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January 7, 2013

The sophomore

Whitter’s four top returning scorers from last year’s 16-9 squad are all sophomores and that fact alone should tell you that this team has the potential to win more than one Division 4 North title in the next few tourneys.

“Coach (Kevin Bradley) was talking about winning our (CAC) division title,” sophomore guard Kayla Riley said. “We won it last year, and he thinks we have the potential to win it all four years together.”

Not to put any extra pressure on this team, but with a talented sophomore group that includes Riley, Andrea Terranova, Michaela Martin and Samnell Vonleh, these Wildcats (6-1) should even start to think about a possible appearance in the state title game in the next couple of years.

Martin, the sister of the former three-time Eagle-Tribune basketball All-Star, leads the four sensational sophomores in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game, an increase from 4.5 ppg last year.

Terranova is the second leading scorer, averaging 10.9 ppg, up from 7.7 ppg as a freshman. Riley has averaged 9.1 ppg, up from 7.2 ppg last year. Vonleh, the sister of Indiana University-bound star Noah Vonleh, is averaging 8.7 ppg, an increase from 6.0 ppg last year.

And the girls play defense well, too.

“My sister was a really good offensive player, but I like defense a lot better,” said Martin, a pesky defender at guard who had five steals against Greater Lawrence recently.

The 6-4 Vonleh, meanwhile, is one of the area’s top shot blockers. She blocked 15 shots in Whittier’s only loss, which was to Brockton, and posted 13 blocks in a win over Wayland.

Bradley calls his three best shot blockers — Vonleh, 6-0 foot senior Josie Sanchez and 5-11 sophomore Dominique Ortiz — the SWAT team.

“They are really aggressive most of the time,” Riley said about the trio.

Riley actually made four blocks herself in a win over Notre Dame last Wednesday, making her wonder if she would be named to the SWAT team, said Bradley who made Riley an honorary member for the day.

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