Katherine Lange is settling in effectively in her new residence.
The Gloucester Catholic sophomore, a resident of Philadelphia, spent his freshman yr at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del., however mentioned the lure of a household surroundings and an opportunity to play for legendary coach Lisa Gedaka introduced him to Gloucester Metropolis.
“I simply assume it is this system that Lisa runs, the system, the legacy and the Gloucester Catholic household as an entire – it is a family-oriented college, an important college and I simply assume if you would like may be coached, if you wish to efficiently study the sport and perceive it, he is an efficient particular person for that,” mentioned Lange, who rapidly obtained used to his new group.
Gedaka is in his thirty fourth season teaching his alma mater and has a profession report of 676-201. She is the winningest feminine basketball coach in South Jersey historical past and is simply six shy of matching former Wildwood coach Dave Troiano because the all-time winningest coach.
His Rams are 5-3 after a 38-26 loss to Cherokee within the Seagull Traditional on Saturday.
Lange is one in every of three program newcomers to affix the beginning lineup, becoming a member of junior Jules DiFebbo, a switch from West Deptford, and freshman Jahzara Inexperienced. They’re joined by a pair of returning seniors – Alayna Taylor-Morrell and Macie Nugent.
By means of eight video games, Lange confirmed a deft capturing contact, averaging just below 10 factors per recreation. He loved his finest efficiency of the younger season in final Thursday’s 50-49 loss to Mainland, scoring a team- and career-high 18 factors.
He scored 14 factors within the first half alone, serving to flip an early deficit right into a one-point halftime lead. He additionally hit a few huge baskets because the Rams made a late run earlier than falling by one level.
Lange led the Rams in 3-pointers with 14.
His scoring prowess runs within the household.
Lange’s mom is Karen Healey-Lange, who’s well-known in South Jersey basketball circles. Healey is arguably the best participant in Washington Township historical past and nonetheless ranks as the college’s main scorer, each girls and boys, with 1,992 profession factors. He was an all-state choice in 1985, his senior yr, and went on to play at Temple.
Sarcastically, Healey and Gedaka, who was a star participant for the Rams within the Eighties, performed in opposition to one another in highschool.
“It is a huge rivalry with us and it is actually cool that (Lange) is right here at the moment,” Gedaka mentioned.
There’s one other connection as effectively.
Lange’s older sister Grace performed faculty basketball at Villanova, the place she was with Gedaka’s daughter, Mary.
Coach Gedaka believes that the youthful Lange has a vivid future.
“He did job,” Gedaka mentioned after the Mainland loss. “He is nonetheless engaged on the place the ball must go, rebounding and protection, however he was superb offensively, particularly within the first half. He’ll get higher. He simply wants time. He did not play a lot final time yr and I do not assume he performed a lot his eighth grade yr. He is like a freshman simply studying, so he is coming alongside.”
Lange is keen to study.
“As a lot as I really like offense, I actually assume I would like to enhance on protection and I hope that may be one in every of my standout classes,” he mentioned. “I need to proceed doing what I really like. Clearly, I need to take it to the school stage sometime and see the place it takes me, however proper now I simply need to win and assist my group win.
Lange is not the one Ram with pedigree.
Inexperienced, a ahead who led his group in scoring and rebounding – he had 15 in opposition to Mainland – early on, is the son of former Woodrow Wilson standout Nailah Wallace, who led the Tigers to their first state championship in 1996.
Gedaka says his group has a variety of room for progress with many new options, and Lange is optimistic. The newcomers be a part of Nugent, the purpose guard, to provide the Rams loads of scoring choices.
“Macie is a good all-around guard,” Lange mentioned. “He is clever, he is a pacesetter, he is aware of what he is doing and he has the IQ for every part. I feel we are the group we’d like – we simply must execute and end. I feel the chemistry between me, Jules (DiFebbo) and Z (Inexperienced) developed rather well from working towards with one another and being with one another at college. Now we have an important household, group or not.”
A yr after reaching the South Jersey Group 3 remaining and being named the South Jersey Instances Crew of the 12 months, Timber Creek is in full rebuilding mode.
The Chargers, a younger group with a brief bench, fell to 3-5 after their 54-31 loss to Center Township on Friday.
Timber Creek graduated seven seniors, together with profession 1,000-point scorer Amaya Burch, who’s now at Detroit Mercy College. As well as, the group’s second main scorer, guard Nal’La Bennett, transferred.
Then the Chargers have been dealt a devastating blow when senior Julianna Coluccio was misplaced for the season with a torn ACL suffered throughout warmups earlier than the group’s second recreation in opposition to Deptford on Dec. 20.
Coluccio is a four-year starter who scored a career-high 14 factors within the season-opener at Timber Creek. He ought to be one of many group’s prime scoring choices this season.
“That actually damage us,” Chargers coach MollyAnne Mild mentioned. “We’re truly so much higher than we have been enjoying, however we have not discovered somebody who brings the vitality that (Coluccio) has. We have discovered a pacesetter in Jess Edwards, who’s our solely senior, however he cannot do every part. We’re on the lookout for that bulldog like Jules who can play every part at his tempo.”
Edwards, who dropped 20 factors in opposition to Mainland and hit a profession excessive 25 in a loss to Camden Catholic earlier within the season, is joined within the beginning rotation by sophomores Nicholle Inexperienced and Asha Grey, and freshmen Jazmine Clemons and Samiyah Puckett.
“We’re making an attempt to compete,” Mild mentioned. “If the rating is adverse, we aren’t anxious about that. We attempt to chip away and compete. They play onerous. The main target is inside and out of doors, however a variety of that’s inexperienced so we have now a variety of studying to do, particularly studying to play at this stage.
Clayton sophomore Rainelle Blocker confirmed her potential as a freshman, however seems to be blossoming right into a bona fide pressure this season.
Blocker scored 188 factors in his rookie yr, however now has 160 by eight video games this season.
He hit double figures in all of Clayton’s video games, averaged a team-high 20 factors per recreation and in addition averaged double figures in rebounding.
Blocker had a major 33-point, 26-rebound explosion in a 48-38 win over Paulsboro on December 27.
The Clippers are 5-3 after Friday’s 38-17 win over Buena and have residence video games in opposition to Salem Tech and Schalick this week. With Blocker main the best way, they’re midway to matching final yr’s season complete of 10 wins, and can search for their first match win since 2017 within the close to future.
END OF THOSE WHO HAVE NO LUTI
Gateway, enjoying with out key piece sophomore middle Molly Sholders the previous two video games, fell from the undefeated standings with a 26-21 loss to GCIT on Saturday. Sholders was injured throughout Gateway’s 38-33 win over Collingswood on Tuesday and will miss a number of video games.
Woodbury is now the one remaining undefeated group within the space.
The loss drops the Gators to 8-1 total, however they’re 5-0 and lead the Colonial Convention Patriot Division. With out Sholders, they survived a scare at residence on Thursday, holding off a late run by Paulsboro to carry on for a 40-38 division win.
Junior guard Angelina Zagone averaged 20 factors per recreation for the Gators, who’re looking for their first convention title this season. They’ve six straight convention crossover video games in opposition to Liberty Division opponents developing, beginning with Monday’s recreation at Haddon Heights. A yr in the past, Gateway went 0-6 in crossover video games, so will probably be a difficult stretch, particularly if Sholders is sidelined.
Woodbury is 8-0 and leads Liberty with a 4-0 mark. The Thundering Herd misplaced a division after going undefeated to the Patriots final season.
NEW COACH SUCCESS
Our Girl of Mercy had its four-game successful streak snapped with a aggressive 51-45 loss to Wildwood Catholic on Thursday. The Villlagers are 4-3 after an 0-2 begin beneath new head coach Brian Coyle.
Junior Madelynn Bernhardt leads a balanced assault, averaging just below 14 factors per recreation.
Senior middle Angelina Dragone helped OLMA win each of its video games on the Boardwalk Traditional throughout the holidays. He had 15 factors and 10 rebounds within the victory in opposition to St. Dominic, and had 10 factors and 12 boards within the win over Newark Tech.
Bridgeton is off to begin beneath new coach Tom Zoyac.
The Bulldogs are 7-3 and gained 4 of 5 earlier than shedding to Wildwood Catholic on Saturday. The lone loss in that five-game stretch was a 42-38 loss to Cedar Creek within the finals of the Pitman Vacation Traditional.
Sophomore Adelina Wilks, a South Jersey Instances all-area choice for soccer within the fall, leads the Bulldog assault. He scored 20 and 26 factors, respectively, in wins over Atlantic Tech and Pitman.
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