Rams' girls' basketball program building momentum for future

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Tue., Jan. 10, 2012
Rockville's Danielle Wemmell (right) watches her shot go in during the Lady Rams' game vs. RHAM on Jan. 9. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville's Danielle Wemmell (right) watches her shot go in during the Lady Rams' game vs. RHAM on Jan. 9. Photos by Steve Smith.

This season could be called a rebuilding year for the Rockville High School girls' basketball team, but it's more like the second step in that process. Last year's mostly-freshman team led to this season's crop of seasoned sophomores and another bevy of freshmen, and a team that is playing solidly while still climbing up the learning curve.

“We're another year older and another year better,” said coach Craig Archambault. “We're starting to compete a little bit. The effort is there. The kids are working hard. What we're mainly working on is concepts – both offensively and defensively.”

Archambault said his players are essentially treating every game like a practice, and absorbing lessons from facing every opponent.

“Our understanding of the game is not where it should be,” he said. “When teams throw something at us, we need to be able to react, but I think the game experience is something we're getting on the fly, since our team is young, but all of our kids are getting it. We've got balanced scoring and balanced effort every night.”

While post-season play is more likely on tap for 2013 or 2014, the 2-8 Rams will have a successful season just by becoming more competitive in the games they play down the stretch.

“We have grown as a program,” Archambault said. “We have more numbers this year than the past two years, and we're starting to compete. We had a lead against Bloomfield at halftime and we lost to Bristol Central at the buzzer. Against the top teams we still struggle, but we compete against others, which wasn't the case last year.”

Archambault said the future is potentially very bright, as long as his young squad keeps its year-round focus. “When they're juniors and seniors, who knows,” he said. “It won't be anything unless they put the effort in during the season, and in the off-season.”

Archambault said a few opponents on the schedule ahead are also rebuilding, and could help the Rams notch a few more wins before the season is over. “I tell the girls that if they work hard, we'll be in some games at the end,” he said.

The Rams are set to host Fermi on Jan. 19 and Conard on Jan. 24. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.

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