Tourtellotte girls open hoops season against Plainfield

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Dec. 13, 2011
Deanna Lazzara battles to get free from Plainfield's Morgan Griffin. Photos by D. Coffey.
Deanna Lazzara battles to get free from Plainfield's Morgan Griffin. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Tourtellotte Memorial High School girls’ basketball team opened its season with a difficult loss against Plainfield on Dec. 8. The young and inexperienced team tried their best against a seasoned one and came out on the short end of a 71-19 score.

Coach Carla Faucher said the team is in a rebuilding year. “Not only is it a new team, but it's a team with little varsity experience,” she said. Few of her seniors have played at the varsity level before. “I've told them in order to get varsity playing time they have to prove that they deserve to be on the varsity team,” said Faucher. “They've worked hard, but they aren't there yet with the skill level needed.”

The Tigers have three freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors rounding out the roster. Two returning players Faucher was counting on for leadership have been injured: Senior guard Felicia Torres and junior forward Ashley Gendreau have only been able to help from the bench.

“The guard play is one of our weaker areas,” Faucher said. “We're trying to focus on rebuilding that, and getting them stronger. We're throwing a lot of young kids in who haven't had a lot of varsity experience.”

Faucher used the opportunity of their opening game loss to teach her team a lesson in sportsmanship. “I told my girls that this is a learning opportunity for them to learn how to play to their best,” she said. “These girls are going to make you play better, and if you fold, then you're never going to improve on that. Take this experience to elevate your game to the next level so that you can become better.”

Faucher complimented her team on a great attitude, saying that they tried their best throughout the game. They never hung their heads, even trailing as they did. “I told the girls before the beginning of the season, you should be able to walk off the floor after every game and ask yourself if you have any ‘would have, could have, should haves.’ If you do, you didn't play to your best potential. But if you can't answer those questions, then you know you played your best. There was nothing more you could do. That's how we have to look at the season - to always try to do the best that we can out there. And grow from our mistakes and our indifferences and weaknesses,” the coach said. “We'll be a successful team in that respect.”

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