Women’s Basketball Team Has Solid Season Despite Adversity


The basketball season for the Lady Vikes came to an end all too soon this year in the opening round of the Region 19 play-offs. Despite a 10-point lead at halftime and 37 points contributed by team leader Patti Foley, the women lost 82-71 to Essex on Feb. 27. The women ended their season with a 16-14 record.

“It was a premature ending for sure,” said Head Coach Mike Tenaglia, who completed his 16th season with the Lady Vikes. Tenaglia achieved a personal high note on Feb. 2 when he reached his 250th win as head coach in a 51-47 victory over Gloucester.

According to Tenaglia, the season was peppered with adversity, including the loss of several key players due to injuries and second semester academic ineligibility. “Sometimes, trying your best despite the obstacles is what sports is all about,” he said.

The women were clearly disappointed not to repeat as Region 19 champs. “When you win seven championships in eight years, the expectation is there,” Tenaglia noted. “But it doesn’t always work out that way. Our inability to score at key times hurt us.” Still, Tenaglia is proud of his players’ efforts. “We won – and lost – a number of games by close margins. That says that the players were putting everything into it.”

The team’s indisputable “go to” player was freshman forward Patti Foley, who averaged 21 points per game and was the sixth leading scorer in the country. Other players who saw a lot of court time were: sophomore guard Leslie Maurer, who was the Vikings’ team captain, sophomore forward Kathy Prassas, freshmen guards Christina Calabrese, Ashley Diggs, Nicole Hover, and Katy Hubbard, and freshman forward Rosie Fedak. “Some of these players weren’t expecting to have much opportunity on the court, but in the second half of the season, they found themselves in the heat of things,” Tenaglia said.

Despite the season’s trials, the women formed a solid bond and maintained good morale. Tenaglia notes that this young squad, made up mostly of freshmen, has the potential to be very effective next year.


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