Kelli Galati sets up for pass vs Camden CC//Photo Courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

Kelli Galati sets up for pass vs Camden CC//Photo Courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

By Lucia Rubi Godoy, Online Editor

The Bergen Community College women’s basketball team has come a long way since the start of the season. Despite having had a rough start and some lost games at the beginning of the season, the Lady Bulldogs have picked up their shooting percentage; they have shot 34.2 percent since returning from winter break, a big improvement from their 27.8 percent before the break.

“It feels like the girls have come a long way as far as working well together as a team, learning all the plays, they play hard every game until the end, whether we are winning by a lot, losing by a lot, they don’t ever give up,” said coach Tracey Green. “We’ve been working all season on improving the shooting percentage.”

The team’s most immediate goal is to enter the regional tournament, which starts the week after the last lead game, scheduled for February 16. The team’s improvements have put Bergen close to the middle seeds for the Region XIX. However, some of the weaker teams have dropped out of the competition, leaving our Lady Bulldogs to confront more competitive teams that they wouldn’t have had to play against otherwise.

“Passaic [Community College] just dropped their program, and we lost two games that we could’ve won, that would have helped us in getting into the tournament,” said coach Green.

A game against Passaic Community College that was scheduled for December 15, was postponed until January 12. When the team finally canceled the game and dropped their program due to their lack of players; it took away two chances of victory that could have helped Bergen get into the regional tournament.

Stephanie Dowd attacks the paint vs Kingsborough//Photo Courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

Stephanie Dowd attacks the paint vs Kingsborough//Photo Courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

“That has happened a couple of times to us,” said Green. “I have eleven players right now, but you can’t start with less than five players, so if the other team only has four healthy players, then they have to call and postpone. One of the teams postponed, then they actually just dropped their program, because they lost kids, I guess academically, and maybe injuries, but I didn’t. I had 11 girls who just want to play.”

Nevertheless, the team still has a chance of making the regional tournament. “You have to be .500 in order to get into the tournament, but right now we are 6-10, hopefully after today it will be 7-10 ” explained the coach. “We’ve got to string together a few wins in order to enter the tournament, because that is always the goal,” she added.

After the win against Camden with 28 points on our favor, another game against Atlantic Cape, that was scheduled for Saturday, January 23 was postponed due to the snowstorm.

When asked what kind of precedent the team has for the next season, the coach explained that although six of her players are sophomores and are graduating this spring, another six are freshmen, and will likely be coming back for the next academic year.

“It’s always good to start with a lot of experienced players.” said coach Green. “It’s a great group of girls, they like each other, they play well together, they are friends with each other, so it’s a really good group of girls to work with. They make it fun. They are very dedicated.”