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December 6, 2013

2013-13 Tonawanda girls basketball preview

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Tonawanda News — Proy, at 6-foot-1, and tough-as-nails varsity newcomer Samantha Britton, the Blue Devils have a 1-2 punch in the paint that they haven’t had in a long time. The rebounding and points off of put backs from those two alone should give Ken West enough points to keep them in every game.

Kiki Wright, like Proy, made great strides in the off season and should be a nice weapon on both sides of the court for Ken West.

One of the youngest teams in the NFL, the Blue Devils have four ninth graders: Grace Ferguson, Destiny Catania, Anna Quinlan and Rachel Sefried. 

Excited by the potential of his youth, Licata said the challenge for the young girls-especially up from JV — is can they raise their games to the varsity level.

— Dave Ricci

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The challenge is putting the pieces together in a winning combination.

As the Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs move into the new season they’ll have some of the brightest young players in the Niagara Frontier League. But the question before this group is how quickly can they bring it all together as a unit.

Leading the way for Ken East will be Julia Snitzer and Sarah McCarthy. Snitzer, the team’s lone senior, is the epitome of the team-first, never say die attitude coach Kristy Bondgren wants her Bulldogs to have this season.

McCarthy, a 6-foot junior in her third season of varsity, has all of the tools to be one of the top post players in Western New York. Sophomore guard/forward Kiaja O’Neil brings a mix of skill, speed and tenacity. 

Freshman guard Kendall Mills, arguably the best guard in the league, handles the ball very well and has a great outside shot. Bondgren also feels that O’Neil, Mills and McCarthy — like Snitzer — are learning how to bring their individual personalities to floor, which can help relax the mood when it’s needed most.

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