Mighty Tigers battle illness, injury as they finish out the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
Jasmine Baker makes a move toward the basket. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Jasmine Baker makes a move toward the basket. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Windham Tech Mighty Tigers are building on a 2010-11 season that saw them matching a school record for the most games won in a single season. Last year's team won 16 games and advanced to game two of the Class S tourney, where they fell to Platt Tech. The 2011-12 Mighty Tigers had won 12 out of 15 going into a game against Putnam on Jan. 30. With five games left in the regular season, it was still possible to beat the record, but coach Ray Elliott didn't see that happening. The Tigers faced Putnam, a team with an 11-4 record, with a roster seriously affected by illness and injury.

"We've got two ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament injury), an MCL (medial collateral ligament injury) and a strained knee," said Elliott. Top starters Kara Thibodeau and Naila Scott had both been out of school will stomach illnesses. Scott was in the lineup, but Thibodeau would miss the game. Senior Stacey Meikle was playing with a strained knee. "It's been a great year so far," said Elliott. "Tonight's an important game, and we're not at our best. We're just looking to get past tonight."

Seniors Scott and Meikle have played for Elliott for four years. While they have made important contributions to the season, "The nucleus of the team are sophomores and juniors," said Elliott. "We should be in good shape for next year."

The Tigers still have some tough games ahead during the remainder of the regular season, including Capital Prep (with a 13-3 record) and Classical Magnet (currently 9-4). "This is a tough time to be banged up," said Elliott. And with injuries likely continuing to affect the roster, "We'll be happy to get 13 or 14 wins this year," said Elliott.

Looking ahead to the post-season, the Tigers are hoping to secure home court advantage for the tourney. And if they can stay healthy, the Tigers will be looking to meet another school record - playing in the quarterfinal round of the post-season playoffs.

The Windham Tech Mighty Tigers lost to Putnam with a final score of 42-20, bringing their overall recored to 12-4. Their final home game of the regular season was scheduled for Feb. 1 against Classical Magnet.

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