Tomahawks energized by big wins
By Steve Smith - Staff Reporter
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
GLASTONBURY - Looking down the stretch, the Glastonbury girls’ basketball team is still taking things one game at a time, but the post-season can’t help but enter the Tomahawks’ peripheral vision, just a little.
After a thrilling victory vs. Manchester last week, 47-43 (the Indians won the previous meeting, and came from a double-digit deficit to tie the Tomahawks with three minutes left in the rematch), coach Bryan Fleming called that game the best win of the season.
“Hands-down,” he said. “It was great just to get over the hurdle of beating Manchester, and that put us right back in the mix for the division.”
Keeping focus has been difficult, through snow cancellations and not being able to get into a rhythm, Fleming said, but the Manchester game “will help the team get where it wants to go.”
Getting back to basics and working on their signature defense is also starting to gel at the right time for the Tomahawks. But, Fleming said the team is not yet at the peak of its game – something which should also come just at the right time, if the offense keeps rolling.
Staring down tough opponents are the five experienced starters – seniors Kaley Watras, Catherine Pinone, Samantha Branning and Cara Manfredi, and junior Liza Otto, but Fleming said the best surprise so far has been the contributions from the bench.
“Our bench has been big,” he said. “For them to be able to come in, play defense, and give players a rest has been really big the last few games.”
“It’s interesting,” Fleming said, adding that his players feed off of nervous energy when facing a tough opponent, adding that the focus is always on the next opponent, but he has to have an eye on long-term goals, as well.
“I’m thinking game-to-game, and they’re thinking game-to-game,” he said, “but I’m also thinking tournament, too. [In] everything we do, I’m trying to prepare them for the second season.”