Top 50 Girls Hoops: #9 Maiah Shelton

Norwell’s three guard trio fully has their legs under them by now as they enter their third season on the varsity level and Maiah Shelton is coming off her best season, being named to the Outside the Huddle All-Area team in 2018-19.

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Shelton led the Knights in scoring by picking her game up significantly during the second half of the season. At 13.4 points per game, Shelton hit a team best 52.1 percent from two point range and is a cagey player around the rim. She finds ways to maneuver through and around larger and longer players seamlessly and had a team second best five rebounds per game. Shelton is a fundamental player star who is very good at getting to the rim. She nearly broke the program’s free throw record knocking down 86 of 104 free throws last season for an astounding 82.7 percent from the free throw line.

With a no nonsense looked carved into her face, Shelton’s work ethic shines on a team who works harder than just about any other in the area. There isn’t any one thing that she hasn’t gotten better at in either of her first two seasons on the varsity level. In the second half of last season, she strengthened her image as a trustworthy wing that can handle the ball and make good choices with it.

“She’s just really long and crafty. Her stride makes her hard to guard on the bounce, and she has a nice soft touch around the basket,” Norwell coach Eric Thornton says. “We’ll really need Maiah’s ability to deflect passes on the defensive end. And if she can improve her rebounding mentality, we can be an even better transition team.”

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