Posted: 3:53 pm Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

King’s Academy hanging tough with short roster 

By Post Staff

The difference was staggering between the length of King’s Academy’s roster compared to that of American Heritage’s when the two played on Friday. American Heritage’s 15 girls could barely fit in the scorebook, while the Lions were carrying a modest six and hoping no one got into foul trouble.

The strength of the the Lions (11-7) comes from Brooke Garmon (20 ppg) and Christina Alessi, (14 ppg, 15 rpg, 6 bpg) but the rest of the team has been playing catchup for most of the season. King’s Academy coach Richie Leber said it was after the last time the Lions played American Heritage, a 63-28 loss on December 8, that they turned the corner.

“We have two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup and the first time we played them, they’d never seen that speed of the game and this time around they’ve seen it now four or five times and we’ve pretty much loaded our schedule with teams like that, not really preparing for that, but preparing for the Parkways of the world,” Leber said. “We’ve played Clearwater and Jupiter, teams that are more athletic than we are and like the full court press.”

Even though the Lions were disappointed in Friday’s loss, the fact that the rematch was so close – a 51-48 loss – showed they had made a lot of progress in a month. The two are likely to meet again in the district tournament as they are in the southern sub-division of 13-2A, which is an eight-team district that includes Benjamin, Glades Day, John Carroll, Jupiter Christian, Pope John Paul II, and St. Edward’s.