PHS girls’ basketball team finishes strong season
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Mar. 14, 2011
The Plainfield High School girls’ basketball team’s March 10 quarterfinal game against Tolland in the Class M state tournament got off to a fast and furious start. The Panthers and Eagles traded baskets, and by the end of the first quarter, Plainfield held on to a one-point lead. Things started slipping away in the second quarter. Denise Vergato picked up her third foul and was relegated to the bench. The Eagles took the opportunity to score. They capitalized on the PHS senior's absence and built up a lead they never relinquished. Tolland won the game, 57-40.
The PHS Panthers were up against a tough team, according to first-year coach Jason Greene. “Tolland is a good team. They’re big and they’re good shooters.”
And Tolland was ranked 18th in the state, while Plainfield came in 44th.
They were outplayed, but the Panthers never gave up.
“We tried to play aggressive,” Greene said after the game.
The officials saw it in another light. Tolland went to the free throw line 42 times. In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, four Plainfield players had fouled out.
“It's tough to take tonight,” Greene said. “Eventually we'll look at the big picture. We'll look at what we accomplished this year.”
What they accomplished was a season record of 20-5. And they were able to bring their schoolmates and family along for the ride, as their games drew considerable attention at home court.
The team now looks to start next year with a fairly experienced team of four juniors and four sophomores. What's more, four of those remaining players were given accolades by the coaches of the league.
Juniors Kim Bouten and Hailey Griffin were named Eastern Connecticut Conference All-Stars. Junior Heather Evans received an ECC Sportsmanship Award, and sophomore Morgan Griffin took an ECC Honorable Mention.
Greene told his players after the game that they had to concentrate on the good from their season. “I said we had to look at the whole season. We had to look at all the positive things we did, and all the goals we accomplished,” he said.
“We played really hard,” guard Kim Bouten said after the game. “I mean, we tried to play it out all the way through. It’s upsetting. We really didn't want to stop.”
Plainfield High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Jason Greene
Seasons with the team: 1
“It's tough to lose the last game of the season, but we have to look at all the positive things we did this year, all the goals we accomplished. These girls played great all season. They all deserve honorable mentions. They all deserve to be all-stars. ”
Seniors: Mindy Parker and Denise Vergato.