Mix of veterans, newcomers lead Molloy
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Hampton, who helped Baldwin High School to three straight Nassau Class AA championships, came off the bench for the first four games before O’Hagan inserted her into the starting lineup. She’s averaging 11.8 points and running the offense from the point. “She came from a tremendous high school program and has done a sensational job for us,” O’Hagan said. “She loves the game. She knows how to get her teammates involved, and she knows how to get to the basket and draw contact.”
Another freshman, Kimani Jackson, out of St. Anthony’s High School, could see increased playing time at center as the season unfolds. She started last Saturday after contributing nine points and six rebounds off the bench against Post. O’Hagan will count on her to help Ross, the team’s leading rebounder with 54 through six games, crash the boards.
Marra, a hard-working guard, leads a balanced offense so far at 12.5 points per game. “If you have five of her, you win a lot of games,” O’Hagan said. “She just gets things done.”
Addison (10 points per game) is a steady forward, and junior Kelly Guerrero and sophomore Nicole Arnone are capable scorers averaging 10.5 and 6.5 points, respectively.
Non-conference games against Merrimack, Bloomfield and New Haven will help the Lady Lions get ready for the resumption of the ECC schedule when the calendar flips to 2013. Their next conference game is Jan. 5 at Dowling.