SWHS girls' basketball 'set sights higher'
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
If Don Leclerc, head coach of the South Windsor High School girls' basketball team, were to sum up the team in a word, it would be “balanced.”
“Last year we played 13 kids every game religiously. We have a lot of depth, and that's what separates us from so many other schools – that balance,” Leclerc said. “We don't have to rely on just one person - we have many people who step up.”
The team had a strong sophomore presence last year, with relatively few upperclassmen. “We graduated two seniors last year, so we have a good returning cast; almost everyone is back from last year,” said Leclerc. Many of those returning players bring varsity experience.
The team finished 12-8 last year and competed in the CCC tournament and a state qualifying game. “Being one of the youngest teams in the league, I think we did very well. We competed against a lot of the tough teams: Manchester, Weaver, Glastonbury, East Catholic, a lot of upper-echelon teams,” said Leclerc. “We competed very well.” While they might not have defeated teams like Glastonbury last year, Leclerc believes that the experience they gained will be vital this year.
With many of last year's sophomores now varsity-experienced juniors, Leclerc is working with a more mature team. However, two underclassmen, sophomores Christina Razzi and Amy McConnell, are promising to be strong players. His captains this year are Jackie Kenefick and Marissa Silverman.
“Our goal is to compete for a league title this year. There's no more goals of just making a tournament,” said Leclerc. “We're setting our sights a lot higher this year.”