SPOTLIGHT

Collingswood to duel with West Deptford

As the top two teams in the Colonial Conference, Collingswood and West Deptford should share the spotlight this basketball season.

Guard/forwards Lauren Gregg and the Crites twins, Brielle and Aja, seniors all, are key to Collingswood's success.

Similarly, West Deptford's Jenna Lindsay and Marlee Schramm are expected to play key roles in the Eagles' hardwood plan.

The Crites twins, both 5-foot-9, averaged eight points per game last season. Aja Crites pulled down seven rebounds per contest.

Gregg has signed with Rider University, allowing her to devote her compete attention to the Panthers' team goals. The 5-11 swing player averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game last season, leading the Panthers to a 17-10 record.

West Deptford's Lindsay and Schramm, both seniors, have been pounding the pavement and burning up cell-phone batteries in an effort to determine which college they will play for - and their college sport won't be basketball.

A shooting guard who averaged 13 points and three assists a game last season, Lindsay was recently named a first-team all-South Jersey soccer midfielder. Schramm, a point guard who averaged 10 points and four assists, was named an all-South Jersey field hockey midfielder.

Schramm missed the first basketball scrimmage while participating in the National Field Hockey tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.

Schramm and Lindsay then missed the third scrimmage during weekend visits to Villanova and West Chester, respectively.

West Deptford coach Jackie Trakimas would rather have both players on the floor. The duo and junior forward Audrey Weatherby are the only returning starters.

Lindsay and Schramm, who say they want the basketball team to make the playoffs this year for the first time in four years, are appreciative of their coach's consideration. And although they might miss time on the court early on, they seem confident everything will work out.

"I don't think that it [missing practice] is affecting the team, because it doesn't play on how I practice," Schramm said. "I'm focused on basketball when I go to practice.

"I see a competitive team this year."

Contact staff writer Bill Iezzi at 856-779-3826 or biezzi@phillynews.com.