“My expectations are high this year for the girls. I believe that we can have a very positive year. We are looking to improve on the record from last year and learning to work well together on the court. I know the girls have also set completely attainable goals for themselves as well,” began Lady Tiger’s head basketball coach Amanda Golden.
Golden, who played four years while at Slippery Rock University, returns to lead the Tunkhannock team after a brief pause. She was the head coach from 2009 through 2013.
“This year our team is made up of very hardworking student athletes. They want to compete and make each other better everyday at practice. Being a guard oriented team I feel very positive in our ability to push the ball in transition,” said Golden.
She conceded,“Besides our returning post player Becca (Avery), we are lacking a little with the inside game. I am hoping some of the underclassman will be ready to accept the challenge and help out in that position”
According to Golden, the Lady Tigers know that the Wyoming Valley Conference is always challenging as it consists of all hardworking and talented teams. Every game is going to be a battle.
To that end, the team is working hard on offensive and defensive installs, while also focusing on team chemistry.
Losing four seniors to graduation is a tough blow for any team, but the team will have eight girls returning with varsity experience.
As for leadership, Golden points out, “Captains have not been decided yet, but will be shortly. They will be chosen by the team, with coaches input. I will be looking to our seniors to step up and be leaders both on and off the court. I always challenge anyone else to setup in those leadership roles also.”
“I hope that these girls realize that with hard work and dedication (on and off the court) they can do anything they hope to accomplish. We have set goals for us as a team and I hope they will be able to say that the hard work and dedication paid off. If some goals were not met- which is okay too- I hope they can say they gave it their all and were proud to be part of a such a wonderful group.”
The Lady Tigers play their games in the High School gym, but rotate practice sites for availability with the boys program.
Roster: Seniors Rebecca Avery, Abby Ritz, Annaliese Verbeek, and Adaka Flores. Juniors Elizabeth DeMarco, Rani Shivastava, Kassidy Shirtz, and Courtney Yuhas. Sophomores Ashley Kenia, Anna Brown, and Lacie Walsh. Freshmen Alaina Ritz, Karen Whitaker, Hailey Long, Madelyn Lockard, Madison Swenson, Lexy Fourtney and Emma Mock.
Schedule: Dec. 1 at Wyalusing, 10 a.m.; Dec. 5 at Wyoming Seminary, 6 p.m.; Dec. 7 vs. Lackawanna Trail, 6 p.m.; Dec. 8 vs. Elk Lake, 6 p.m.; Dec. 11 vs. Carbondale, 6 p.m.; Dec. 13 at Montrose, 6 p.m.; Dec. 15 at Delaware Valley, 12 p.m.; Dec. 19 vs. Dallas, 6 p.m.; Dec. 21 at Hazleton Area, 6 p.m.; Jan. 2 vs. Crestwood, 6 p.m.; Jan. 4 at Pittston Area, 6 p.m.; Jan. 7 vs. Coughlin, 6 p.m.; Jan. 9 at Wyoming Valley West, 6 p.m.; Jan. 11 at MMI Prep, 6 p.m.; Jan. 14 vs. GAR, 6 p.m.; Jan. 17 at Hanover, 6 p.m.; Jan. 21 vs. Wyoming Seminary, 6 p.m.; Jan. 23 at Northwest Area, 6 p.m. ; Jan. 28 vs. Wyoming Area, 6 p.m.; Jan. 31 at Holy Redeemer, 6 p.m.; Feb. 4 at Lake-Lehman, 6 p.m.; Feb. 6 at Nanticoke Area,
6 p.m.; Feb. 8 vs. Berwick Area, 6 p.m.