December 13, 2006

Bonackers Will Look To Veterans To Lead

"We had five wins last season and we want to improve on that," said East Hampton girls' basketball head coach Howard Wood during an interview Monday morning. "We don't want to regress, but it's going to be tough. We play in a very good league, but I'm sure that we can achieve our goals. The team is working very hard and we hope to be a challenging, exciting team this season."

Wood, a former NBA player with the Utah Jazz who then went on to have an outstanding career playing in Europe back in the eighties, is in his second year as Lady Bonackers head coach. He hopes that the exciting brand of basketball that his team displays can continue to bring the fan support that his team rightly deserves.

Returning players include All-League senior guard/forward Kaylie Titus, junior forward Marta Johann, senior guards Ashley Harris and Suzanne Maietta along with senior forward Rebecca Overton and junior guards Casey Alstad, Elise Thorson and Kelsey Bodziner.

New to the team are senior forward Lindsay Stavola, juniors Andrea Van Dyke, Heather Jones, Jordan Schenck and Samantha Newman as well as sophomore Nicole Fierro.

"My seniors and juniors are the bulk of the experience that we have," Wood stated. "Kaylie [Titus] and Marta [Johann] are both excellent offensive threats and they really know the game."

Johann, who totaled 27 points for East Hampton last weekend in the Bonackers two games that were played at Westhampton's Larry Makransky tournament, was named to the All-Tourney team. "She's a tireless worker," remarked Wood.

East Hampton (0-2) plays a non-league game against Pierson on Thursday at 4 p.m. before opening its League V season at home against Sayville next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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