Mount Carmel High School Girls Basketball Team

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  • December 15, 2023
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About three quarters of the way through the current season, Marie Fantanarosa sprained her ankle and was forced to miss several games. At the time, with the Lady Tornadoes needing to win practically every game to qualify for post-season play, their prospects seemed dim. But instead of collapsing, the Team discovered it had more talent than it realized; and began to blossom. Lisa Balichik, particularly, began to assert herself and became a solid force both as scorer and floor leader. Lori Adamcik, began to play a bigger role as rebounder and made her presence felt. Cheryl Darrup got more playing time and as a result was a seasoned player when the playoffs rolled around making contributions not normally expected from a sophomore. Margot Guinan was a solid, stabilizing presence throughout. She ran the offense as point guard, and played consistently fine defense. Lil Cole provided excellent support coming off the bench for both Adamchik and Balitchick.

Melissa White had played very well whenever she got the opportunity; and now she was joined by four young players, Kim Little, Shannon Guinan and the Schicchitano twins Mary and Peggy all of whom made important contributions along the way. When Maria returned they were a much better team. And their goal of winning the District Championship became a realistic one.

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