The South Brunswick High School girls basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 54-32 win over Old Bridge at home on Dec. 16. Based on the talent of the team, expect a lot more wins to follow.
South Brunswick did graduate Bianca Celi, who was a 1,000-point scorer. Fortunately for South Brunswick, all the other starters are back.
"We return four of five starters from last year and six players overall," South Brunswick Coach Beth Barrio noted.
Three of the returning players made an instant impact in the win against Old Bridge. Danielle Roberts (17 points), Danielle Padovano (15 points) and Ashley DeGroff (11 points) all scored in double figured in the win.
South Brunswick outscored Old Bridge 16-5 in the first quarter and built its advantage to 26-7 by the half. South Brunswick built its lead to 49-17 after three quarters.
The great thing about the trio of double-point scorers for South Brunswick is the fact they are all juniors. Padovano is a 6-foot forward. Roberts is a 5' 7" point guard. DeGroff is a 5' 6" guard.
The other three returning players are all seniors. Kelly O'Brien and Vanessa Perdomo are both 5' 5" guards. Victoria Jackson is a 5' 7" forward.
"The remainder of the Viking’s squad will be composed of new faces looking to help contribute to the team's overall success," Barrio noted.
Hailey Hendrickson is a 5' 3" guard. South Brunswick will also have a trio of sophomores on the varsity. They are Jackie Harrison (a 5' 8" guard/forward), Maya Hamilton (a 6' center) and Ally Berger (a 5' 4" point guard).
Last season South Brunswick finished with a record of 14-9. When looking at the competition, other coaches in the Red Division had South Brunswick as one of the favorites. Even without Celi, South Brunswick is very talented.
"This 2011-2012 squad will look to stay competitive within the Red Division and the county," Barrio said.
This is Barrio's sixth season. A big positive for the coach is the fact South Brunswick has the talent to win now and the youth to make next year look very appealing as well.
Right now, the main goal is get to 2-0. South Brunswick will try and accomplish that when it plays at JP Stevens on Tuesday night.
South Bunswick will host Piscataway on Dec. 22 in its last game before the holiday break. On Dec. 27 and 29, South Brunswick will take part in the Brunswick Classic, which will be held at Monroe this year. The tournament will conclude the 2011 portion of the schedule.