Putnam girls end CSC tournament run

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Mar. 7, 2011
Ashley Espinosa tries to block an inbound pass, while Cynthia Briere and Monica Phongsa look on.
Ashley Espinosa tries to block an inbound pass, while Cynthia Briere and Monica Phongsa look on.

The 10th seeded Putnam lady Clippers beat a Goodwin Tech (No. 23) team that was down to seven players in the first round of a Constitution State Conference championship game. Coach Willie Bousquet was happy with his team’s Monday win. “We had good ball movement. We had a lot of shots, but we didn’t score as many as we would have liked,” he said. There were a lot of good shots available, but they didn’t fall the Clipper way in the first half.

We had to understand what they (Goodwin) were all about. They didn’t have much inside. Either Burgos (Goodwin Tech's Jocelyn Burgos) was going to dribble and try to score or the other players were going to take outside shots.”

Bousquet was happy with the balanced scoring of his team. Ashley Espinosa scored 10 points, Monica Phongsa scored 12 points and Regan Guillot had 8 points. “Steph Baumuller played pretty well tonight,” Bousquet said. “She gave me some contributions. I think she could have had 8 points if she had made a couple of interior plays later in the game.”

But later that week, their run in the CSC tournament came to an end. On Thursday, March 10, Putnam lost to East Granby 41-18. After eight minutes Granby led by only 5 points, 9-4. Bousquet knew his opponents were good - East Granby was number 7 seed in the tournament - but he thought his Clippers could have been in the lead after the first quarter. “We let them have some rebounding opportunities. We missed some ourselves,” he said. By the half, Granby had control of the game. They led by at least 15 points for most of the game from that point on. They never gave up the lead.  The Clippers ended their season with an 18-7 record. Bousquet was more than pleased with that.



Coach’s Corner

Willie Bousquet

Seasons: 9

"This season taught us that you keep playing as well as you can. The players knew they were shorthanded with injuries to two key players early in the season. They never hung their heads. It’s a tribute to the whole team," said coach Bousquet.



Sports Spotlight:

Monica Phongsa, number 14, guard

"Monica has been a terrific sixth player this year. I couldn’t be any happier with how she operates and how she handles it," said coach Bousquet. "When you look at the end of the game, she’s played as many minutes as anybody else. She accepts that. As a sophomore, being that unselfish is a good trait. She’ll get her chance. She’s a junior next year. She’ll be able to start. It’ll be her turn."


Regan Guillot, number 5, guard and Erin Konicki, number13, guard

"I’ve got to compliment Erin Konicki for her poise out there. Both Konicki and Guillot stabilize us. They poise us, and they keep us under control," Bousquet said. "The girls look to them. That’s going to be a big void for us to fill next year. I think for the most part it goes a little unnoticed in the stats. Regan made all league honorable mention, and it’s because she runs the team, and every team needs that. Those are the two I’d like to shout out."




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