Delaware Valley girls close out the 2018-19 hoops campaign
If there’s one word that can describe the Delaware Valley girls basketball program it’s persistent.
Going 0-for-12 in the Lackawanna League and sporting a 1-20 overall record is hard on a team.
However, for a better part of the season, the Lady Warriors were showing marked improvement from game to game.
Older athletes were delivering a more physical style that allowed them to contend in may match-ups and younger players were responding with better offense.
Senior leadership has been essential for Delaware Valley's gals.
Amber Recksiek, Elizabeth Bobo, and Brenna Cavallaro have been consistent contributors to the growing program. And, the addition of Alexis Sickler this season has also deepened the pool of available players.
All four are multi-sport standouts that regularly call upon what they’ve learned in other endeavors to further help with hoops.
“All four of us have had a good experience,” said Bobo. “We accomplished more than we thought we would.”
Sickler, also a track & field standout as well as a soccer star, is involved with student council, the wellness and fitness club, the National Honor Society, and plays travel soccer as well.
Bobo is a member of the volleyball team and also plays travel volleyball and manages the girls lacrosse team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.
Recksiek plays softball for DV and with the Tri-State Angels travel club, additionally she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Cavallaro also plays softball for both DV and Tri-State. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and plays on the varsity field hockey team.
In so much as the seniors have played a role in shaping the squad, the underclassmen are providing the punch.
Sophomore Brooke Acoveno leads the team in points with 167. She’s hit 11 times from downtown and drained 42-of-79 free tosses.
Another sophomore, Ashley Thalassinos has posted 132. She’s nailed 15 three-pointers and gone 23-for-37 at the line. Bobo, leads the scoring among the seniors. A staple in the paint, she’s netted 108 points and landed 24-of-51 attempts from the stripe.
One of the Warriors most promising athletes, Mackenzie Olsommer, who missed the last six games due to an injury, ranks fourth in scoring this year with 97 points.
She’s made 9-of-16 foul shots and hit a dozen times from beyond the arc.
“I think we’re turning over the team to a good group,” said Cavallaro.
“The younger players are bringing a lot to the program and I think they will have good seasons to come.”
Given the fact that there are only four teams in this year's subregional Class 6A bracket for Districts Two and Four, Delaware Valley receives an automatic bid into the tournament.
The Lady Warriors will likely face Hazleton Area on Friday, Feb. 22.
Should the local lasses upset the Cougars they’ll play for the district crown on March 1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at 6 p.m.
With only a make-up game or two remaining on the 2018-19 regular season slate, Hazleton Area has the top seed nailed down.
The Cougars sport a 17-5 overall record and a power ranking of .687726.
Williamsport Area is ranked second with a power rating of .566866, followed by Scranton High School (.468706) and DV (.262523).