E.O. Smith girls' basketball racks up two more wins, heads to post-season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Feb. 15, 2011
The E.O. Smith High School girls’ basketball team entered a Feb. 12 game against RHAM with a 17-1 record, having only lost one close game (final score 55-52) to Berlin. “We’ve been luckier than some schools,” said head coach Kirk Murad. “We’ve missed a few games because of the weather, but we’ve already made most of them up. Tonight is a rescheduled game, in fact.” After RHAM, Smith had just one more game on its regular-season agenda. “We win tonight, we clinch the division,” said Murad.
RHAM had a longer hiatus than some, since their school building was closed after major snowstorms while contractors cleared the roof. “I think the snow days are killing us,” said Sachems coach Tim Guernsey. “We were in a groove, and then we had a bunch of days off.” Beginning with the Panthers, RHAM faced a four-game week to make up for schedule changes due to weather.
But both teams played well, and the score remained close throughout. During the second half, while both teams continued to create scoring opportunities, RHAM just couldn’t seem to connect with the basket. The final score was 49-42 Smith. E.O. Smith also beat Tolland at home on Feb. 14 (final score 51-50), bringing their final record for the regular season to 19-1. The CCC Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19, at E.O. Smith, beginning at 2 p.m. Brackets for the state playoffs are scheduled to be announced on Feb. 23. Visit the website www.casciac.org for details.
Maggie Sundberg, #13, Point Guard
Senior point guard Maggie Sundberg leads a strong Panthers team, averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists per game, according to coach Kirk Murad. Sundberg was one of only 14 Connecticut players nominated to the McDonald’s All-American list. She appears in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s top-25 lists for scoring, three-pointers, assists and steals.