Rice said the team's focus right now is on working hard to keep improving every day at practice.
“We’re a work in progress right now,” Rice said. “It’s really too early in the season to tell exactly how we’re going to do. But it’s definitely a work in progress.”
Fenway has nearly all of its players returning from last year, except former captain Tajanay Veiga-Lee, who played an integral part in last season's championship. Veiga-Lee was a four-time Boston City-League All-Star.
“Tajanay was a two-time All-Scholastic, so it’ll be interesting to see how the other returning players step up to the challenge this season,” Rice said. “But we also have everybody else back from last season.”
In his third season, Rice has already made a tremendous impact at Fenway. In his first two seasons, he captured state championships.
Last season Fenway led a competitive City League North Division in scoring with a 47 points-per-game average.
Fenway is 3-0, 2-0 in Boston City League play this season. Fenway lost to Newton North, 46-27, in the Keith Nance Invitational tournament, but it isn’t counted toward the overall standings.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Rice said. “Our schedule has us playing a lot of competitive teams.”
Fenway finished third in the City League North Division, behind South Boston and Latin Academy.
Other notable teams to watch in city girls’ basketball this winter include O’Bryant, New Mission and Boston English, three teams that are well coached and consistently competitive.
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