For the early part of the season, we’re going to be doing posts focusing on different schools in our continuous effort to fill your girls basketball appetite. Here’s one on Tappan Zee.
Record last year: The Dutchmen went 14-6 last year and lost in the second of the sectional playoffs.
Top player lost to graduation: All-Section player Megan Curren, a player that coach Tom Cromer says “has leadership qualities will be hard to replace.”
Top returning players: Tappan Zee will rely on experience — they have six seniors in their rotation — and the inside-outside combination that center Devona Paul and guard Regina Argenzioboth (both All section honorable mentions last season) give them.
Biggest strength: The experience mentioned above, and the depth that comes with such a senior-laden team.
Biggest concern: Last season, this group didn’t have enough to make it out of the second round of sectionals. This season, Tappan Zee will be relying on the same core. Is it possible for this group of players to make a Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls-like jump in one season, without making any significant changes?
Top rival: Pearl River.
Final Verdict/Prediction: Tappan Zee will be good, but not as good as fellow Class A teams Peekskill and Pearl River. (However, I have been wrong one or two times in the past).