Brown, LaPierre lead basketball team to tournament

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Mon., Mar. 19, 2012
Windsor Locks team captain, senior Mariah Brown, charges down court to the hoop in the Raiders first round tournament game against Bloomfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor Locks team captain, senior Mariah Brown, charges down court to the hoop in the Raiders first round tournament game against Bloomfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

At the mid-season mark, Windsor Locks girls’ basketball broke away from the pack, winning 9 of their last 10; the turning point coming against Stonington on Jan. 18. “We really put an emphasis back on team defense and playing better help and recover with teammates,” coach Doug Knowe said. “Coming back to beat Stonington by 2 after going into the 4th quarter down 12 really made the kids believe in themselves.”

In the first round of the CIAC Class S tournament, the 11th seeded Raiders went head to head with 22 seed, Bloomfield. “Bloomfield is a great team from a tremendous conference,” Knowe said. “In the first quarter we were able to negate their height on the boards but in the 2nd half they attacked the boards hard and their height got to us.” Despite a 19-8 lead at the half, Locks fell to Bloomfield 40-45.

Knowe attributes much of the team’s overall 2012 success to Mariah Brown, Nikki LaPierre, Maggie Sayers, Jessica Kuzmickas and Dominique Boyd.

Scoring her 1000th point this season, Brown, a senior and All NCCC player for the second year in a row will play basketball at MCLA in the fall. “Mariah averaged 17.1 points a game, 4 rebounds and 4 assists,” coach said. “She was our most consistent scorer and she was the focus of other team’s defensive pressure.”

At center, senior LaPierre averaged 10 rebounds. “Nikki continued her success as one of the best rebounders in the NCCC and was the vocal leader during practice,” Knowe commented. “She consistently guarded other teams best post player and had a huge game at Somers to spark the start of the 9 game winning streak.”

“Maggie was the glue of the team and the defensive specialist,” Knowe commented on Sayers. “She was the model of the team motto; UBUNTU!”

A junior, Kuzmickas averaged 10 points per game. “Jessica became a serious scorer and added attacking the basket to her game,” Knowe said.  She finished with over 30 three point shots.

Boyd, a freshman, averaged 7.5 points and 13 rebounds. “Dominique hit the game winning free throw and scored 13 points against Class M powerhouse Ledyard,” Knowe said.  “She is going to have a bright future in the NCCC.”

“I have been coaching basketball for many years but this team worked hard in the weight room, the gym, the classroom, and that made it very enjoyable,” Knowe reflected on the season. “My 3 seniors gave a lot to the program and have helped build it so that it has earned respect around the league and the state.  They will be missed!”


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