Bacon's girls' basketball team gearing up for new season

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
Coach Dave Shea instructs his basketball players. Photos by Jason Harris.
Coach Dave Shea instructs his basketball players. Photos by Jason Harris.

The Bacon Academy girls' basketball team is hoping for the opportunity to defend its state title. The lady Bobcats' first game is Dec. 11, when they will begin putting that intention into motion. Last year the team went 23-3 on the season.

“It was very hard work last season,” said coach Dave Shea. “We have a tough schedule as well as very good teams in our league.”

His team will have to battle to win games, but they are up to the challenge this season, Shea said.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” said Shea. “Right now, we’re just trying to get ready to take it one game at a time.”

Shea shared a couple of the sayings he uses to motivate his team. “Any time you turn your head to pat yourself on the back, you miss the punch coming right at your nose,” is one of them. Another is one that new UConn men's coach Kevin Ollie used to tell his basketball team about the goals and objectives he had for the coming season: "You can't take the elevator, you got to go up the stairs; so it's one step at a time."

Shea said that’s the way it has to be for this team. They can’t take any shortcuts to meet their goals; they will have to use the stairs to get where they’re going.

In the last couple of years, Shea said he has had some success in scheduling games with smaller schools. This year he has had trouble filling out the schedule. In the school's division, small schools can opt out of playing larger schools, which is what Bacon Academy is considered to be, so he had to go outside the league to schedule six of the games.

Senior Taylor McLaughlin said he thinks there will be more pressure this year, but if the team does the same things it did last year - like working together and working hard - it will be reflected in their games and they will win.

“I’m excited, but we are definitely going to have a big target on our backs, so we’re going to have to work extra hard,” said senior Carlee Putnam.

“I definitely think we’re going to have to step up our game and work harder in order to do as [well] as we did last year,” senior Lauren Elmy said.

McLaughlin said that each game can surprise a person, since you never know what could happen. “You treat every game as it it’s going to be hard,” McLaughlin said. “You can’t just assume that you can win.”

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