Stafford High School girls’ basketball back in action

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Jan. 5, 2012
The Stafford High School girls' basketball team is back on the court and full of drive, determination and team spirit. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
The Stafford High School girls' basketball team is back on the court and full of drive, determination and team spirit. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Back for her fifth season as the Stafford High School girls’ basketball coach, Erin Clark and her team of 10 varsity players are focusing their practice time on strengthening core fundamentals and implementing the lessons learned with improved shooting accuracy and consistent play on the court.

After a 4-16 2010-2011season, Clark is looking for big performances from senior captains Dani Clark and Lauren Shaw. “Dani is a returning point guard,” Clark said. “She sees the court well and brings good ball-handling, poise and leadership. She is an extremely aggressive and hardworking defensive player.”

Shaw, a forward, is described by Clark as fast, athletic and versatile. “We will look to Lauren for scoring and tough defensive play,” the coach said. “She should be one of our top scorers.”

Assisted by JV coach Mike Forino, Clark is working on strategies to overcome early team weaknesses. “We are young and inexperienced,” she said. With only two seniors, the Bulldogs will need to rely on the court smarts of juniors Brenna Roy, Kelsey Heavener, Isabella Randazzo, Jamie Sierra, Anna Janusz, Mykayla Perrier and Hayley Richards, and sophomore Jordan Hosey.

Roy, a varsity guard since freshmen year, will be a key player for Stafford. “Brenna is one of our top ball-handlers and shooters,” Clark said.

Listing team strengths as speed, quickness, athleticism, defense and rebounding, Clark anticipates large contributions from Heavener, Randazzo and Sierra. “Isabella is a strong, tough rebounder and post defender,” the coach said. “Jamie is very quick and a tough defender who can shoot from the outside and Kelsey has the ability to drive to the basket and score.”

The Stafford girls got off to a tough start this season, falling to Classical Magnet in a down-to-the-final-seconds 27-31 loss on Dec. 7, and losing a close match against Enfield High School, 45-46, on Dec. 9.

The Bulldogs next face rival Suffield at home on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. For a full schedule, go to www.casciac.org.


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