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Fulton girls basketball grateful for hard work of five seniors

Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.
Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team won 10 games during the 2012-13 season.

The team’s 10th win was perhaps the memorable of all. Encouraged by a packed gym of red and green clad supporters, the Lady Raiders held off New Hartford in the first round of Section III Class A playoffs.

Fulton’s five seniors played a key role in their success this season.

Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien left their mark on Fulton Girls Basketball, according to Coach Derek Lyons.

The seniors taught their younger teammates about working hard and being a good teammate, the coach noted.

“The seniors were always very good teammate’s whether on the bench or on the floor,” Lyons said.

As his five seniors move on to the next phases of their lives, Lyons hopes they do so knowing how to be effective in a group setting.

He also hopes that they depart Fulton with the desire to work hard for anything they want in life.

Lyons pointed out that his message is further implemented by the hard work his team put into qualifying for sectional play and winning a playoff game at home.

With their many years of hard work culminating with the success they were apart of this season, Lyons is grateful that his five seniors helped raise the bar for Fulton girls basketball.

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Seniors to lead Fulton girls basketball team this season

Fulton girlsby Rob Tetro

When Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons speaks of the goals his team has for the upcoming season, he breaks them down into three categories.

First, the coach hopes that the Lady Raiders understand the importance of performing at a high level in every aspect of their practices.

Once they reach a certain level of effort in practice, their next goal is to reach even higher levels of effort during the next practice.

Lyons’ team is preparing to translate determination in practice into successful outcomes in games with the ultimate goal of qualifying for sectional play.

Fulton will feature a combination of experienced players and newer players. The Lady Raiders will be led by five seniors who return from last year’s team.

Michelle Gorea, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Sydney Plato and Cheyenne Brien return with multiple years of varsity experience under their belts.

Sophomores Michaela Whiteman and Taylor Duda and eighth grader Nichole Hansen are preparing to make their debuts at the varsity level.

According to Lyons, his players also understand the importance of maintaining solid physical conditioning.

Lyons considers his five returning seniors to be informal captains. He will expect them to serve as leadership figures especially for the three newcomers to the team.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397