Babson-bound guard wraps up stellar high school career

Published in the May 23, 2018 edition

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—After leading her Melrose Lady Raider basketball team to a league title and sectional semifinal appearance, Melrose guard Alexis Doherty was named Middlesex Freedom League’s Most Valuable Player after helping secure a 19-4 season for Melrose.

The senior captain topped some heavy competition, including standout players from Wakefield and some of her own teammates. She finishes with 880 career points, 295 of them this season, and her 104 career three-pointers is now a record for the MHS girls’ team.

Doherty earned three letters on the varsity team, showing particular strength in her junior year, but she exploded this year, helping to lead Melrose to their best record in a decade. 

According to her coach Bill Hirschfeld, she was the whole package as a player. “She was more than just a top scorer, she was a complete player and a very good kid. Basketball is her passion and she has set the precedent for this team.” 

SENIOR CAPTAIN Alexis Doherty earned MVP honors after helping lead Melrose to a league title. She ends her MHS career with 880 points. (Donna Larsson photo)

Doherty, daughter of Jeff and Christine, and sister to Shelby, 21, and Jessica, 19, has spent the last decade playing basketball, and in the last four years has competed in AAU ball through the Boston ShowStoppers. The 17-year old will continue her hoop career at Babson College, where she will compete with the Beavers, who last season finished 18-9 and advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals. We spoke to Doherty about her MHS basketball journey and what it meant to help put Melrose girls’ hoop back on the map. 

MWN: How does it feel being part of the most successful MHS girls hoop team in a decade?

Doherty: It feels well-deserved and something I am very proud of. Winning the league is something that I have wanted since I was in 5th grade. We worked so hard in every practice this year. We set the goal and expectation at the beginning of this season that we are fully capable of winning the league, and I’m proud that we accomplished that.

MWN: As MVP of the league, anyone you’d like to thank for helping you get there?

Doherty: I would like to thank my mom and dad for supporting me through every game, practice and for taking me all across the country to play. I would also like to thank my coaches for forming me into the player I am today, as well as my teammates, who support me no matter what.

MWN: Last year, and the year prior, Melrose was competitive and made playoffs. But this year, they went from good to great. What can you attribute that to?

Doherty: I think that we worked harder than ever this year, and we all felt really motivated since we knew that we were capable of winning it all. Our coaches this year were better than ever, motivating and pushing us every day.

MWN: What has been a personal highlight for you as a member of the team?

Doherty: My favorite memory that I will look back on is the Wakefield game and Senior Night. It was bittersweet. It was crazy to think it would be my last time playing on that court with my teammates.

MWN: What advice do you have for young girls in Melrose hoping to make varsity?

Doherty: Never get discouraged, and work hard every day to be the best you can be, so then you will have no choice but to stand out.

MWN:  Any words of parting to your team?

Doherty: Best of luck to the girls next year. I know you’re coming back for the state title!