Holmdel girls expect another solid season

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Holmdel High School girls basketball team opened the season with a 46-27 victory over Freehold Township, as it looks to build up last year’s 13-11 record. Although the Hornets are relatively young, the team nevertheless has some solid experience. Seniors Jackie Klatsky and Mary Orsini are entering their fourth season as starters, and juniors Cristina Martorelli and Marissa Porto saw significant minutes a year ago. Klatsky will run the offense from the point. Last season she averaged 9.5 points along with three steals and three assists, and she can also hit from three-point range. Orsini, a center, gives Holmdel a presence under the rim, where she averaged 5.5 rebounds and five points. Martorelli, meanwhile, can be a scoring threat from the outside. She averaged 11 points last winter, and Porto averaged six points. Both players came off the bench, but coach Dawn Karpell increased their playing time as the season progressed. “Experience is our real strength,” the second-year coach said. “And that will be important because how we play defense will be the key to our success. They have the poise and leadership ability to get the job done.” That will be particularly important as the Hornets move from the Shore Conference’s B North division to A Central, which includes teams like St. John Vianney, Red Bank Catholic and Raritan. Holmdel will use a half-court man-to-man defense and, on occasion, a match-up zone. In addition, the team qualified for both the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tourneys, reaching the second round in each. The rest of Karpell’s roster is relatively young, with the exception of senior forward Michelle Casazza, who will provide help in the paint. Sophomore Liz Mayell also provides help up front. Four freshmen provide backcourt depth, including point guard Marybeth Lisberal, Kim Florentino, Dana Graziano and Melissa Tagges. “I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Karpell said. Holmdel, which hosted Rumson-Fair Haven on Tuesday, begins play in the Bayshore Invitational Tournament on Monday. The second-seeded Hornets will square off against Cardinal McCarrick. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img