UPWARD: Junior Cara McCoy led the Barnegat girls basketball workforce with just about 12 factors for every game past time and is again to help guide a additional experienced Bengals squad this wintertime. (Images by David Biggy)
In a short, 6-7 days time span last winter, the Barnegat Superior School girls basketball staff managed to get in 13 game titles. It was not the least difficult – offered the COVID-19 pandemic – or the prettiest of seasons, but the Bengals completed large, with a 4-match successful streak.
Head coach Tammy Nicolini is glad this winter season will feature additional online games, letting for far more time to produce players.
“I’m hunting ahead to a entire year,” she said. “I’m quite fired up this yr for the reason that we have all 3 concentrations of basketball and the crew is building nicely. The women are functioning very hard. The most important obstacle we’re all experiencing is with trying to remain healthful and taking part in.”
If all factors can go somewhat effortlessly this season, the Bengals ought to be in good shape to improve on final year’s 5-8 document. Of training course, it all starts with the team’s returning gamers.
Definitely a additional seasoned crew than they had been a year back, Barnegat will be led by senior guards Isabel Guiro and Patria Moreno, senior forwards Robbiann Erskine and Adrianna Kappmeier, and junior guard/ahead Cara McCoy, the team’s main scorer last winter at approximately 12 factors for every game.
The good news is, to go along with the expert crew, which shed just two seniors next past period, the Bengals have a load of younger athletes who will be stepping in to fill roles this winter. Between them will be sophomores Gianna Germano (G), Madison Jackson (G/F), Jayda Santiago (G), Jermyria Weit (F) and Isis Zaun (G), as properly as freshmen Sydney Collins (G) and Emma Thornton (F).
THE Leader: Senior Bridget Dudas returns as the main weapon of the Pinelands Regional girls basketball crew this wintertime.
The Bengals open up up on the highway at Shore Convention Class B South division foe Jackson Liberty on Friday, Dec. 17, prior to actively playing their residence opener from Lakewood on Monday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.
As for nearby division rival Pinelands Regional, the Wildcats dropped many starters to graduation, but they, too, return their main scorer from previous period, senior guard Bridget Dudas, who averaged 12.7 points per match and can shoot from exterior as perfectly as get the ball to the basket.
“Our team’s toughness is its athleticism and capability to get out into the open up,” mentioned head coach Keith Lowe, whose squad was 4-8 past wintertime. “Bridget will direct the way, but she will depend on the youth for assist on both equally ends of the ground. We’re wanting for enhancements every single time we strike the ground and glimpse to attain valuable encounter during the season. We’re going to have a ton of new gamers in the rotation.”
Apart from Dudas, senior Kayla Weber is back for one more run after averaging 7.5 points for every game previous year. But beyond that, the Wildcats are inexperienced at the varsity degree and will require a new forged of players to acclimate speedily.
That crew incorporates seniors Alexa Ferraioli (G) and Charlotte Nutile (F), alongside with juniors Melissa Myslinski (G), Kaydence Arleth (G) and Natalie Rey (F), sophomore Ava Slinchak (F), and freshmen Gabby LoPorto (G) and Hailey Barchetto (F).
ON THE GO: Senior Summer Davis will be a single of Southern Regional’s major guards immediately after she tossed in 20 a few-tips very last winter, as the Rams seem to increase around final time.
The Wildcats start off their period on Friday with an absent contest at Ocean Township, then go on the street to meet up with Lacey at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20.
In the meantime, at Southern Regional, recently re-positioned head coach Jenna Lombardo-Adams is likely to be tasked with building a competitive team inside of the Course A South division rather immediately. But getting been the varsity field hockey and center university basketball coach for some time, she’s acquainted with the gamers and possible will suit a sport plan to meet the athleticism of all those on the roster.
Of system, the Rams, 4-8 very last season, do have some expert starters again in the lineup for this winter season, so leadership on the floor shouldn’t be a trouble. People returning consist of senior guard Summer months Davis, who averaged 10.5 factors per match final year senior ahead Sarah Lally, who averaged just about 10 rebounds for every video game and senior guard Cuinn Deely. Sophomore Skylar Soltis, who observed sizeable playing time as a freshman past winter, scoring 65 details and snatching 81 boards, also has returned, as have juniors Sarah Boyd and Jenna Castaldo.
The rest of the varsity crew is predicted to consist of freshman Casey Collins, certainly a starter, according to Lombardo-Adams, as perfectly as juniors Christina Caiazzo and Taylor Kelly, sophomore Sydney Kelly and freshman Samantha Russell.
Southern begins its year on Friday, Dec. 17, with an away matchup from Jackson Memorial, before once more heading on the highway to satisfy Central Regional on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
— David Biggy