Injuries are an inevitable part of any sports program, but they have struck the Haddon Township girls' basketball team way too early, as far as Hawks' coach Tom Mulligan is concerned.
"Two of our top kids are injured," Mulligan said.
Point guard Liz Gerche sprained her foot in a scrimmage; junior forward Mattie McComb suffered a shoulder injury in October.
McComb might be back for the Colonial Conference season opener for both teams tonight at Paulsboro.
Junior Aspen Price Perry, a guard who was a key part of Lindenwold's offense last season, transferred to Living Faith Christian Academy.
"Perry averaged 16 to 18 points a game," a disappointed Lions coach Mike Kouser said.
Kouser has taken over Lindenwold's program from Angela Scott, who left the Lions with three returning starters in junior guard Shayla Banks and twins Adrian and Andrea Thompson, both 5-foot-10 senior forwards.
John Senft has taken over the Haddon Heights program from Kenny Hamburger. Senft inherited a team with one player with a varsity letter: Caitlin Setter, a senior point guard. The top six players graduated.
Emily Grabiak is a 10th grader who made an impact on Haddonfield's basketball team as a freshman. She averaged eight points, four assists and four steals a game. But that was not unexpected of the three-sport athlete who Haddonfield coach Terry Mancini calls "a gym rat."
Grabiak, who runs track, was a member of the Bulldogs' soccer team that won the NJSIAA Group 2 state championship.
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Collingswood's Lauren Gregg and the Crites sisters, Brielle and Aja, all of whom are seniors, have played together since the seventh grade.
The Panthers' three standouts have started each of the last three seasons and are following in the footsteps of their idols, Haley Crites, the twins' older sister, and Ashlee Feldman, former Collingswood standouts who are playing college basketball. (Haley Crites is at Lehigh, Feldman at Northeastern.)