BROADALBIN – Although it has only lost three players from last season’s team, the Broadalbin-Perth girls’ basketball team has some big holes to enter the new season.
From last season’s team are Gayara Tomlinson, Lauralee Greiner and Mackenzie Smith.
Smith, who graduated early after his junior year, ended his four-year career with 1,005 career points.
Smith led BP in scoring in each of his four seasons.
“Leaves a huge hole for the Mackenzie to fill,” said Broadbin-Perth coach David Bush. “She was a big focal point of the team. A lot of people would be needed to fill her spot, but it gives people a chance.”
Although the Patriots lost some key contributors, they also return five seniors.
That group includes Brooke Bush, Emma Goebbels, Makayla Hodsol, Hailey Hayes, and Julia Mycek.
Rounding out the Patriots’ roster are Camille Calderone, Mairead Marsden and Alex Brown; and new players Molly Rassum and Jillian Sasanella.
“Numbers-wise we’re in pretty good shape,” Bush said. “We have a good mix of comeback players and newcomers. Our seniors are doing a great job of helping others pick up pace.”
BP went 7–4 last season, playing a mostly limited schedule to Fulton County opposition in Mayfield, Northville, Johnstown and Gloversville. The Patriots’ only out-of-county game came against Amsterdam.
In addition to playing a limited schedule last season, BP also played a brief schedule, playing 11 of their games in a span of 17 days from February 25 to March 13.
The field teams also played without fans last season due to the COVID protocol. Bush said he looked forward to the return of the audience.
“Last season it was difficult to play without fans in the stands,” he added. “We’re hoping to get the energy boost from having fans in the stands.”
In their last full season, Broadalbin-Perth went 7–15 on aggregate in 2019–20, losing to eventual champions Mechanicville in the first round of the Class B tournament.
Bush said his team is working hard to get ready for the new season.
“So far, so good,” he said.. “We’re looking to play more uptempo this year. We have a very athletic bunch and we’re starting to net.
Broadalbin-Perth is scheduled to begin its season on Thursday, when it hosts the Scotia-Glenville at 7 p.m. Foothills Council competition.
“We should be in every game,” Bush said. “Whatever we have, I think we should be in good shape this season.”
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