Ellis Tech Golden Eagles fall short
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Feb. 21, 2011
The Ellis Tech Golden Eagles struggled early against the Windham Tech Tigers on Feb.15. The mighty Tigers went on a roll in the first quarter from which they never relented. At the end of the game, the score stood at 39-71. It was frustrating on two levels for the Eagles. Ellis Tech couldn’t convert their passes, sink baskets or get rebounds. They struggled at the foul line. But what was worse, was that after playing one of the best seasons he can remember, Ellis Tech girls' basketball coach Murdock wasn’t sure his team was going to make it into the quarterfinals.
There was a four way tie just two days before the CSC quarterfinals. Ellis Tech, Cheney Tech, Windham Tech and Prince were all trying to make it in the door at the last minute.
“It’s very confusing,” Murdock said after the game. “They combined the leagues into two divisions. Then Putnam was approved to play in the Constitution State Conference, but they didn’t figure out how to make the schedule. Now it’s a problem. They’re taking crossover games into account, when east teams play west teams, but Putnam had no crossover games this year with western division teams.”
Going into Tuesday night’s game with Windham Tech, Ellis posted an 11-6 overall and 6-3 league record. Every team was fighting the toughest winter schedule in years. With so many storms and cancellations, teams were playing back-to-back games and going without practices in order to make up games before the playoffs.
Murdock’s Eagles played three games in a row that week. “Obviously fatigue is a factor,” Murdock said. The week before they played five games in one week. “I’d love to rest my starters, but they all want to get out there and play. And it’s senior night, so all the seniors will play.
Before the game and after, Murdock was determined to do all he could to see to it that his team made it to the playoffs. “At all costs I’m going to get them there,” he said. “This is the best team I’ve had since I started coaching, and I’ve been coaching for five years. How can the best team I’ve coached not make it?” he asked.
Ellis Tech Girls’ Basketball Coach Coach John Murdock
Number of seasons: five
“This is the best team I’ve coached in five years. We posted 66 points in a game against Norwich tech, setting a team record. We won 11 games this season, setting a girls’ basketball record.”
Seniors: Sara Brodeur; Faith Lizee; Kendra Falco-Stachura; Carla Hetu
Sara Brodeur, number 10, guard
“As junior she was selected to the CSC team," coach Murdock said. "She is one of the quickest players in the league by far and she will be greatly missed.”
Faith Lizee, number 34, forward
“One of the best post players in the league, leading in blocks. She is a co-captain and a great leader for our team," said coach Murdock.