Putnam girls' basketball team going strong
By Denise Coffey
Putnam - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
The members of the Putnam High School girls’ basketball team added another win to their 9-2 season record, when they beat the Cheney Tech Beavers on Jan. 25.
The Clippers have had to work around a lot of injuries. Senior small forward Molly Mckenzie is out for the season, due to a soccer. injury, and the team suffered another setback a few weeks ago when Christie Austin broke a bone in her foot. She will be out for the season, as well.
“We play small,” said coach Willie Bousquet said. “Look at the size of the other team. They [Clippers] have to really play hard to succeed. So I give them credit.”
The Clippers were the first to score in a slow moving quarter that ended in a 5-5 tie. Putnam steadily increased its lead in the second quarter and led 14-9 by halftime.
Putnam struggled to defend against Cheney players in the third quarter, and both teams picked up the pace in the fourth quarter. Ashley Espinosa and Erin Konicki led the charge, as the Clippers outscored the Beavers 12-4 in the final quarter.
“They were quick,” said senior guard Erin Konicki, after the game. “Number 1 and 3 got by us every time.”
Ashley Espinosa and Erin Konicki were high scorers for Putnam with 10 and 9 points respectively.
“So far, so good. We’ve got two major injuries to start the season..so we’ve been hanging on. They play a lot harder than their height, so I’m really impressed by how they battle, especially when kids are five to six inches taller than them.”
Regan Guillot: Senior
“Regan Guillot is one of the Clippers’ most experienced players. She is a mainstay on a team that has suffered its share of injuries this season,” said coach Bousquet. He has high praise for Guillot and Erin Konicki. “They’ve been on the floor for three years for me. They’ve been playing a lot of minutes,” he said.
Erin Konicki: Senior
“Erin Konicki was selected to the All-Academic and All-Tourney teams in the Citizen’s National Bank Clipper Classic in December 2010,” said the coach. “Erin and Regan, those two have formed a terrific backcourt for us,” said Bousquet.