Bacon women holding on tight to first place

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Feb. 7, 2011
Bacon's Sarah Rogers drives for the basket. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Bacon's Sarah Rogers drives for the basket. Photos by Melanie Savage.

As of press time earlier this week, the Bacon High School girls’ basketball team remained undefeated for the 2010/11 season. On Feb. 4, they handily beat Killingly for the second time, with a final score of 77-33. Their next three games were against Montville, New London and Stonington, all of whom they’ve beaten once already this year. Two out of three wins for those games will earn them the division championship. “That would be pretty cool,” said senior Katie Mahoney.

After that, the Bobcats will face Waterford and Avon to finish up their regular season. Avon will likely pose the biggest threat. At press time they were trailing first-place Bacon in the fifth position for Division L, with a 14-2 record.

It’s looking good for Bacon, a team that would love to see a repeat performance of the 2008-09 season, when they captured the Division M championship. But they’re not taking anything for granted, and are focusing on just one game at a time. One of head coach Dave Shea’s favorite sayings is, “If you  turn around and pat yourself on the back, you’ll miss the punch coming at your nose.”

One of the keys to success will be staying healthy, according to Shea. Last year, key player Katie Mahoney (who happens to be Shea’s granddaughter) was out with a torn ACL. The Bobcats, with a 19-1 record for the season, were knocked out during the first round post-season. “If we play well and play good defense, and keep people healthy, we should be in pretty good shape,” said Shea.


Coach’s Corner

Bacon Academy Girls' Basketball Head Coach Dave Shea

This is Shea’s 17th year as the head coach of the Bacon Academy girls’ basketball team. Previously he coached the boys, and boasts an overall 41 years as basketball head coach. The team’s home gym is named after Shea.

Seniors: Katie Mahoney, Sarah Straker, Sam Byrne and Kelly Dixon.


Spotlight players

Senior Katie Mahoney is currently the second all-time scorer in girls’ basketball for Bacon. Mahoney hasn’t yet chosen a college, but would like to play basketball wherever she goes.

Senior Sarah Straker led the Eastern Connecticut Conference in three-point conversions last year, averaging 14 to 15 points per game. Straker also plays lacrosse. She plans to attend Eastern, and is currently talking to the basketball coach there.

Senior Kelly Dixon also participates in outdoor track and volleyball for Bacon. She plans to attend St. Michaels College in Vermont, where she will play basketball.

Senior Sam Byrne (not pictured) was on a field trip during the game against Killingly. According to her teammates, she is looking at UConn and Temple University for the fall.

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