Warriors build their future on the court

'Strong senior leadership and a relentless work ethic': Injuries will not keep DV girls basketball down

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  • Ashley Thalassinos and Elizabeth Bobo (Photo provided)

"Looking forward to next season, we have a core nucleus of young leaders looking to take our team to the next level.”
Head Coach Lindsay Baker

By Josh Lashley

— Win or lose, the Warriors stepped onto the court to give their best effort, learn from their mistakes, and build upon their strengths.

The Delaware Valley girls basketball captains, senior Elizabeth Bobo and junior Ashley Thalassinos, led the way this winter.

“These athletes were chosen based upon their dedication and commitment to our program as well as their active communication and ability to bring people together,” said DV head coach Lindsay Baker. “Elizabeth is leading our team in rebounds per game at 5.5 point per game, and Ashley is the leading 3-point shooter this season at 32 percent.

“Their overall maturity as varsity athletes and their ability to take in direct instruction and adjustments and work toward making those adjustments to their game put us in the best position to be successful.”

Elizabeth and Ashley are also strong academically.

“Both students are high-achieving student-athletes that are enrolled in several Honors and Advanced Placement courses,” Baker said. “Their dedicated level on the court is also seen in the classroom where they dedicate time and effort to performing at a high level.

“They both have welcoming and competitive personalities which makes them approachable to their teammates and they both look to push their teammates in different ways. Ashley may verbally communicate different aspects of the game with her teammates, whereas Elizabeth is more reflective and can approach them with a more visual and big goal aspect of how our program operates.”

More leaders emergeCoach Baker noted some players who have made contributions on the court this season.

“Additional student-athletes that have stepped into more of a leadership role this season would be junior Mia Van Wie and sophomore Brooke Acoveno,” Baker said. “Mia is the main motivator on the team, providing endless amounts of encouragement either verbally or by her sheer gritty style of play. Brooke has looked to step up and provide a more lead by example technique where her work ethic and competitive nature drives her teammates around her.

“With all of the injuries that we endured this season, Brooke's competitive play reassured her teammates that collectively we could be successful as a team having a competitive season. Looking forward to next season, we have a core nucleus of young leaders looking to take our team to the next level.”

The Warriors have had to overcome the great disadvantage wrought by injuries.

“We endured a number of injuries this season to key players on our squad,” Baker said. “Top newcomer Mackenzie Olsommer suffered a season-ending ACL injury at the start of league play, and primary point guard Meghan Byrnes and shooting guard Gabby White both suffered season-ending injuries with an Achilles (injury) and broken foot. All are still young in their varsity careers to rehabilitate and make a strong comeback. We are excited to see what we can accomplish with a healthy squad.

“Injuries aside, the program made big strides, still remaining competitive with the majority of their games. Strong senior leadership and a relentless work ethic by this squad has made them one of the toughest teams to play against. None of that would be possible if not for our seniors Brenna Cavallaro, Amber Recksiek, Elizabeth Bobo, and Alexis Sickler, who have worked tirelessly over the past four years to lay a strong foundation to the values and culture of our basketball program."

The coach says their influence reaches all the way down to the Youth League formed for girls in the DV community.

"These seniors sacrificed their Saturday mornings instructing and working to grow the game of basketball within the DV community," she said. "That will be the greatest part of their legacy.”

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