Trinity Catholic's Taina Malary came just short of her own state record of rebounds in a single game (40) with 36 in her team's season-opener, a 54-30 win over Nazareth.
"We can compete with anybody as long as she's on the floor," said Falcons coach Peter Scafidi.
The senior captain carried her team with 12 blocks, 10 points, seven assists, and six steals. The two-year varsity starter’s rebound stats tied for the eighth highest total in the country, according to Scafidi.
"She wants the ball more than anyone else. She will block a shot and grab the rebound herself just like Bill Russell," Scafidi said. "She has great timing, waits for ball to be released by the shooter, taps it, and grabs it herself and bang."
The 5-9 center has 830 career rebounds with a concrete chance of approaching 1000, said Scafidi.
Malary led the Falcons to a 10-10 finish last year, averaging 23.7 rebounds per game en route to Trinity Catholic's first appearance in the state tournament after an eight-year gap.
"She's not the biggest kid, but she wants the ball more than anyone else on the court," Scafidi said. “We don’t win a game without her.”
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