Triglia Assumes Leadership Role For Bishop Kearney
It has been three years since head coach Cathy Crockett’ led Bishop Kearney to the New York State Class C Federation Title. A freshman at the time, Kristina Triglia fondly remembers that senior laden team and the impact it made on her.
“I knew it was going to be hard to make the team,” Triglia, who is the only four year player on the team, said. “I don’t think it was my actual game that made the team but when I tried out I worked really hard because I wanted to be there.”
Though she did not get much game experience on the floor, Triglia learned valuable traits about how a team can be successful on and off the court.
“I didn’t think about playing time. Playing as a freshman in the varsity made me better not just as a basketball player but as a person in general,” says Triglia.
Three years later, Crockett named her the captain of the team and Triglia was ready to assume that mantle.
“Katelyn Lawler and Kate O’ Callaghan were the captains (2001-2002). I looked up to them and I try to be like them now that I am a senior,” Triglia said.
There has been added pressure for her now that she has been switched from guard to power forward. At 5’7, Triglia is not your typical bruiser inside but she knows it was important to help the team win.
With a 12-10 record and heading for the playoffs, Triglia and Crockett knew the switch would be beneficial to the entire team.
“She has adjusted to the position very well. I needed an experienced player,” Crockett said. “She works hard in getting rebounds (7 per game) and a lot of the plays go through her.”
“I play the four because we got three guards. I knew it would be a big change but I did it for the team. I know when I don’t get the rebound, I feel like we don’t do as well. It’s my job,” Triglia said.
At Senior Night last Tuesday at Bishop Kearney, Triglia reminded her fellow departing seniors Parker Griffen, Anna Buzzetta, Barbara Rudloff and Kelly Furlong of the urgency to win it all this year.
They all heard the message loud and clear. The Tigers raced to a 22-4 lead due to the play of the seniors and won 64-58 over St. Joseph Hill.
“As a team we don’t worry about offense. We worry about defense because we figure our offense comes from our defense,” Triglia says. “We play a transitional game, push the ball up, (we’re) aggressive and rebound the ball.”
With important wins over divisional rivals St. Francis Prep and Bishop Loughlin, Triglia feels that this team has formed a special bond as they head to the playoffs. The 2001-2002 team had that similar feeling she says that earned them the Federation title.
“The girls are friendly with each other. We come together and we know we have a chance,” according to Triglia. “I know how it’s like to be there (state title). It’s not going to be easy to get there but if we do make it, it would be awesome.”