N.J. -- Now in his 20th season as head coach for women's basketball,
Mike Tenaglia knows how the injury bug can limit a team and
its players. While that bug has unfortunately hit the Lady
Vikes this year, they have still managed a solid start, earning
a 4-0 record in the GSAC Conference and a 7-4 record overall,
with one final game to be played before winter break against
Union CC on Dec. 22.
"The team is showing improvement with each game as players
start to understand their roles and how they fit in on the
team," Tenaglia said.
In addition to physical skill, Tenaglia credits his players
with a good work ethic and positive outlook. "They have
bounced back from some tough early season losses," he
The Lady Vikes feature a blend of returning talent and new
additions. A key contributor is sophomore guard Alexis Sweet
(Trenton, NJ/Trenton Central HS), an All-Region and All-Conference
performer in her freshman season who leads the team in all
categories (based on statistics through the first 7 games)
- averaging 17.5 pts., 12.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.7
steals per game.
Returning forwards Azaria Crews (Ewing, NJ/Ewing HS) and Marelys
Williams (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West HS) have been a strong
presence in the front court, with Crews averaging 12.6 points
and 4.3 rebounds per game, and Williams averaging 5.1 points
and 7.7 rebounds. Freshman forward Chelsea Holman (Hamilton,
NJ/Nottingham HS) has contributed in the front court as well,
averaging 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game .
Also contributing are freshman guard Natasha Nichols (Trenton,
NJ/Coconut Creek HS) and returning guards Showana Paul (Trenton,
NJ/Trenton Central HS) and Lauri Regan (Lawrenceville, NJ/Lawrence
HS). Rookie guard Chanel Johnson (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West
HS) has had some big games as well, averaging 2.7 assists
and 2 steals per game.
Key off the bench are freshman forward Kristine Funk (Columbus,
NJ/Northern Burlington HS) and freshman guard Allicia Pickett
(Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown). The Lady Vikes hope to have another
front court presence when freshman forward Tori Povia (Florence,
NJ/Florence Twp. HS) returns from the injured list.
While winning the Region 19 title is one of the Lady Vikes'
goals, with a 96-58 loss to Harcum CC early in the season,
Tenaglia and his players understand the challenges ahead.
A second half in which players work hard and remain injury-free
will go far to achieving that goal.
action resumes after the winter break in a home game against
Ocean CC on January 11. For the game schedule and scores,