It’s hard to imagine a team better than the 2006 Lady Travellers. The team finished last season with a 12-2 record, and recorded three straight playoff wins to clinch the championship title in the Washington Area Military Athletic Conference.
This year, they’re even better. A balance of returning veterans and new talent is strengthened with Marvin Michael’s second year as head coach.
The team matched their wins from the previous season, but allowed no losses for the year (12-0).
The Lady Travellers had their share of misfortune, though – most significant were injuries to Deia Washington and Jenille Clay – but remained throughout the season as the team to beat in the WAMAC. Michael credits their success to talent up and down the roster.
“We’ve been blessed to have the outstanding shooting of two newcomers – Crista Henderson (scored 37 points against Fort Myer) and Niki Lee (scored a game high 16 points against Dover Air Force Base), but also our returning players – Jenille Clay (scored a game high 29 points against Camp Lejuene) and Joy Roberson (averages 15-20 points per game),” said Michael. “The outstanding rebounding of Tish Henderson adds strength to our defense every time she’s on the court.”
Michael also noted the addition of Jenai Griffin and Wilantha Silva to the team late this season – both players contributing to the team’s defense when called upon.
The team hosted the All Navy squad in two exhibition games in March, going 1-1, and benefiting from the extra practice before the playoffs.
“Those games allowed us to enhance the things that have gotten us this far,” said Michael.
With home court advantage, the Fort Lee women’s team are looking to repeat last year’s success at MacLaughlin Fitness Center, April 14-15, 9:45 a.m. opening ceremony.
The Lady Travellers will play 3 p.m. against the winner of the Fort Myer-Dover match, 11 a.m.
Prior to their contest, the Lady Travellers will receive the 2007 WAMAC league trophies in recognition of their undefeated season.
“I think this year’s WAMAC schedule was very challenging,” said Michael. “The Fort Lee Lady Travellers played hard each and every game, and I think those who come to watch the playoffs will see that. As always, I’d like to thank all our supporters this season for making this another great year.”