RANDOLPH, NJ- Coming off an 18-9 season and graduating four key seniors would typically spell trouble for many girls’ high school basketball programs. But the Randolph Lady Rams are looking to pick up where they left off, as they return many varsity players from last years’ deeply talented squad.
“This group has a lot of Varsity experience which we will rely on,” said coach Pete Torres. “They are a very unselfish group who play well together. We have girls with unbelievably great character and one focus; the team not individuals.”
Some of the key returners Torres will count on to lead his team are two seniors who will be Captains, in Ellie Sciancalepore at Forward and Alyssa Alfieri at Guard.
“Ellie was selected captain because I believe she Is a natural leader who works as hard in practice as she does in games,” said Torres. “She is a great example for all the girls in the program and a great role model.”
Torres had similar sentiments for his other senior captain.
“Alyssa was selected due to her dedication and hard-working nature,” said Torres. “Alyssa is a girl that everyone seems to like, thus she will do a great job as one of our leaders and will also be a great example for all the girls in the program.”
Joining them are three others who racked up a lot of minutes last season in Angeleen Mulero, a junior Guard who is the team’s third captain, Olivia Turner, Jr. Forward, and Sarah Bona, So. Guard / Forward.
“Angeleen was selected as a junior due to her overall dedication to the game,” said Torres. “She will lead by example with her play on the court, and she is our top returning scorer.”
Newcomers who will have to step up and step in to provide important minutes off the bench include: Caitlyn Olive, Jr. Guard, Kylei Santi, Jr. Guard, Ariana Krone, So Forward / Center, Madison Jenisch, Fr. Guard, Sydney Jenisch, Fr. Guard, Yesenia Martinez, Jr. Forward, Audrey McConnell, So. Guard, Jordan Saybe, So. Guard.
“To help the younger girls get ready for varsity, we have been pushing the ball as much as we can,” said Sciancalepore. “Hopefully this will allow them to adjust to speed of play of high school varsity basketball.”
Torres identified the strength of his team as being speed and athleticism. The Lady Rams will look to run the floor and put pressure on the other teams.
“Coach has been stressing the idea of working together as a team and always pushing the ball up the court,” said Alfieri. “Since we are a team of athletes, running up the court will be most successful for us.”
Torres stated that some of the additions to the team this season will size, speed and good outside shooting. The competition for playing time in preseason has been intense, and he expects that minutes off the bench will be competitive to obtain.
“We also should be a pretty good outside shooting team,” said Torres. “We have 4 guards coming into the program with 3-point range and that should add a dimension we have not had here in quite a while.
The Lady Rams open up on Saturday Dec. 21 at 1:00 pm, home vs Nutley.
Monday 12/23 is home game number two at 7pm vs Newton.