MADRID - The Jessie Chamberlain Memorial Tournament at Madrid-Waddington Central School will provide the official tip-off for the 2012-13 Northern Conference Girls Basketball season tonight.
The opening round action at The Hive will see the host Lady Yellowjackets meeting Edwards-Knox at 6:15 p.m. and Heuvelton and Lisbon meeting at 7:45 p.m. in an NAC West matchup.
The tournament will also feature junior varsity games in the schools elementary school and high school gyms. The tournaments consolation and championship games will be played on Thursday.
The M-W Boys will host the John Dinneen Memorial Tournament on Wednesday and Friday.
MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Girls Basketball Coach Gary Tischler begins the final hoop campaign of his distinguished multi-sport coaching career tonight.
The Jackets, who will play in the NAC North Division after going 13-5 last year, needed to replace a First Team All NAC East performer Bridget Beldock who will be sidelined the entire season after surgery along with the normal preseason reshaping.
Losing Bridget and her 15-20 points a game is a big loss so the entire team has to step up, said Tischler.
Junior Tessa Knight is a really solid player and well be looking to her at point guard and Jenn King, a sophomore, will be called up inside. Were going to play uptempo and were going to be aggressive. The team is working very hard.
Katie Marcellus, a power forward, Shelby Kendall, a small forward, and Sierra Dumas, a small forward, are three returning seniors. Desi Pryce and Taylor Lenney are both junior guards who are very athletic and Olivia Parmeter is a promising freshman forward who could make a immediate impact.
Teams entering the season with only two seniors are often considered to be young and rebuilding.
Guards Ashlyn Piercey and Abbey Basford are the only seniors on this seasons Heuvelton Girls team but the Lady Bulldogs dont fall in either of the above categories.
The two seniors are part of a veteran core which includes juniors in guard-forward Alexis Weidner, guard Logan Tallman and a Second Team All-NAC West selection in center-forward Maddie St. Pierre who are all beginning their third varsity seasons. Three other juniors in guards Rachel Thornhill and Madison Simmons, 6 1 center Macy Richardson and guard-forward Johanna Carmany bolster the depth of the team which looks to better last years 4-6 NAC West record and repeat last years 5-1 nonleague success.
Two sophomores in Olivia St. Pierre who can play center, forward and guard and 6 post player Kylie Piercey are also expected to be impact players along with freshman guard Hannah Thornhill.
We have good experience and depth with our returning players and from the players moving up from a championship junior varsity championship team, says Coach Rob Powers.
We plan to play an uptempo game and trap and press as much as we can. We definitely have the athletes to do it successfully.
LISBON - When Lisbon takes to the floor tonight Coach Dick Marcellus will be looking at a lineup of nine players and just one returning starter.
Experience is definitely one of our weaknesses. We graduated four starters in Sarah Bodwell, Alison Crowley, Colleen Hammond and Alison Akins and we have just one full-time starter returning. This team has very little size so everyone is going to have to play everywhere. Theyve been working hard, said Marcellus. Our goal is to get better as a team with each game.
Senior Gabby Walker is the lone starter returning. A three year starter, Walker will do the bulk of the work at the point along with senior teammate Emily Dishaw.
Jackie Sovie and Beth Crowley, both juniors, are expected to provided scoring in the post along with sophomore Alex Amo.
Rounding out the nine member Knights cast are senior forward Samantha Gladle, junior guard Hannah Richardson, junior forward Kristen Caulkins and sophomore forward Courtney Green.