Written by Tracy Reardon Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00
As the Girls Varsity Basketball team took the court this season, they knew it would be one unlike any other. With a conference title to defend and only six returning varsity players, the hard work started straight out of the gate. The girls work extremely hard in practice while trying to have some fun.
The little bit of fun is what keeps the team on task and light hearted about the game. The best part about this team is that they all have a genuine love for the game. You can tell in practices and in games that this is true by their team comradery and morale.
The starting five of the Lady Mustangs this year are Julie Falotico (sophomore, point guard), Krystie Kern (senior, guard), Heather Gessner (senior, foward), Kerri Medlock (junior, power forward) and Kalie Medlock (senior, center).
Falotico was left with big shoes to fill but has settled into her role as point guard very nicely. She is working harder than ever. Julie is focusing on developing an array of basketball moves that help her beat the defense. In addition, her accurate passing continues to split the defense accounting for many key points.
Kern and Gessner have been wonderful assets to this lineup for the Mustangs for the last two to three years. During the non-league season Kern and Gessner have put up a combined 71 points.
These two girls on either side of the court are always a threat. Whether it be on offense or defense, you can always count on one of them to make a game changing basket or tempo changing steal.
The Medlock sisters have racked up 118 points as well as 117 rebounds in total for the non league portion of the season. Kalie and Kerri are quite the dynamic duo intimidating many teams. Their size is undeniable but their strength, determination and desire for the ball is a significant factor in those high numbers they put up every game.
As for the rest of this tenacious Mustang squad two eighth graders are the first players off the bench in Samantha Venus (guard) and Charlotte Renker (forward/center). Venus is known for her 3-point shot, while Renker puts up a professional looking hook shot, which has managed to get her 33 points in the non league season.
Both have made tremendous contributions to this team and as they continue to grow, their talents and experience can only strengthen the girls basketball program in future years. Tiffany Klein (junior, point guard) Kelsey Napolitano (junior, guard), Christie Joyce (junior, forward/guard) Gabby Cantileno (senior, guard) and Kashanti Lawson (senior, guard) round out the lineup for this Lady ‘Stangs team.
It is the second year on varsity for Kashanti and her ball handling skills and shot have improved drastically. When these girls are not out there on the court they are on the bench cheering on their teammates.
No matter what, this team always tries to be very supportive of one another and are always helping each other out. Whether it’s how to perform better or how to fix a problem during a game, these players are always the first ones to pat each other on the back or give a little high five to one.
The girls are going into the league season with a record of 6-1. The hopes for a second conference title are very high and seem to be attainable.