Boardman High School Girls’ Basketball Preview

Sports
Boardman Spartans High School Basketball

Adobe Stock

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Coach Brett Green begins year #2 at the helm of the Boardman girls’ basketball program. He’ll have a young group to work with but he’s excited about the team’s prospects, “We’re looking to continue to build upon the successes we had last year. We’ll be missing Samantha Duble, who started as a freshman and got better every week to an injury she suffered in soccer. She was our best on-ball defender and one of our leading scorers. However, it’s next girl up. I believe our girls are doing just that and playing for their friend as well. Our starting point guard Mackenzie Riccitelli is back. At times, she looked more like an upperclassman than a freshman. We’ll look for her to lead us. We only have one senior, but we have a great group of freshmen and our basketball knowledge overall is much better than last season.”

Last year, the Spartans began the season with 3-10 record before finishing strong by winning 4 of their last seven contests.

“We have three freshmen in Ava Freeborough, Alex Ward and Sarah Bero, who are extremely aggressive and very coachable,” states Green. “As the season goes on, they’ll have their opportunities to make a positive impact at the varsity level.”

“Mackenzie took her lumps (last year), but fought and made us competitive even in some games we shouldn’t have even been in,” Green says of his sophomore point guard. “She understands what we want on the floor and we’ll look for her to be more vocal and more of a scoring threat this season. Reagan (Smith) has improved greatly in the off-season playing AAU with Drill For Skill in (Monaca) Pennsylvania. She’s been asked to do even more and has been responsive to everything that we have thrown at her. Emma Mills is the lone senior who rebounded the ball extremely well last year and can play both inside and out. We’ll look to maximize her abilities. Bella Martin has the skill set to be a really good player. She hurt her knee right before the first game last year and struggled with that all season, but is healthy now. She’ll be the X-factor as to whether we have a good season, or a great season.”

Boardman opens play with a home matchup against the Marlington Dukes on November 22.

Boardman Spartans
Head Coach: Brett Green
2020-21 Record: 7-13

2020-21 Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: 46.6
Scoring Defense: 50.7

2020-21 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 6.2
Rebounding: Emma Mills – 5.9
Assists: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 3.4
Steals: Mackenzie Riccitelli – 1.8

2021-22 Schedule
Nov. 22 – Marlington
Nov. 27 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 1 – Louisville
Dec. 8 – at Salem
Dec. 11 – vs. St. Joseph Academy (at Hoban GBK Classic)
Dec. 12 – vs. Hoban (at Hoban GBK Classic)
Dec. 15 – at Howland
Dec. 18 – Ursuline
Dec. 22 – Fitch
Dec. 27 – at Poland
Dec. 29 – Lake
Jan. 5 – at Canfield
Jan. 12 – Harding
Jan. 15 – at East
Jan. 19 – Chaney
Jan. 22 – Howland
Jan. 26 – at Fitch
Jan. 29 – Canfield
Feb. 2 – at West Branch
Feb. 5 – at Harding
Feb. 10 – at Liberty

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending on WKBN.com