Abington Heights senior Breanna Toro considers her Lady Comets teammates her second family. She’s been playing on the court with many of them since before she learned cursive writing.
Toro began playing basketball in the first grade and instantly fell in love. She said her favorite aspects of the sport are, “the intensity of the game and teamwork between each and every player.”
As one of three team captains for the Lady Comets, Toro believes developing friendships with her teammates gives them strength.
“It’s important to get to know each other on and off the court, then you play together so much better,” she said. According to Toro, the girls on the team regularly get together for pasta dinners or go bowling to instill the value of team bonding.
Her teammates Caitie and Maura Nealon also push Toro to do her best for the team. “We always put our heads together and make sure we can do everything we can for the younger girls to help them out,” she said.
Toro also said she likes that basketball is a challenging sport. She said she gains new skills every day, especially when motivated by Head Coach Vince Bucciarelli.
“He’s always been pushing me to see how much better I can do because he always believed in me. He believes in every player on the team and pushes us to make sure we do our best,” said Toro.
Bucciarelli said Toro is one of his most dedicated and talented players.
“I feel she is one of the best defensive players in the league,” he said. Bucciarelli added Toro’s instincts and willingness to help her fellow teammates improves her game.
Toro agreed defense is her greatest strength and playing forward center is her favorite. “We have great shooters on the team so I do everything I can to block and get steals,” she said.
Toro said the Lady Comets aim for small goals such as a 70 percent free throws in order to attain larger goals overall.
Yet, for Toro, the ultimate goal is for everyone to feel like they’re a part of the team.
“It matters how much of a family we are,” she said. “I look at them like family.”
As a senior, Toro is looking forward to college after graduation and hopes to continue playing basketball.
“I can’t give it up,” she said.
Toro and the Lady Comets will travel to face the Delaware Valley Warriors on Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm.