As usual, Lancers look strong

first_imgSJV girls will be among state BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer PHOTOS BY FARRAH MAFFAI staff St. John Vianney’s Courtney Calderone (above) and Shantel Brown are among the key returners for this year’s Lady Lancers as they look to make another run at numerous championships. An experienced but youthful St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team began trying to pick up where it left off a year ago when it opened the season Friday night at Middletown South. The Lady Lancers went 21-6 a year ago, winning the NJSIAA Parochial A South and Parochial A tournaments before finally bowing to Shabazz in the Tournament of Champions. Three starters return for SJV: juniors Shantel Brown and Colleen Light, as well as sophomore Courtney Calderone. All are multi-faceted players. Brown, who plays the point, averaged 11 points, five assists and five rebounds last season. Light contributed four points and three boards, and Calderone averaged 10 points and nine caroms. SJV will be without the graduated Shannon Coyle and Jaime Komar, who averaged 15 and eight points, respectively. Coach Bob Ward expects several players to help replace those points, including sophomore forward Kristine Perez, who averaged six points and five boards off the bench a year ago. In addition, sophomore Jessica Nimbley, who played well in nine games last season before suffering a broken hand, returns. Ward noted that junior forward Kat Gooch can also put the ball in the hoop. Other members of the team include seniors Meghan Coleman and Melanie Ondrejik, both guards, and Christine Repoli, a forward; junior guard Christine Walczak; sophomore guard Laura Aniello and forward Kaitlin Weldon; and freshmen Alisa Apo, a guard, and Kayla Killian, a center. “I think overall we’re a little deeper and more experienced this season,” said Ward, in his second-year at the Lady Lancers’ helm. “I’m looking for some of our younger players to step up as the season moves along.” As usual, SJV’s schedule includes nonconference games against well-regarded teams such as Shabazz, Christ the King and St. John Villa of Staten Island. Following the Middletown South game, the Lady Lancers compete in the Lady Knight Tournament at Marist High School in Bayonne beginning next Friday.last_img

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