WHS Lady Warriors end strong season
By Kathryn Elliott
Windsor - posted Tue., Mar. 22, 2011
The Windsor High School Lady Warrior’s basketball’s season begins well before Thanksgiving. Practicing vigorously each day after school, head coach Vinnie Cianfarani leads the girls in drill after drill, focusing not only on the basics of the game, but also in building the foundations for strong sportsmanship and teamwork that will carry the girls throughout the season, and beyond.
Finishing the season at 11-10, the Lady Warriors competed in several hard fought games. “We had some quality wins over Platt (46-38), Hall (52-44) and Glastonbury (41-38),” Cianfarani recalls. “The girls played very hard on the defensive end of the court.”
A young team by comparison, the Lady Warriors carried only one senior – guard Natasia Franklin. A consistent force on offense, Franklin led the team by example, both on and off the court. “Natasia is a very quick player with the ability to hit big shots,” Cianfarani said.
Recognizing his team member’s individual talents, Cianfarani spotlights those players that contributed this season. “Ashley Santos was having a great season before a knee injury took her out of play. Sydnee Over was a very consistent player, especially on defense, and Keniece Walker was very good running the offense and a good rebounder.”
Entering first round playoffs on Feb. 28, the #21 seed Lady Warriors were pitted against #12 Masuk. Maintaining the strong defense and deadly offensive accuracy that previously carried the young women through the regular season, the Lady Warriors were tested early. Despite strong efforts by Franklin, Over, Walker and the rest of the team, the girls’ fell to Masuk 40-34.
Looking forward to the 2012 season, Cianfarani said he knows the value of his returning players. “This year we had a core group of 6 juniors and 4 sophomores that will be counted on next year. We are looking to cause mayhem by adopting a pressing system that will turn teams over,” he said.