Lyman girls look to secure a spot in the tourney
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jan. 24, 2012
Heading into a practice session on Jan. 23, the Lyman Memorial Lady Bulldogs were coming off of a five-game losing streak. But before that, the team pulled in six wins in a row, and they only need one more to secure a spot in the post-season tournament.
“It was a tough schedule,” said coach Jeff Gaucher. But the team is determined to turn things around. “The girls have really taken ownership the last few days,” said Gaucher. “They’ve really made a recommitment to turning it around and finishing out the season on a high note.”
While there are no guarantees, the team should have no problem pulling in that final win. “The schedule eases up somewhat,” said Gaucher. “We’re playing some of the smaller schools for the rest of the season. We want to gradually continue to get better so that when we hit the post-season, we’ll be ready.”
Serving as the Bulldogs’ coach for his 10th year, Gaucher is hoping this will be his ninth foray into post-season play. But Lyman has never won a game during the state tourney, and Gaucher would like to see that change. “Hopefully we’ll be playing till mid-March,” he said. “That would be a program step-up for us.”
Team tri-captain Emily Peay (along with co-captains Emily Von Edwins and Alyson Tacchi) shares that vision. “We’d really like to get into the tournament and win a few games,” Peay said. Peay is consistently ranked in the top 10 for blocks, rebounds and steals (www.casciac.org). She plans to attend college next year to study nursing. “I’d like to continue to play basketball,” she said, “even if it’s on an intramural team.”
Lyman takes on Tourtellotte at home on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 7 p.m.