The Mathews High School girls’ basketball season got underway Monday night as the Lady Blue Devils traveled to Northumberland.
Despite jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter, Mathews couldn’t find the basket in the second half and dropped the contest 52-28.
This season will be the debut for a new varsity coach as Tommy Eriksen and assistant Lawrence Ambrose moved to the varsity girls after five years of coaching the junior varsity program. Tom Spadaccini is also assisting the Lady Blue Devils.
Lady Devils will be young as their five graduates were key players. “While we lost a lot of points and rebounds from last year’s team, this is by far the deepest group I have ever coached,” Eriksen said. “Most of the time we will substitute five players at a time with no drop-off in expectations.”
Although a good problem to have for MHS, Mathews girls’ basketball seems to always suffer from post-season activity of their fall sports programs. “Our volleyball team made a run through the regional tournament and cross country ran in the state finals competition,” Eriksen said. “Seven of our varsity players were involved with these sports, although only missing one week of practice, they did miss three months of fall conditioning. We have a lot of ground to make up against a tough schedule to begin the year.”