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Lady Panthers hope to peak at right time
by PATRICK J. NAGY another coach in the gym.” Pastor Tournament at Daemen
Reporter Allen, a captain for the third College. The winner or loser will
year, is tri-captains with Smiley play either Pioneer or Holy An-
Sweet Home was one of the and senior guard Rachel Cimer- gels at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday or
best regular-season girls basket- man. Friday at Daemen.
ball teams in the area last year — Smiley, a returning ECIC Divi- The Lady Panthers also have
12-0 in ECIC Division II, 16-4 sion II first-team all-star, also av- non-league games against Fron-
overall — but come sectionals, eraged 8.3 rebounds. She can play tier, Kenmore East, Lancaster and
the Lady Panthers received a at small or power forward. Clarence in addition to compet-
quarterfinal exit in the Class AA “I love her athleticism and drive ing in the Gates Chili Tournament
Tournament. to get better,” said LaRoach. “She over winter recess.
Sweet Home coach Matt can take the ball to the basket and “I hope the strength of our
LaRoach is hoping his team can her ability to rebound the basket- non-league schedule will put us in
put the pieces of the puzzle togeth- ball and flat out-jump other play- a good position,” said LaRoach.
er at the right time this season. ers in the gym is amazing, some- LaRoach said he is cautiously
“We sat down as a team and times eye-opening.” optimistic in ECIC II and feels
talked about team goals and our Cimerman is a returning player Williamsville South and
vision for the year,” said LaRoach. who LaRoach said can play the Williamsville East are his team’s
“We want to care of our league point or at the shooting guard toughest competition.
but understand that we need to be position well. “If we come in and work hard
peaking at the end of February “She’s a good shooter, leader and play competitively, we’ll be in
(beginning of sectionals). The and defender on the court,” said the hunt in our division,” said
girls need to understand that the LaRoach. LaRoach.
work they put in between now LaRoach also expects senior Sweet Home
and the end of the season will Jericah Harris, another returning 2008-09 Schedule
prepare us for sectionals. That’s player, to contribute more this 12-4 or 12-5 Al Pastor Tournament
when our job really begins.” season. vs. Pioneer or Holy Angels (Dae-
LaRoach said to avoid his team Junior forward Raylin Brooks, men College)................ 5:15 p.m.
peaking too early, they have to who was brought up from JV at 12-9 Williamsville South 7:30 p.m.
strive to get better every day, the end of last season, is starting 12-12 at Iroquois.......... 6:30 p.m.
whether it’s in practice or a game. to show a lot of progress in her 12-16 Frontier............... 7:30 p.m.
“Whether it’s an individual, footwork and post moves, said 12-18 Williamsville East 7:30 p.m.
group, or team drill, we have to LaRoach. 12-22 at West Seneca East 6:30 p.m.
make practices more competi- Some new players to the team 12-29 Gates Chili Holiday Tourna-
tive,” said LaRoach. who LaRoach expects will see ment — Gates Chili ......... 6 p.m.
LaRoach graduates six players playing time are junior forwards 12-30 Gates Chili Holiday Tourna-
and returns another six this win- Briana Boyette and Courtney ment — Edison or Churchville
ter, led by his top two returning Smith and junior guard Morgan Chili ........................... 2 or 6 p.m.
scorers, 5-foot-10 senior guard Sweet Home senior Ellie Allen looks for an open player during a Ward. 1-6 Lake Shore ............. 7:30 p.m.
Ellie Allen (17.9 points per game) scrimmage against West Seneca West on Friday at Sweet Home. Allen, In scrimmages this season, 1-8 at Starpoint ................. 7 p.m.
and 6-0 junior forward Bianca an All-Western New York third-team and All-ECIC first-team selection, LaRoach has liked the team’s abil- 1-14 Starpoint............... 7:30 p.m.
Smiley (9.9 points). was the All-Bee girls MVP last year and led Sweet Home in scoring. ity to run the floor but sees a need 1-21 at Williamsville South . 7:30
Allen, a member of the varsity Photo by Amy Krakowiak to improve its defense and re- p.m.
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team since the eighth-grade, led bounding. 1-23 Iroquois................. 7:30 p.m.
Sweet Home in scoring in 15 out Allen, an All-Western New York said LaRoach. “Her offensive “Those are two areas I want our 1-27 at Kenmore East ...... 7 p.m.
of 21 games. She’s 24 points shy third-team and All-ECIC skills are there which gives her team to be about,” said LaRoach. 1-30 at Lancaster ......... 7:30 p.m.
of 1,000 for her career. first-team selection, was the the ability to play point guard, “If we’re going to win games, 2-3 at Williamsville East 7:30 p.m.
She also averaged 7.3 rebounds, All-Bee girls MVP last year. shooting guard or small forward. we’re going to have to do it on 2-6 West Seneca East.. 7:30 p.m.
shot 45.6 percent from the floor, Allen primarily plays at point She’s also such a great leader. If that end.” 2-12 at Lake Shore ...... 6:30 p.m.
handed out 82 assists to 42 guard but can also play at the two you came to one of our practices Sweet Home opened its season 2-17 Clarence ............... 7:30 p.m.
turnovers, and took five defen- or three spot. or games, you’re going to hear against Sacred Heart in the open-
sive charges. “She’s got the full package,” Ellie Allen. It’s almost like having ing round of the Al and Rose e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New coach takes over young North girls hoops squad
by PATRICK J. NAGY “All of the seniors (Katie Kubala, Maddie Genovese, Corrin Genovese.
Reporter Megan Klansky and Chioma Kalu-Nwiwu) played for me “Together, they are going to be trouble for other teams,”
when I was here before,” said Crowley. “It’s nice to see how said Crowley. “In a recent scrimmage, they forced about
New Williamsville North girls basketball coach Clare they have developed.” 10 turnovers in five minutes. “Both can play great defense
Crowley wants her to team to win many basketball games All four seniors are the team captains. and will start our fast break.”
this winter. She just wants them to peak at the right The 5-foot-11 Kubala will start at power forward and be Last year, Corrin Genovese was the team’s leading
time. a huge contributor under the basket, said Crowley. scorer and an All-ECIC selection.
“I would love to start off on the right foot,” said Crowley. “She is a strong rebounder and versatile around the “She runs the offense and sees the floor well,” said
“I know they have that competitive attitude in them. My hoop,” said Crowley. “She’s been working on an outside Crowley.
bigger concern is how we are playing in February shot. I feel comfortable with her facing the basket to Kalu-Nwiwu can play at small forward, along with 5-9
(sectional tournament).” either shoot or drive to the basket in the high post. She’s sophomores Emily Helwig and Allie Ahern, who helped
Williamsville North is not new to Crowley. Three years also a vocal leader on and off the court.” the Williamsville North field hockey team to an appear-
ago, she was an assistant coach under previous coach Maddie Genovese, 5-3, will start at shooting guard and ance in the Class A state final.
Mike Del Valle. The past two years, she has been an will serve as a strong 1-2 offensive and defensive punch “Chioma does exactly what I ask her to do — rebound
assistant coach at Buffalo State College. with her younger sister, 5-7 sophomore point guard (Please turn to page 26)
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