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Lady Colts Prepping For Hoops Season 

The Lady Colts take a quick break from practice to pose for a picture at the Half Hollow Hills West high school gym.

For the past two weeks, the Half Hollow Hills West high school gym has had intensity in the air as the varsity girls basketball team prepares for its upcoming season. As a young team, the Lady Colts have been practicing hard during the preseason to play up to their tough League IV competition.

Head coach Stefanie Mouzakes said they are focusing on speeding up their play at practice, so the team can get used to the fast pace of varsity-level basketball games.

“What goes on in practice translates to what happens out on the court,” she said. “I want them to see how they should be moving and how it’s a battle sometimes.”

Last year, the Lady Colts had three seniors, and this year they only have two – Daniella Desabato and Joan Mackey. The team is mostly comprised of juniors, numbering at seven; there are also two sophomores and a freshman hoping to bring success to the team.

Freshman Tori Harris was brought up to the varsity team last year when she was in eighth grade for her impressive skills.

Although the Lady Colts are fairly young, Mouzakes sees a great deal of leadership and verbal skills in a handful of players, she said. She is looking forward to seeing who steps up as key leaders on and off the court. As of last week, many positions including captain titles were still, “up for grabs.”

Mouzakes is confident that her diverse players will create a solid offense for the team and believes that a strong defense will be most important in keeping up with their opponents.

“Hopefully we’re going to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses,” she said. “We hope we can be competitive and give these teams a game.”

The Lady Colts will play their first non-league game of the season on Friday, Dec. 6 against Connetquot. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Connetquot High School.

Jacqueline Birzon contributed to this report.

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