Saturday, 28 November 2015, 2:09 pm

Knights’ women’s basketball team eyes playoffs

Heather McKay waits for the offence to get set up, during an exhibition on Jan. 21 against Erie Community College. Photo By Ethan FaheyBy ETHAN FAHEY
Staff Writer
The Niagara College women’s basketball team is playoff bound.
Strong early-season play helped the team achieve this success.
“We are currently 8-4 and looking forward to a positive playoff run,” said head coach Michael Beccaria. It is one of the best starts in the college’s history for the women’s basketball team.
Beccaria was hired as the head coach of the women’s basketball program last May. He had a successful off-season recruiting talented players to add to the already well-equipped team.
Hayley Tamo was added first last June. Tamo, the Mississauga native, attended John Fraser Secondary School and most recently played for the Mississauga Monarchs club team. She can play both shooting guard and small forward.
Next to be recruited was Mary Ingribelli from St. Catharines. Ingribelli attended Governor Simcoe Secondary School and played for the Niagara Falls Red Raiders. Despite receiving United States-based scholarship offers for rowing, she decided to do the same as her brother and father and attend Niagara College.
Alyssa McCabe joined the team in July of last year. McCabe, from Niagara Falls, attended high school at A.N. Meyer and played for the Niagara Falls Red Raiders. She most recently played for the Brock University Badgers.
Also joining the team during the off-season was Tara Giallonardo from Fonthill. She is an “accomplished guard that can pass, score, rebound and defend just about any position.”
 Giallonardo played four seasons with the Brock Badgers, earning an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) bronze medal and was named a member of the OUA All-Rookie team.
The last addition was Katie Beaucock of St. Catharines. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo. She has the ability to play both the guard and small forward, and will bring experience to the team.
Beccaria spreads out the credit for the team’s success this season saying all of the players contribute key roles.
Leading scorer Tara Giallonardo and leader in assists, Alyssa McCabe, help the team put up the points they need to win games.
Miranda Ross is the leading rebounder, and along with Shelby Johnston provides “outstanding defence,” said Beccaria.
“Katie Beaucock gives us veteran leadership off the bench and new players Heather McKay, Ingribelli, Anna Jawrowicz and Tamo provide excellent support. As does veteran Kaitlyn McPherson.”
The team has six regular season games remaining until Feb. 14. Their next game is Jan. 25 at Fanshawe College in London at 6 p.m.
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