Girls basketball looks to replace key talent

The Tomahawks girls basketball team may have lost a bulk of their starting core, but they gained a new coach who believes that Glastonbury still has enough talent to be competitive once again this season.

Kate Susat will have a lot of work to do in her first season as Glastonbury’s head coach to keep the Tomahawks program competitive in Class LL.

The Tomahawks finished last season 24-3 and 16-2 in the CCC led by Courtney Latham, who now plays at Boston University. Glastonbury would go on to win the CCC Tournament, and earn a four-seed in the Class LL State Tournament. In the tournament, the Tomahawks advanced to the semifinals with wins over Fairfield-Warde, Norwich Free Academy, and South Windsor, before falling to eventual State Champions Mercy in an exciting 46-43 game.

A win over Mercy would have sent the Tomahawks to the State finals for the first time since 1992, a time before any of the Tomahawk players were even born.

Returning for Glastonbury in 2013-2014 are seniors Briana Brown (guard), Lauren Patton (forward), Gabriella Dombek (forward), Jennifer Hogan (guard), and Kerstan Mahland (forward).

Although the Tomahawks will return only one starter, Glastonbury has plenty of players returning with varsity experience.

Susat does not expect the lack of returning starters to be an issue for the Tomahawks this season. Size may be an issue for Glastonbury, but this team should make up for that with athleticism and talent.

Susat, although in her first season as Glastonbury’s head coach, has no expectations that the transition to a new coach will slow this Tomahwaks team down. In addition to challenging for the CCC regular season title, Susat expects her team to make the CCC tournament and make a deep run in the 2014 Class LL State Tournament.

The bar has been set high for the Tomahwaks, but their eyes are set on a prize that is not unrealistic for this talented group.

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