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Veteran coach Jerry Aquino is back to guide the Mount St. Dominic Lady Lions who host Montclair Friday night to tip-off season. (Photo by Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET)
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The Lady Lions’ first five at this point features co-captains Chloe Burgess, a 5-6 senior shooting guard, Emily O'Connor, a 5-10 senior point forward, and Tyis Mullen, a 5-5 senior point guard, along with Grace Sheehan, a 6-1 sophomore center from Fairfield, and Mackenzie Mendola, a 5-5 soph three-guard.
Also in the varsity rotation are Kerry McCauley, a six-foot-tall soph frontcourter from West Caldwell, 5-7 soph guard Alyse Jefferson and 5-8 10th-grade forward Catherine Szeluga.
Speaking of Montclair, the Mounties will participate in the Mount’s annual Holiday Invitational during the Christmas break, starting Saturday, Dec. 27, and continuing Sunday, Dec. 28 and Tuesday, Dec. 30, with a number of strong teams from throughout the state including St. John Vianney, Piscataway, Lodi Immaculate and Rumson.
On the first day of the Mount Invitational, Teaneck meets Franklin at noon followed by Montclair vs. St. John Vianney at 1:45, then Piscataway vs. the Mount at 3:30, Rutgers Prep vs. Rumson at 5:15 and Bloomfield Tech vs. Lodi Immaculate at 7.
Essex County Girls Basketball Players To Watch in 2014-2015:
Shannon Bertscha 5-11 senior West Essex
Chloe Burgess 5-6 senior Mount St. Dominic
Jihayah Chavis 5-7 junior University
Kyiarah English 5-4 senior East Orange
Ny-asia Franklin 6-0 senior East Orange
Amatullah Johnson 6-4 senior Weequahic
Alex Kerr 5-7 senior Montclair
Izzy Mendez 5-4 junior MKA
Ivana Negron 5-9 senior Shabazz
Sarah O'Neil 5-6 junior Verona
Kayla Ramseur 5-4 junior Bloomfield Tech
Acestra Robinson 5-2 senior Shabazz
Blair Watson 5-11 junior Nutley
Jocelyn Willoughby 5-11 junior Newark Academy
East Orange's Bucknell-bound Kyiarah English leads the way for point guards in Essex this girls basketball season. (Photo by Jim Connelly/The Item of Millburn & Short Hills)
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