Lyman girls hope that chemistry, drive make for strong season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Wed., Dec. 14, 2011
Stonington's Amanda Roy loses the ball to Lyman's Emily Von Edwins and Emily Peay. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Stonington's Amanda Roy loses the ball to Lyman's Emily Von Edwins and Emily Peay. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Last year the Lyman Memorial girls’ basketball team came in at just under .500, with 9 wins and 11 losses. They lost to Watertown during a qualifying round, ending their season before the first round of the state tourney. Lost to graduation were Kelsey Labas, Stacie Savage and Rebecca Runkle.

Head coach Jeff Gaucher likes what he’s seen of the 2011-12 team. “So far, we’ve got really good chemistry,” he said. “The girls are all on the same page. They’re tough, they’re not selfish. If we can sustain that and continue to build, I think we can put together something really special.”

Three senior team members are sharing co-captain duties: Emily Von Edwins, Alyson Tacchi and Emily Peay. The fourth senior on the team is Haley McCall. “She was out all of last year with an injury,” said Gaucher. “She’s still working on coming back and getting into the flow.”

Heading into their third game of the season on Dec. 13, the Bulldogs had one win (64-42 against Somers) and one loss (70-59 against East Lyme) under their belts. The game was their single regular-season matchup against Stonington High School. “This is the first chance I’ve had to see [Stonington] this year,” said Gaucher during warm-ups. “They were a quality team last year, though I know they’ve lost a few key players. I expect a hard-fought game here tonight.”

The Bulldogs seemed sluggish early in the game, allowing numerous turnovers and missing their shots. But midway through the second quarter, they picked up the pace, stepped up the pressure, and started to dominate the court. By half-time the Bulldogs had taken over the lead, with a score of 26-20. The final score of the game was 48-38, with Lyman on top.

Catch Lyman at home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, against St. Bernard High School. On Friday, Jan. 6, they play Waterford High School at home. On Friday, Jan. 13, they play Fitch at home. On Friday, Jan. 20, they take on Plainfield. Home games begin at 7 p.m. Check out the team’s full season schedule at

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