New Rochelle, NY – The ASA Avengers women's basketball team opens the 2018-19 NJCAA season by travelling to the New Rochelle to compete in the Monroe College Women's Basketball Classic.
The Avengers played their first game of the classic on Saturday November 17th against the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS). As this was the team's first contest of the season without a scrimmaged played, the team tried to explore different routes to find out what works and what doesn't work. The biggest standout player of the game for the Avengers was the team's only returnee, #23 Forward, Aiden Rainford, who had a double-double in points and rebounds. "Aiden showed signs of being a good leader," said women's basketball interim head coach, Sal Fabozzi. "She played good team defense and man-to-man defense."
#20 Center, Me'Ara Carter also rebounded with double digits in the game while #0 Guard, Shanese Miller also tied the game high in assists. On the defensive end, the team was able to hold NAPS to a 28.8% shooting. "Everybody did their jobs well," said Fabozzi.
In the end, the Avengers lost to NAPS in the first game of the season. "We have to give them [NAPS] credit," said Fabozzi. "They came out aggressive and executed their sets. Kudos to them, they were a well-coached team."
The Avengers second game of the classic was against host, Monroe Community College, on Sunday November 18th 2018. Monroe Community College is the current reigning NJCAA Division 2 Champions. The Avengers got off to a 30-24 lead at the end of the first half. However, fatigue caught up to the Avengers in the second half as down the stretch in the 4th, they had a few big, unforced turnovers that made the difference.
"I'm proud of the way the girls played, 4 of the girls played close to 80 minutes over the weekend," said Fabozzi. "Everyone played hard and fought to the end but the ball just didn't go our way. The game could have gone either way. At the end of the day, the ladies put in a lot of effort, and that's all I could ask for."
The ASA Avengers women's basketball team plays their next game against Union County College on November 27th.