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Division Avenue Girls Basketball Top 10 on Long Island

The 2009-2010 Nassau County Girls Basketball season started with the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School ranked third in conference ABC-1. Nassau County separates girls basketball into ability based conferences, going from the stronger teams in conference one to the weakest teams in conference five. This means that girls at Division Avenue were scheduled to play the six best teams in their class.

With a 53-34 win over Elmont on Jan. 11, the Lady Dragons improved their conference one record to 5-0 and their overall record to 9-0. This record is so impressive, as they have been ranked 10th on Long Island. This ranking takes into account all public and private high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Leading the way for the Lady Dragons this season has been senior power forward Nicolette Parmese. Parese has had a double in rebounds and points, five times this season. Her most impressive performance was in an overtime win against Garden City in which she had 16 points and 12 rebounds. She had three of the five points that were scored in overtime, while the Lady Dragons held Garden City scoreless in the extra period. This win helped the lady Dragons keep a hold on first place, where they have been since the onset of the season.

Other seniors helping to power the Dragons are Kristen Costello, Molly Bauer and Gina Tricarico. Costello is second on the team in rebounding and steals, while Bauer and Tricarico add some fine outside shooting.

This year’s team is loaded with juniors. Guards Taylor Malings and Julie Ballantyne have been a force defensively while also powering the offense. Ballantyne leads the team in steals and is the second leading scorer, while Malings runs the point guard position and leads the team in assists.

Also at the guard position is Breanne Connolly, who transferred from Holy Trinity High School this year. The Dragons will look to Connolly to bring an accurate three-point shot to the team.

Another junior on the team is Christina Rea, who has been asked to play both the forward and guard positions. This is no easy task, yet Rea has been outstanding so far this season. Crashing the board for Division are Kristen Stuart, Nicolette McCreary and Janelle Marxhausen. All three have enabled the Lady Dragons to out rebound every opponent so far this season.

Rounding out this year’s squad is the only underclassmen on the team, sophomore Krista Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick adds intensity and energy to every game she is involved in and the Dragons look for big things from her in the future.

With the playoffs right around the corner, the Lady Dragons will make a push towards the conference one title. Win or lose, the lowest seed the girls can have in the playoffs is the fifth seed. The Lady Dragons will look to improve on last year’s quarterfinal appearance.