By Matt Smith
Interboro is stacked with senior talent as the Del Val League girls basketball teams get under way Friday.
The Bucs, who won only five games last year, welcome back seniors and returning starters Madison Diehl (guard), Madison Ryan-Brady (guard/forward) and Riley Szatny (forward/center).
“This season’s roster boasts nine seniors, three are returning starters,” second-year Bucs coach Ty Taylor said. “Though we are senior heavy, it has yet to be seen who will provide consistent scoring. We expect our junior and sophomore class to play significant roles this year.”
At Academy Park, dynamic senior guard Gabrielle Jackson is the lone returning starter and lone senior. The Knights, who finished 11-10 a season ago, will also be led by LaShay Jackson, a junior guard who will see increased playing time along with junior forward Sierra Thomas.
“This year’s team will be young but athletic,” coach Ron Bright said. “Our defense should keep us in games, but making open shots will be the key. We’re looking to get back in the playoffs after barely missing out last year and continue our league run with a fourth Del Val title.”
Chichester is under the tutelage of veteran coach Jamie Blumenthal, who has spent 20 years as assistant and head coach of the program.