Knights Talent Pool Continues To Grow
The ladies of John Glenn High School’s varsity girls basketball team could have a few new tricks up their sleeves in the 2013-2014 season.
The ladies, who fell to Harborfields last season in their bid for the Suffolk County title, graduated just two starters – 3-point maven Emma Klis and steady Meaghan Haber. But much of last year’s strong starting lineup remains, coach Andy Athanas said.
Junior Tanna Mohammed, who plays guard and forward, is stepping up in a big way as the “go-to kid” and in doing so has become a major force in 3-point land, Athanas said.
“Tanna is a 3-point threat like I’ve never had before,” Athanas said, adding that Mohammed has racked up eight 3-point shots in a pair of non-league games against Smithtown West and East.
Other key starters include: point guard Mackenzie Sivilli, a “very good ball handler” with a “nice outside shot;” junior shooting guard Monika Sivilli, “another very good outside shooter;” and sophomore forward Alexis Groark. Senior Lexi Koenke will provide starting services as a 6-foot tall forward, while Julie Molano, a 6-foot tall sophomore, will be waiting in the wings.
“They give us some height inside. I’m expecting some rebound and some putback sand some ability to play big,” he said of Groark and Koenke.
The Knights once again have height in the roster, a quality they haven’t had since Alexis McKenna was a dominant force two years ago. Paired with a deep bench and increased speed, the Knights are a more versatile team in 2013-2014.
“You’re not just one-dimensional. You have all kinds of things you can do with big kids that you can’t do with five guards,” Athanas said. “It gives you more options.”
Paired with tight defense – the Knights were ranked no. 2 in the county for defense last year – this year’s ladies are a force to be reckoned with.
“We’re always known for the half-court defense,” Athanas said.
The Knights’ league home opener is Thursday against Bayport-Blue Point, with a scheduled 4:30 p.m. game time.