The Future is Here

 Lady Wildcat seniors, with coaches and family members left to right: Rose Pedretti, Jesse Morra, Kelly Baumann, Zenab Ojibe, and sister Zannia Ojibe.
Lady Wildcat seniors, with coaches and family members left to right: Rose Pedretti, Jesse Morra, Kelly Baumann, Zenab Ojibe, and sister Zannia Ojibe.
Brittney Coleman (4) will be back next year, and along with a healthy Rosa Portaro will be a team leader.
Brittney Coleman (4) will be back next year, and along with a healthy Rosa Portaro will be a team leader.
Desiree Kleberg (13) has had a busy season as a freshman and is getting familiar to the speed and toughness of varsity level basketball.
Desiree Kleberg (13) has had a busy season as a freshman and is getting familiar to the speed and toughness of varsity level basketball.
Freshman Meghan Soulias (25) already commands respect on the court and hopefully will become a major presence in Suffolk County Basketball.
Freshman Meghan Soulias (25) already commands respect on the court and hopefully will become a major presence in Suffolk County Basketball.
Freshman Danielle Kleet (5) has played well and is seeing the court a lot better as her minutes grow.
Freshman Danielle Kleet (5) has played well and is seeing the court a lot better as her minutes grow.

“They’re a young team and the youngest play a lot,” started Varsity Coach Dan Trebour when talking about his season so far.  With two freshman starters and the next one off the bench a freshman as well, the Lady Wildcat Basketball team sports a very different look then in past years.

Senior starters Rose Pedretti and Zenab Ojibe have led the team to the brink of the playoffs. A crucial game will be at Northport on Saturday, February 6th at 1PM.  Rose has elevated her game from last year and is an efficient player who always brings a physical presence when she’s on the court. Rose is a four-year varsity basketball player, three-year starter, and two-year captain. She has been the leading scorer on the team since her sophomore season and will graduate with about 700 career points and 400 career rebounds.  Rose is a two-time All-League player.

Zenab Ojibe at 5’11’ brings a strong presence to the center of the court.  Zenab is a three-year varsity basketball player, current co-captain of the 2015-2016 team, and a three-sport varsity athlete. Zenab has been a consistent asset on the defensive end and on the boards for the Wildcats.  She has recorded 17 rebounds in several games this year, something not many former players have done.

Off the bench, seniors Jesse Mora, Zannia Ojibe and Kelly Baumann give the Wildcats solid experienced depth. All three of these talented ladies are two-year varsity basketball players and three-sport varsity athletes.

Brittney Coleman, a junior starter, is the teams second leading scorer and leading 3-point shooter. She will be counted on heavily next year. The freshman starters have done an exceptional job and of course that bodes well for the next several years. Danielle Kleet has done a nice job handing the ball under pressure. Meghan Soulias, at 5’8” can already do so many things right, and other coaches have made note. Desiree Kleberg is another talented freshman who is getting excellent time and will continue to grow into her position anchoring what could be a top-level threesome for years to come.

Noticeably missing from this year’s line up is junior Rosa Portaro who is recovering from a torn ACL. Rosa brings experience and aggressiveness to the starting lineup that any coach would welcome. “Rosa is our quarterback,” said coach Trebour. “Having her out this year was a real loss to the team.” The lack of floor experience for the starting team has hurt the Wildcats in some close games against very good and experienced teams.

“They’re an unselfish bunch that works hard, and no matter what happens throughout the course of the season, they compete,” said coach Trebour.  “It's nice to come to practice everyday as a coach and know that they give it their all.”

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