farmington's coach. When Frager got the job as women's coach at Southern Connecticut State University, DeMarco returned.
``We crossed paths a lot in the summertime and the thing about her is she is constantly training and working on her game,'' he said. ``Whether it's in the park, with the boys, in the backyard or AAU, she just loves it.''