Lady Raiders end tremendous season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Tue., Mar. 22, 2011
Nicolette LaPierre waits for a rebound. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Nicolette LaPierre waits for a rebound. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Under the leadership of head coach Doug Knowe, the Lady Raiders of Windsor Locks reached new heights this season. First moving easily past Hale Ray, the Lady Raiders upset #3 seed Coginhaug by one basket, 49-47. “It was an incredible game,” Knowe recalled. Junior Mariah Brown held the night’s high score with 15 points. “Mariah leads the team in scoring, assists and has tremendous ball handling abilities.” Knowe said. “She ran the offense this year and was the floor general.” Brown was selected to the NCCC All League team.
In their quarter-final match up the girls’ defeated Old Saybrook 47-34. In a hard fought and highly charged game, again led by Brown, seniors Emily Burke, Ellary Douglas and Ashley Novakowski commanded the floor with stellar defense. Knowe talked about the outstanding abilities of this year’s defenders, “Without a doubt, by the end of the season our defense became the strength. We were relentless on defense during the state tournament, and that is what gave us such a deep run,” he said.
Quick to share credit for this year’s success, Knowe points to assistant coaches Laura Stalgaitis, Jeremy Giard and Brian Sullivan as the backbone on the bench. “I am incredibly fortunate. We practice six days a week during playoffs, and having the help of Laura, Jeremy and Brian made all the difference,” he said
Adding to the team’s overall success, senior Jenna Wojtas averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds per game. “Jenna has a great knowledge of the game,” Knowe comments. “Having her on the team is like having another coach on the floor.”
Junior Nikki LaPierre was the team’s leading rebounder and carried the highest free throw percentage. Knowe states, “Nikki played outstanding during the state tournament.”
Falling to Cromwell in the semi-finals, the Lady Raiders gave packed to capacity crowds something to cheer my he said.
Adding to the team’s overall success, senior Jenna Wojtas averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds per game. “Jenna has a great knowledge of the game. Having her on the team is like having another coach on the floor,” said Knowe.
Junior Nikki LaPierre was the team’s leading rebounder and carried the highest free throw percentage. Knowe said, “Nikki played outstanding during the state tournament.”
Falling to Cromwell in the semi-finals, the Lady Raiders gave packed to capacity crowds something to cheer about in Windsor Locks.

 


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