Friday November 16, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Devon Spirka and Tarryn Bolognani are both good about sharing the basketball, as Spirka had 35 assists for Holy Family University last season and "T-Bo" finished with 44 dimes as a junior at Castleton State College.

Spirka dishing to Bolognani is something that Twin Valley fans have seen plenty of, but who knows if the former will be as giving when it comes to scouting reports.

Spirka, who transferred to Nichols College, will be the starting point guard when the Lady Bison open up on Saturday against Lyndon State -- the same team that Bolognani’s Spartans will welcome on Jan. 8.

Not that "T-Bo" and company need much help, as the CSC Spartans won a school-record 22 games last season. They will debut tonight at 7:30 against Sage in the Westfield State Tip-Off Tournament.

"We have a talented nucleus of returning players," said Castleton head coach Tim Barrett. "With their experience and our strong incoming group, we should once again contend for the NAC Championship."

Bolognani, a 5-7 guard from Whitingham, had a team-high 49 steals a year ago. She was fourth on her team at 9.4 points per game, to go along with 44 assists and 135 rebounds.

Four of the top five scorers have returned for Nichols College, which went 6-20 last season. Spirka, who joins Twin Valley graduate Kylie-blu Crawford on the Lady Bison team, will likely be looking for seniors Hayley Zophin and Kristina Lindgren.

Spirka, of Wilmington, transferred to the school in Dudley, Mass., after two years on the court for Holy Family. The 5-7 playmaker scored 58 points, dished out 35 assists and grabbed 52 boards in her second season with the Tigers.

Her and Crawford may want to take notes during Saturday’s 2 p.m. home opener versus Lyndon State College, just in case "T-Bo" calls them up for a little inside info before her Jan. 8 meeting with the in-state rivals.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.