DBA All-Stars run down Summer Lady Wrecker cagers
Some obstacles are almost impossible to overcome.
The Staples girls basketball team experienced this Wednesday in a 62-24 loss to the DBA All-Stars in the DeSantis Basketball Academy Girls Summer Basketball League at Lauralton Hall. Staples had only five players and dropped to 0-3 while playing an All-Star team, who raised its record to 3-0.
Even in defeat and despite committing 23 turnovers -- 16 in the first half, the Summer Lady Wreckers showed many positives.
"I think we actually played pretty hard, particularly in the second half," incoming Staples senior center Jessica Coelho said. "It was tough because we had only five players The other team had more energy, kept running and never let up the whole game, which was our downfall. I'm proud of our girls."
The 5-10 Coelho (12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, one forced turnover), who was an All-FCIAC Honorable Selection sophomore year, missed most of last year with an MCL injury, made her presence felt inside. She hit a few layups and fought her way to get a few rebounds.
"I'm working to get back [to my old form]," Coelho said. "I'm not as hesitant as I was earlier."
Two players who started last year, contributed against DBA. Incoming senior Remy Nolan (one point, one rebound, four assists, two steals, four forced turnovers) wasn't able to score much off of DBA's interior players but led the Summer Lady Wreckers on defense and fed Coelho and incoming junior Coelho and incoming junior Nikki Bukovsky when they cut to the basket. Overall, DBA had 14 turnovers and Nolan's harassing defense.
Bukovsky (seven points, four rebounds, three steals, one forced turnover) also started last year and was alert in picking off a couple of passes and getting in there for the rebound. She also hit a couple of layups.
Staples also received contributions from two players who are new to varsity play. Incoming senior guard Lisa Shirafuji missed the last two years because of injuries but was pesky in getting inside for the rebound despite being much smaller than her opponents. Shirafuji (two points, five rebounds, three steals) was a defensive force as well.
"Lisa definitely contributed," Coelho said. "She's not used to playing at the varsity level but [I feel she] can help us out during the regular season."
Complementing Coelho inside was 5-11 incoming sophomore Meredith Bemus. Bemus (two points, five rebounds, one forced turnover) hit a layup and fought her way into the paint.
"Meredith is our only other tall girl and she definitely contributed," Coelho said.