RHAM girls' basketball puts up a good fight against tough E.O. Smith

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Sun., Feb. 13, 2011
RHAM's Abby Fromme looks for an opportunity. Photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM's Abby Fromme looks for an opportunity. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The RHAM High School girls’ basketball team went into a rescheduled Feb. 12 game against E.O. Smith with a 12-4 record, ranked number eight in a very competitive Division “L.”

“I think the snow days are killing us,” said head coach Tim Guernsey. “We were in a groove and then we had a bunch of days off.” Besides the snow days experienced by most districts in the region, RHAM was shut down for an additional few days while contractors cleared the roof of snow. The team was forced to reschedule several games and practices as a result.

But despite the disruption to their momentum, the RHAM women put up a tough fight against Smith, which entered the meeting with a 17-1 record, ranked number two in Division “L.”

A common sight was Audra Ayotte charging full-throttle toward the RHAM basket. “Audra has been very consistent for us all season,” said Guernsey. Also consistent have been sophomore Cameron Rishell and senior Abby Fromme. “We’ve had a lot of players put in a consistent effort this year,” said Guernsey. Freshman forward Sarah Veilleux turned out to be a standout contributor. “She rebounds for us well. She shoots the ball. She’s an offensive threat,” said Guernsey. “She still needs to become a little bit mentally tougher.”

RHAM put in a consistent effort against Smith throughout the game, but during the second half, they just couldn’t seem to get their shots to drop. Time and again, the team shot, but failed to score. The final score was 42-49, with E.O. Smith taking home the win.

After facing the Panthers, RHAM still had three games to go in the regular season: Rocky Hill and Fermi they have already beaten once; Glastonbury promised to be a tough opponent. “They are currently ranked number five in the state,” said Guernsey.

The Sachems are assured a spot in the post-season tourney. Schedules will be available at www.casciac.org.

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