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Murphy, Polumbo lead young Marlboro squad over New Paltz

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Murphy, Polumbo lead young Marlboro squad over New Paltz

MARLBORO – They’re in an unfamiliar place, a single in which a victory that provides their amount of wins up to match the overall losses is lead to for optimism. And with excellent rationale.

When final found in a whole year, a “normal season,” the Marlboro girls basketball crew was a powerhouse. They charged by means of Section 9 and captured a 2nd consecutive Course B championship, days before the pandemic introduced the environment to a halt.

Because then, while, the Iron Dukes have graduated a number of standouts and their roster reshaped, reloaded with a slew of underclassmen. Their commencing lineup now functions a sophomore and 3 freshmen, a group that will discover and grow — pretty much, far too — as it goes.

Marlboro's Hannah Polumbo, photographed during the Section 9 Class B championship in 2020, has been coming the catalysts in leading a rebuilding team whose starting lineup this season includes four underclassmen.

“I love the vitality they provide each individual day,” claimed Gary Trapani, who is in his second calendar year as head mentor. “The good point is we’re gonna have this core jointly for a lengthy time and I just cannot wait to see how they acquire together.”

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But that development was paused this winter when a COVID-19 outbreak pressured the staff to go a thirty day period with out a activity. Among Dec. 21, their previous sport right before the vacation crack, and when they resumed on Jan. 19, 6 of their 9 players and the mentor examined favourable for the virus.

“The kids are resilient, but they did wrestle early on coming again from that,” the mentor admitted. “It took some time for them to get back again to wherever they had been physically, and then to get again into a rhythm.”

So it is pleasing, Trapani claimed, to see this team slowly but surely uncover its footing as the frequent time winds down. And improving to .500, given the conditions, is explanation to smile.

One of the key catalysts has been freshman Gabby Murphy, who has shined in the latest game titles as a scorer and facilitator.

The issue guard experienced 23 points and 6 rebounds to guide Marlboro in a 55-41 earn around New Paltz High University on Tuesday. Hannah Polumbo, a 6-foot-1 center, added 21 details, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

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“It’s a significant motivator for us,” Trapani reported of the group getting to 6-6. “We have a great deal of larger universities in our division, which includes Saugerties and Wallkill, so we have gotta test to maintain our possess in opposition to them and acquire the game titles we can win.”

The Dukes rebound from a heartbreaking decline to Pink Hook previous Friday in which the Raiders erased a 6-stage deficit late in the fourth quarter and eked out a 55-53 gain in additional time.

However, Trapani said, that sport did supply a self-assurance raise, proving to them they can cling with a great crew. Purple Hook for decades has been amid the contenders in Class A. It’s also reason to believe, the mentor ongoing, that Marlboro “can play with anyone” in Class B.

As crucial for them, long time period, is that Murphy has turn out to be a spark plug, attacking the basket and capturing nicely, in addition to distributing and demonstrating herself to be a far better rebounder greater than her 5-foot-6 frame would suggest. Trapani referred to as her “the coronary heart and soul of our offense.”

Polumbo, a sophomore, is enhancing steadily as an within existence on each ends. She has excelled defensively, rebounding and guarding the paint, and she’s getting to be extra assertive on offense, hunting to rating down reduced.

“She attracts a large amount of defenders and has become a excellent power for us within,” Trapani said. “She performs very tough, even exterior the season, learning film and operating with her individual coach. She’s completed all the minimal items to get greater.”

Junior guard Ella Leduc is the only upperclassman in their starting up lineup, and she is a stable contributor on the two finishes. Freshmen Makayla Mueller and Emma Stoebling have been impactful defensively, the mentor explained, notably in enjoying the passing lanes and acquiring deflections or steals.

“I have the optimum of hopes for them,” Trapani claimed. “It’s a fantastic team and they all practice year-round, so they’re likely to boost. I think we’re gonna be a team in the thick of it the next pair years. It’s gonna be a excellent trip.”

Stephen Haynes: [email protected] 845-437-4826 Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

This posting at first appeared on Poughkeepsie Journal: Women basketball: Murphy, Polumbo direct young Marlboro more than New Paltz

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