BROADALBIN — Though it lost just three players from last season’s team, the Broadalbin-Perth girls’ basketball team has some large holes to fill heading into the new season.
Gone from last season’s squad are Kiaira Tomlinson, Lauralie Grainer and Makenzie Smith.
Smith, who graduated early after her junior year, finished her four-year career with 1,005 career points.
Smith led B-P in scoring in each of her four seasons as well.
“Makenzie leaves a big hole to fill,” Broadalbin-Perth coach David Bush said. “She was a big focal point of the team. It’s going to take a lot of people to fill her spot, but it gives people an opportunity.”
Though the Patriots lost some key contributors, they also return five seniors.
That group includes Brooke Bush, Emma Goebel, Makayla Hodsoll, Haleigh Hayes and Julia Mycek.
Rounding out the Patriots’ roster are sophomores Camille Calderone, Mairead Marsden and Alex Brown; and freshmen Molly Russom and Jillian Sassanella.
“Numbers-wise we’re in pretty good shape,” Bush said. “We’ve got a good mix of returning players and newcomers. Our seniors are doing a good job of helping the others get up to speed.”
B-P went 7-4 last season, playing a schedule limited to mostly Fulton County opposition in Mayfield, Northville, Johnstown and Gloversville. The Patriots’ only out-of-county games came against Amsterdam.
In addition to playing a limited schedule last season, B-P also played a condensed schedule that saw it play its 11 games in a 17-day span from Feb. 25 to March 13.
Area teams also played without fans last season due to COVID protocols. Bush said he’s looking forward to the return of spectators.
“It was hard to play without fans in the stands last season,” he said. “We’re hoping to get a boost of energy from having fans in the stands.”
In its last full season, Broadalbin-Perth went 7-15 overall in 2019-20, losing in the first round of the Class B Tournament to eventual champion Mechanicville.
Bush said that his team is working hard to get ready for the new season.
“So far, so good,” he said.. “We’re looking to play more uptempo this year. We have a very athletic bunch and we’re starting to mesh.”
Broadalbin-Perth is scheduled to open its season Thursday when it hosts Scotia-Glenville at 7 p.m. in a Foothills Council contest.
“We should be in every game,” Bush said. “With what we have, I think we should be in good shape this season.”