Farmington girls hoop looks to repeat

The Farmington High School Girls Basketball team has set the bar high for the 2013-2014 season.

Last season the Indians won the Class L State Championship, the first in school history, beating Bacon Academy 49-44 in the final.  Farmington finished last season with a record of 22-5 and added a regular season CCC-West championship to the list of season achievements.

Despite some key losses from last season’s squad, head coach Russ Crist, in his eighth year at Farmington, expects his team to contend again this year in both the division and state tournament.

Leading the charge will be junior Sophie Borg, an All-CCC West selection who averaged 11 ppg and 4.3 rpg last year.

The Indians can also expect production from seniors Courtney Hofer (10 ppg, 11.3 rpg), Bridget Kelly (6.6 ppg, 4 rpg), and Brittany Galske, sophomore Cheray Saunders (9.3 ppg, 3.3 steals/game), and freshman Mary Schoenherr.

Avon

If the Falcons can stay healthy this year, expect them to make some noise around tournament time.  Last season, Avon was 15-1 in the regular season and tied for first place in the NCCC, but went 2-1 in the NCCC tournament and lost in the first round of the state tournament.

The Falcons were plagued by key injuries last season, including two coming in the NCCC tournament.  Head coach Frank Waters, in his seventeenth season at Avon with an impressive record of 324-76, expects that his team will be ready for the 2013-2014 season.

Leading the Falcons will be All-State and All-NCCC senior point guard Anna Schrecengost (14ppg, 5rpg, 5 assists), All-NCCC sophomore center Abby Laszewski (11ppg, 8rpg, 2 blocks), and junior guard Michaela Marcus (10ppg, 3 steals).  Both Schrecengost and Laszewski will be returning from injuries.

The Falcons lost forward Colleen Norton, but will return a talented squad rich with varsity experience.  Waters believes that if his Falcons stay healthy, Avon will be a contender in both the NCCC and state tournament.

Canton

Brian Medeiros takes over as head coach for a talented Canton Warriors team.  Last season Canton finished 12-12 overall and 10-10 in an extremely competitive NCCC, a league that had ten teams qualify for the state tournament.

Medeiros expects his team to build off of last season and finish in the top four of the NCCC in 2013-2014.  Canton would also like to make noise in the state tournament this season.  Last year’s Warrior team made the Class S state tournament as an eighteen seed but fell in round one to Coventry.  Leading the way for Canton this year will be seniors Erin Detorie and Alex Martin, junior Gabby Rose, and sophomore Maggie Treacy.

In addition to a core group of juniors and seniors, Canton will also welcome freshman Emily Briggs to the team.  Although the NCCC is tough once again this season, Canton should be among the teams to beat in 2013-2014.

Simsbury

The Simsbury Trojans have a new coach and a young look, but they hope to have their first winning season in over eight years.  Head coach Sam Zullo in his first year at Simsbury inherits a Trojans team that finished 6-14 last season and did not reach the state tournament.

Although Simsbury will start a freshman at point guard, senior Allie Davis will provide excellent varsity experience for this young Trojan team.  Davis, a senior, will reach the 1,000 point mark this year.

Last year she averaged 18ppg and 12rpg for the Trojans.  Joining Davis will be guard Caroline Murphy (6ppg) and center Katie Martensen (6ppg, 7rpg).  Zullo’s team has talent, but may lack experience and depth.  Look for Simsbury to improve throughout the course of the season as their younger players adjust to playing at the varsity level.

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