STONINGTON — Stonington High junior Margot Calmar has been named Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class M All-State. Longtime Bears coach Paulla Solar received notification of the award on Wednesday.
The 6-foot center is the first Stonington girls’ basketball player to receive the honor since Caroline Gosselin (2009-10) and Heather Buck before that (for the third time in 2007-08).
Starting 22 of 23 games, Calmar led the team in rebounding (18.6 per game) and was second in scoring (17.1). She had double-doubles in 20 games. She scored a career-high 28 points four times and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in one of those games.
“It takes an incredible athlete to score and rebound the way Margot did,” Solar said. “Most kids give you one or the other. She is a three-sport standout, who was MVP of the state tournament in field hockey and also played well in lacrosse.”
Calmar also was named to the ECC Medium Division All-Star first team, along with sophomore guard Tatyana LaFrance Boyce. Both players had earned Honorable Mention at that level the year before — their first postseason honor.
Calmar’s 427 rebounds are the most in one season by a Stonington girl since 1987-88, which is the first season that The Sun began maintaining rebounding statistics.
Calmar passed Buck, who had 399 in 2008. Calmar trails only Buck (class of 2008) in career rebounds. Buck had 1,404 in four varsity seasons. Jenn Fogg (class of 2003) is third with 846.
“Margot has some great post moves,” Solar said. “She either scores on putbacks or positions herself to be fouled and has perfected her free throws (averaging 61.9 percent).
“She has an uncanny way of reading the ball off the rim, even outrebounding taller girls. She sets rebounding goals for each game and usually meets them — that’s one of her gifts.
Calmar is one of nine players named Class M All-State.
“Margot is a hard worker and a great kid. She also is a great leader and is very high academically, like third in her class. She wants to go to an Ivy League school and play basketball, ” Solar said.
LaFrance Boyce also put up some impressive and team-leading statistics this season. The 5-8 sophomore guard led the Bears in scoring (18.1 points per game), free-throw percentage (70.7) and steals (2.9). She was second on the team in rebounding (7.1) and assists (2.1).
LaFrance Boyce started 21 of 23 games. She scored in double figures 20 times and reached 20 points 10 times, including a career-high 31 toward the end of the regular season.
“Tatyana’s scoring her first two years has been amazing,” Solar said. “From the two or three position she has been high scorer on the team both years.
“She is really aggressive. She has a true knack of anticipating the next pass — you can’t teach that. She’s the kid we put in front of the press.
La France Boyce also was the team’s leader in average scoring (12.5) and steals (4.0) her freshman year. WIth 704 points in two years, she is well on her way to joining the school’s 1,000-point club.
“Basketball is her passion,” Solar said. “She is playing AAU ball both years. Her game intensity makes her stand out.”
Senior guard Sammi Shroyer was Stonington’s recipient of an ECC-Medium sportsmanship award.
The Bears, who finished this season 14-8 overall and 5-5 in the Medium, made it to the second round of the Class M playoffs. It was the 17th straight season that Stonington qualified for the state tournament, mostly at the Class M level.
Calmar is one of four ECC players to garner All-State status. Alyssa Velles of NFA was voted to the Class LL squad. Jamie Hill (Class M) of Montville and Casey Sullivan (Class S) of St. Bernard are the others.