Junior varsity Johnsonburg Ramette basketball celebrates season with banquet

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Ramettes junior varsity team was honored with a banquet Monday night at Johnsonburg Area High School. The team finished the season with a 17-5 record with three of those losses coming to Elk County Catholic. The other two losses were to St. Marys and Cameron County. “I’m proud of them, 17-5 is pretty good,” Johnsonburg junior varsity coach Melissa Myers said. “We beat Brockway and going into it, they had no idea Brockway was undefeated.”Myers expressed her appreciation to varsity head coach Mike Zilkofski for having her be an assistant and the JV coach along with Sue Grumley, Becca Myers and Becky Boylan for assisting with the team. She also took a moment to express her appreciation to her own family. “I’m up here quite a bit,” Myers said. “If it wasn’t for them letting me have the time with the girls, it wouldn’t work. I’m dedicated to my family. If my family OKs it, it’ll work.”Myers then introduced the members of the team. She started with Brianna Cardoni. Cardoni finished with 43 points and had 49 total rebounds. “If I could have every girl with her attitude, I would love it,” Myers said. “She just brings so much joy. If I have to correct something, she’s OK with that.” Myers said she was impressed with the defensive play from Taylor Wolfe. She finished with 32 steals and 48 points. “Taylor was a good defensive player,” Myers said. “Towards the end of the season, the opposing point guard couldn’t get away from her.”McKenna Rowles was the team’s point guard this season. She finished with 55 points and 49 assists. “She’d never give me any trouble,” Myers said. “She has an aggressive attitude on the court.”Myers said Ashley Imbrogno had a good season with her competitiveness. She finished with 172 points and 111 defensive rebounds. “She did well for her freshman year. She’s a very competitive girl,” Myers said. “If you got to see her play, she can rebound, she can make shots, she can play defense, she can do all that. She has that natural ability for an athlete.”Kathryn Polaski finished with 152 points and 13 3-pointers. “She played defense for us,” Myers said. “She’s a real good player. She had 39 offensive rebounds.”Myers relied on the leadership of Kassa Kocjancic to help mentor the younger players. Kocjancic had 186 points and 136 defensive rebounds. “She worked well with the freshmen,” Myers said. “She played underneath and rebounded well for me.”Another player looked to for leadership was Lydia Hefright. Hefright finished with 46 points and 75 rebounds. “Some of the younger girls I felt needed to look up to Lydia because she had played already and she knew what it was like to be under the basket,” Myers said. “The girls fed off that. It helped the JV and the other girls with her there.”