Western Mass. Ladies Basketball Leading 10: Wahconah leads list with season ideally starting next week
Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, fewer teams are playing this year and schools are competing within bubbles. With that in mind, we have momentarily reduced the overall number of groups in our rankings. While some typical competitors will not face off this season due to the pandemic, we will continue to supply rankings this season by safely going to games and talking to coaches.
In addition, a number of teams are not playing basketball during the traditional winter. MassLive will think about any school that is playing or plans on playing the conventional winter season in its Top 10.
A number of teams that are normally stalwarts of the women basketball Top 20 won’t take– or more than likely won’t take– the court this season. That leaves teams like Taconic, Northampton, Monson and Hampshire off the list as the schools hold back their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With that in mind, though, a number of groups either started their season today or intend to begin next week, giving a few of the top players an opportunity to get at least a couple of games in this winter.
Wahconah opens the season in the leading spot as the group returns not simply a Super 7 in Maria Gamberoni, but likewise another strong gamer in Noelle Furlong. Gamberoni is 11 points away from scoring the 1,000 th point of her profession– a milestone for any player, but a much more remarkable one for Gamberoni who facilitates her colleagues scoring chances so frequently.
Ruling co-state champ Hoosac Valley slots into the second spot. The Hurricanes graduated some crucial gamers, and are under the instructions of first-year head coach Holly McGovern. Even with the modifications, Hoosac restores several gamers with crucial postseason experience on its side.
Springfield schools are on a short-term pause due to a favorable COVID-19 test. That being said, Central needs to have a strong season. The Golden Eagles being in the third spot, while Western Mass. Division I champ Minnechaug slots in at No. 4 after graduating several of its key elements from last year’s squad.
Yamirelis Matos will likely lead the No. 5 Pacers, while Yamaya Perez plays crucial minutes for the Purple Knights. Now juniors, both players jumped onto the Western Mass. phase as freshmen and have continued to advance for their programs.
Longmeadow kicked off the season with a pair of wins, but it took an overtime battle for the Lancers to beat East Longmeadow Monday.
Amherst suits at No. 9 with a set of gifted gamers, in Petua Mukimba and Delaney Macphetres. Westfield, on the other hand, complete the list as the school returns All-Western Mass. first string selection Chandler Pedolzky.