Rams to take game to next level with new coach
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
“It's going to be exciting,” said coach Israel Caban, after the Rockville High School girls' basketball team's third scrimmage, vs. Hall, on Dec. 3. Caban – who has more than two decades of coaching experience with boys' and girls' programs in Bolton, Windsor and East Hartford (among other places) – is taking over the program in his hometown of Vernon, and said the team is primed for success this year.
“We're going to play up-tempo, hard-nosed defense,” Caban said. “We're going to teach these kids an offensive system that shows them how to cut, screen and how to find a teammate off the ball. Defensively, we're going to bring the heat, day-in and day-out. We're going to give people hell on 50-50 balls. The intensity of this group is as good as I've seen in my 22 years of coaching. These kids are working extremely hard.”
Caban's enthusiasm may be coming at just the right time, as the bulk of his team is becoming more-seasoned upper classmen. With no seniors, the team is junior- and sophomore-heavy, but this is the same squad that has been together for three years now, and has come to know each other on the court as well as off.
“They have come to understand the game better,” Caban said, adding that the style of play this year will be noticeably more up-tempo and aggressive. “They are ready to step it up and take it to the next level.”
Caban said the team has a few breakout players, including shooters Courtney Joubert and Taylor Krajewski and key defender Danielle Wemmell, but the skill level between the best player and the 10th player is very little. “It's a very deep, 10-man team,” he said. “If we're going to go anywhere, it's going to be a team effort, and I think this team is ahead of the curve, as far as where I thought we would be at this time.”
The coach's enthusiasm is apparent in how the team plays on the court, and that should carry them far. “I can't tell you how many games we're going to win, but it's going to be exciting this year in Rockville,” Caban said.
The team starts its season with games at Conard on Dec. 5, at Rocky Hill on Dec. 7, and hosting East Hartford on Dec. 11. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.