Ellis Tech girls outpace Holy Family
By Denise Coffey
Killingly - posted Tue., Jan. 25, 2011
With “All I do is Win” booming through the gymnasium, The Ellis Tech Golden Eagles girls basketball team went through warm ups prior to the 1/19/11 game with the Holy Family Academy. The Eagles had played Holy Family, a school with a student population of 60, early in the season and won handily. “But they’ve got a player back and this game will be harder,” said coach John Murdock.
Murdock is pleased with the way his team has overcome adversity this season. He credits his co-captains, seniors Sarah Brodeur and Faith Lizee with working together to keep the team on track. “One leads by example. One is a goofball. They coincide great together,” he said.
He has nothing but praise for Brodeur. “She’s quick. She has good hands. She’s a four-year starter and is on the national honor society. She’s an all around student athlete, a great role model. Last year, as a junior, she was selected on the CSC all-league second team. ”
Two freshman players start this year: sisters Rachel and Samantha Vitale. Senior captains Brodeur and Lizee, with junior Jordan Garrett, round out the starting five. He will be losing four seniors to graduation, but has six freshmen already on the team. “We’ll have some good personnel to build next year’s team on,” he said.
Before the game started, Holy Family’s coach Dan Nagle promised his girls it was going to be a very physical game. It was. The Eagles showed no mercy. With only 4:04 left in the first quarter, the Eagles led 16 – 0. Holy Family didn’t score until there was 2:44 left in the first quarter. At the end of the second quarter, Ellis Tech led 22 – 4. The Eagles went up 40 – 9 at the half. The final score was 66 – 33. The Eagles beat out the Saints in shots, free throws and rebounds. They dominated in every facet of the game, save one. As the game’s final seconds were counting down, Holy Family’s Kelsey Wilson brought the ball up. She played, as did all the Holy Family team, as if they would never give up.
Murdock began his coaching career at Ellis Tech in ’04, the same year he graduated from the school. “At first it was challenging, with the age difference,” he said. He was named head coach the next year. That first year the team made it to the states. They made it to the states in his second year coaching, as well. “We haven’t had fewer than six wins per season since I started,” he said.
Faith is a three-year starter. Her season averages are 13.5 points a game (81 points total), 2 blocks a game (12 blocks total), 8.2 rebounds a game (49 total) and she is a 65 percent free throw shooter. At 5”10’ she plays tough at both ends of the court.
Sarah is a four-year starter. This season she is averaging 18.3 points a game (110 points. total), 7.5 steals a game (45 steals total), 7.8 rebounds a game (47 rebounds. total) and shooting a 57 percent field goal percentage. Her favorite women’s basketball player is Lindsay Whalen, who plays with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.