The Dunking Dodgers
Thursday, January 30, 2014 • 4:13pm
MADISON, NJ - Every year Madison Junior School has tryouts for the girls’ basketball team. Approximately 18 people tried out for the team this year but only about 14 girls made it. Those girls included Jen Conroy, Emma Schermerhorn, Kayla Bailey, Courtney Bland, Caroline Blount, Grace Donato, Melanie Finn, Sage Geyer, Sophia Haralampoudis, Jessica Lusardi, Chloe O’Connell, Mitra Sharif, Leah Rutland, and Caroline Winsper.
The team began practicing before Thanksgiving and their first game was Wednesday, December 4th away against East Hanover. The season lasted until the team was eliminated in the tournament on January 24.
The team’s best game was when they played against Villa Walsh. It was a really close game. At first, Villa Walsh was in the lead but the Dodgers caught up in a matter of time. The game went into overtime but Dodgers won in the end.
Overall, their season has had some ups and downs. Their record heading into the tournament was 3-8, but there was steady progress shown as the season moved on. The team is full of great players and there was not always the same leading scorer in each game. For majority of the games, the starters were Mitra Sharif, Leah Rutland, Chloe O’Connell, Courtney Bland, Caroline Blount, and Sage Geyer. Since Rutland, O’Connell, and Bland are all seventh graders, MJS is planning on having a strong and experienced team next year.
The team was led by Coach Anthony Finn. Mr. Finn works at Kings Road School and also coaches the girls’ soccer team at MJS.
Photo: MJS 2014 Girls’ Basketball team – kneeling left to right – Sage Geyer, Mitra Sharif, Grace Donato, manager Olivia Miller – standing left to right – Caroline Winsper, Jess Lusardi, Courtney Bland, Melanie Finn, Chloe O’Connell, Leah Rutland, Jennifer Conroy, Emma Schermerhorn, Caroline Blount, Sophia Haralampoudis, Coach Finn, Kayla Bayley, manager Grace Hurley