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By: Purnasree Saha: Sports Editor.

In January 2018, the Bergen Community College Women’s Basketball team played against many teams. These teams included Brookdale Community College, Rowan College in Gloucester County, Cumberland County College, Sussex County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Camden County College, and Passaic County Community College.

On January 9, 2018, the basketball team played against Brookdale by defeating them by a score of 52-43 making the team’s overall record 10-6, and the regions record was 6-3. Grace D’Annibale and Cherie Smedile were the new sophomores in this game. D’Annibale had a big game by scoring 24 points, including five threepointers. In addition, Smedile had 13 boards and 18 points for the night.  Rose D’Annibale, Victoria Lipari and Kiara Kiett were three new sophomores. There were also two new freshmen in the Women’s Basketball team, and they were Anira Calamia and Allison Bryan.

“The team is doing quite well, we are 13-8, having beaten a few excellent teams, such as Brookdale twice,” said Tracy Green, head coach of the BCC Women’s Basketball team. Green has been coaching at BCC for nine years, and prior to that, coached for 21 years on the high school level at Waldwick High School.

The players are getting ready to gel as a team, just in time for playoffs. On January 25, 2018, BCC played against the Community College of Philadelphia. Smedile is a shooting guard from Saddle Brook, NJ, and she hit the 1,000 point mark that game. “It was quite an accomplishment in less than two years of playing,” said Green. Smedile achieved that special milestone during the second quarter of the game, and did not display any signs of nervousness.

Smedile finished with 37 points, leading BCC to a 74-31 win. Smedile became the fourth women’s basketball player in Bergen’s history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

“My players all did well in the classroom this past semester and when you are a part of a team, it actually helps you organize your time so that you use it wisely. Many of the players also have a job, and have to juggle many responsibilities. We hope to do well in the Region 19 playoffs,” said Green. The playoffs will start at the end of February.