BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman began the 2021-22 season by winning just once in their first nine games; however, finished strong by finishing with an 8-15 mark. The Lady Spartans even came away with a playoff win over Kent Roosevelt (49-46).

Coach Jeff Hammerton is back on the Boardman sidelines after taking three-years away. During his first stint since taking over for Ron Moschella, his Lady Spartans advanced to the District Finals in back-to-back seasons (2016 & 2017).

“I’m very excited,” indicates coach Hammerton. “We return a lot of experience with this unit. The first thing, we’ll need is great leadership from our six seniors. They’ll be the foundation that the younger girls will look up to. We have a nice mix of veterans with younger players.”

Hammerton went onto say, “We have plenty of experience coming back. We return four starters and add at least ten other girls that I can see [getting] varsity minutes. Even though we return all this experience, there will be a learning process as these girls will be working with a new coaching staff. It’s about how quickly the girls learn the new system will go a long way into how [successful] of a season we have.”

Seniors Reagan Smith (6.5 ppg) and Cami Goske (6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg) each will be relied upon to lead the maroon and white into action. Smith finished with five games of sinking multiple three-point shots. Goske tallied three double-doubles and recorded a season-high 20 points against Ursuline.

Natalie Davis is back after recovering from injury, Alyson Fleming, Bella Martin and Gia Triveri each return to the program after sitting out last year. Junior Mackenzie Riccitelli led the team in scoring (10.5), assists (3.9) and steals (3.5) last winter. Number 5 compiled 14 games where she scored in double-digits. Riccitelli also accumulated a triple-double against Chaney on January 19 (14 points, 11 assists, 11 steals).

Mackenzie’s classmates Sam Duble (back from a torn ACL), Cianna Johnson, Faith Walston and Mary-Catherine Werth will be looked at to contribute this year. Ava Freeborough started last year as a freshman. Sarah Bero, Tori Strines, Amira Mousa and Kamryn Dozier are a quartet of sophomores that the staff is high on.

The Lady Spartans will play at Marlington in their season opener on November 21.

Boardman Spartans
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Jeff Hammerton
2021-22 Record: 8-15
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sectional Final to GlenOak, 64-28

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 39.6
Scoring Defense: 49.1

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 10.5
Rebounding: Emma Mills – 6.6
Assists: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 3.9
Steals: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 3.5
Free Throw Percentage: Ava Freeborough – 66.7%
Three-Point Percentage: Reagan Smith – 27.4%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 21 – at Marlington
Nov. 28 – at South Range
Nov. 30 – at Louisville
Dec. 5 – Poland
Dec. 10 – Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 14 – at Howland
Dec. 17 – at Girard
Dec. 21 – at Fitch
Dec. 28 – Salem
Dec. 30 – at Tallmadge
Jan. 4 – Canfield
Jan. 7 – West Branch
Jan. 11 – at Harding
Jan. 14 – East
Jan. 16 – at Lake
Jan. 21 – Howland
Jan. 25 – Fitch
Jan. 28 – at Canfield
Jan. 30 – Hoover
Feb. 4 – Harding
Feb. 6 – at NDCL
Feb. 9 – at Liberty