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    THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

    Well, it is that time of year again......girls basketball season.   The season is starting off strong for some, and a little rocky for others.  It's way too soon to be making predictions, especially on the teams struggling, but of course I'm going to try and throw out a few. 

    So I ask myself, should I start with the good, the bad, or the ugly?  I think I'll start on a high note.   The STM Cavalier girls' basketball team has jumped out of the gates quickly.  It was to be expected, as they have a solid roster, and so far Coach Kandolin is using his bench and making consistent substitutions.   They, of course, will rely heavily on Caitlin Duffy to shoot the 3's, but she might get quite a bit of help in that regard from Alexys Swedlund.  She is also very fond of the three-point shot and is an accurate shooter.   Unfortunately for the Lady Cavs they will play another year without Tessa Pesicka.  She tore her other ACL last week and is out for the season.   Not the kind of deja vue any team wants to deal with, but STM has strong players in Bri Arity and Moira Duffy down below to keep the Lady Cavs strong in the paint.   Maddie Merriam appears quicker this year, and will be an important player for STM.   Madison Kirsch does a nice job driving into the lane and finishing her shots.   The Lady Cavs will be going into a bit more competitive schedule now, so it will be interesting to see how they hold together.  They will need a team effort to win games, and they have the talent to do just that.

    Now onto the bad.  Well, maybe the better word is disappointing.  The Stevens Raiders girls' basketball team was all the talk preseason, as they have two very strong players in Katie Klapprodt and Margaret McCloud.  What coach wouldn't be happy with a 6'2" center that is extremely aggressive under the basket, and a point guard that handles the ball well and isn't afraid to drive in or shoot a three?  For some reason things aren't quite gelling for the Raiders.  There's a lot of season left, and this team has a history of peaking at the right time.  Let's hope that is the case this year, as well.   The supporting cast will need to feel comfortable contributing in order for that to happen, however. 

    And the ugly?   I was recently at an ugly sweater party and you wouldn't believe some crazy, ugly sweaters people had on!!   I don't have particularly good taste, but I know an ugly look when I see one, and I saw plenty. 

    But back to the more interesting topic......the big surprise I think is the Central Cobbler girls' basketball team.   They have had extremely close games thus far, and play as many Cobbler teams in the past have; with determination and aggression.  That always makes a girls game that much more interesting.  They don't have a lot of height, but they are quick and seem to understand their respective roles and are working together as a team.  If they keep up this tempo I think they will bring on grief to all their opponents.  With hard work and a little luck that might be enough to put them on the winning side of the game. 

    Both the Raiders and the Cobblers have had a taste of East River.  Hopefully both teams can compete throughout the season and end on a high note.

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