MAKING STRIDES: Princeton High ladies’ basketball participant Molly Brown dribbles upcourt in a sport final season. PHS can be relying on senior ahead and crew captain Brown to present all-around play and management this winter. The Tigers open their 2021-22 season by internet hosting Hightstown on December 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Bill Alden
Although the Princeton High ladies’ basketball crew solely performed 10 video games final winter in a season abbreviated by COVID-19 issues, the squad made progress because it went 7-3.
With PHS opening its 2021-22 season by internet hosting Hightstown on December 17, PHS head coach Dave Kosa is on the lookout for his program to preserve displaying enchancment.
“We just have to keep on taking the next step and working hard in practice,” stated Kosa, whose crew suggestions off its 2021-22 marketing campaign by internet hosting Hightstown on December 17.
“The freshmen last year are now sophomores. The seniors were the sophomores two years ago when we were 5-20. We are taking our strides and we are just hoping to take the next one this year.”
The squad’s quintet of seniors, Molly Brown, Nora Devine, Sofia Aguayo, Moji Ayodele, and Katie Chao are setting a optimistic tone.
“It is a nice group, we have got some good senior leadership there with Molly, Nora, and Sofia,” stated Kosa.
“Moji came back and she is playing this year. Katie is just a hard worker.”
Kosa is anticipating to get some good work at level guard from sophomore standout Casey Serxner and Chao.
“Casey is looking good, she is just so competitive,” stated Kosa of Serxner, who additionally stars at midfield for the PHS ladies’ soccer crew.
“She is such a warrior, it is great to go to battle with her. She works so hard on every sport that she plays. She has really improved her shooting this year. To have her spearhead our defense and being up front pressuring the ball and pushing the ball up the floor offensively is really nice. Katie is our backup point guard and she really pushes Casey hard each day.”
Junior Rachel Luo is bringing some good versatility to the squad.
“Rachel has worked really, really hard,” stated Kosa. “As a freshman two years ago, she was just getting her feet wet. Last year, I did see glimpses but it wasn’t as consistent. She was young, she was still a sophomore. This year, she has really stepped into a leading role for us at the two (shooting guard) and three (small forward). We are going to be pretty versatile, we do have a lot of guards on the bench. When we bring them into the ball game, Rachel will probably switch to a three for us.”
The Tigers boast a bunch of six sophomores who will get minutes in Serxner, Riley Devlin, Leah Rose-Seiden, Gabby Bannett, Brielle Moran, and Ava Caruso
“We have Casey, Devlin, Leah, and Gabby, who has also really improved as well so she will probably start for us at the three,” stated Kosa.
“Moran is a soccer player, she is a nice role player who understands what she has to do on the floor. We also have a transfer, Ava, who is a sophomore as well. It gives us a lot of depth, it is definitely a luxury to have.”
Kosa is relying on Brown to do plenty of issues for PHS.
“Molly is the lone returning captain, she was with the group a couple of years ago when we took our lumps,” stated Kosa.
“She just keeps plugging at it and working hard. She does all of the dirty work. She blocks out and is always in the right spot at the right time. She spends half the time on the floor. She is a glue girl that gives us a little bit of everything. She is not going to score 20 points a game but definitely fills up the stat sheet.”
The trio of Devine, Aguayo, and Ayodele, a star goalie for the PHS ladies’ soccer crew, ought to mix to be a pressure in the frontcourt.
“They are looking really good, they give us a lot of height,” stated Kosa.
“We can put them in together and when one gets tired we can spell them. That is where having Moji is really going to be helpful this year with her athleticism. She can rebound the basketball. So having those three and then also Molly in there too, that is four strong post players that we can interchange and mix and match. It provides us with a lot of depth.”
The Tigers will want a robust effort to win their season opener in opposition to Hightstown.
“That will be a test right off the bat,” stated Kosa. “It is exciting and at the same time it is a good challenge for us. We just have to be ready for it, we have been working hard in practice. We only had one scrimmage and we did really well with it.”