Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings Look to Rebound in 2006-07

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 1, 2006

On the surface, the chance of a successful season for the Hudson Valley Community College women’s basketball team might look bleak with only two players returning off an 8-21 season. However, there is a sense of excitement surrounding the 2006-07 Lady Vikings as they prepare for their season opener this Saturday, November 4 against Dutchess Community College in the opening round of the Viking Club Invitational.

“We are cautiously optimistic about this season,” said Ferris, who is entering her eighth season at Hudson Valley. “There is potential for us to be a good but we need to work hard to reach that potential. The competition in the region continues to get better each year so we need to make sure we are ready to play each game or we will get beat.”

The recruiting class has the potential to be one of the strongest under Ferris’ tenure and it needs to be for Hudson Valley to be successful as all five starters are gone from a year ago.

Headlining the new class are freshmen Jackie Carraway (Troy/Lansingburgh High School), Jenna Hughes (Poestenkill/Averill Park High School), Jenna Smith (Cohoes/Cohoes High School) and Ryan Graham (Menands/Shaker High School).

Carraway, an All-Conference selection as a senior, helped Lansingburgh to a Colonial Council title in 2006. Carraway has the athletic ability to play in the post and also up top with the ball in her hand if needed. Hughes, a guard who hit over 40 three-point baskets as a senior, was a First Team All-Suburban Council selection in 2006 after leading Averill Park to the Section II Class A championship. Smith, who should start the season as the Lady Vikings point guard, was Cohoes’ leading scorer as a senior. Graham should be a force in the post and will be counted on to get rebounds.

“One of our strengths will be that each of our top six or seven players can handle the basketball and create opportunities,” Ferris said. “We are not a big team so we need to make sure we are boxing out to get the rebounds.”

Sophomore Molly McGuire (Ravena/Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School) is one of six sophomores on the team. She transferred to Hudson Valley from NCAA Division III powerhouse Saint John Fisher College, where she played in seven games in the first semester a year ago.

The two players that return from a year ago are Elizabeth Ashline (Watervliet/Shaker High School) and Natasha Sanchez (Brooklyn/Far Rockaway High School).

Hudson Valley will host Dutchess, Springfield Tech College and Schenectady County Community College this Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5 in the Viking Club Invitational. Hudson Valley will meet Dutchess at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the opening round. The consolation and championship games are set for noon and 2 p.m., respectively, on Sunday.