Memorial Girls Basketball Team Tops Off Winning Season With Tournament Win

The Memorial Middle School Colts finished the girls basketball season with a 14-3 record. It was Heather Rounds' (left) first season as head coach. Credits: Gina Perez
The Colts capped off the Memorial Middle School girls basketball season by winning the Immaculate Conception Tournament last week. Credits: Gina Perez

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Memorial Middle School girls basketball team has been enjoying a winning season this winter. The Colts finished the basketball campaign with a 14-3 record under head coach, Heather Rounds. This is Rounds' first season as the head coach for the Memorial Middle School girls basketball team. The veteran teacher recently joined the Spotswood School District in September, teaching Health and Physical Education at Spotswood High School.

The Colts topped off their winning season by taking home the trophy in the annual Immaculate Conception Tournament on February 15, defeating teams from the Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School, South River Middle School and Immaculate Conception.

This year's Colts team consisted of Kirti Craig, Vada Leaver, Gianna Perez, Gianna Oelkers, Danielle Mathew, Elle Peabody, Kayla Sabo, Kayla Maisano, Jenn Pokorpinski, Camryn Snyder, Mikayla McQueen and Jorden Oster.

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Perez, Leaver and Craig were the top three scorers for the Colts this season.

"Gianna Perez had a majority of three point shots, but is also just as good driving to the basket," Rounds said of her team's leading scorer. Perez lead the team in points with 255.

Leaver was next on the team in scoring. The guard netted 122 points this season. Craig was the third leading scorer, putting up 90 points as a point guard.

Rounds also tabbed Craig and Leaver as defensive standouts along with Olekers, Pokropinski and Sabo.

"Defense wins games and these girls not only would steal the ball but forced other teams to make turn overs or jump balls by playing very aggressive," Rounds continued.

"This season was a lot of fun" Rounds said when asked of her first season behind the Colts' bench. "They were a very dedicated group of girls so it was easy to keep them focused throughout the season. Not only are they a very coachable team, but are always encouraging each other and supporting one another on and off the court. The girls are so athletic and have so much potential.  I am really excited to see them play in the future years to come."


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