Woodstock Academy girls bring height to the court

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Dec. 10, 2012
The Woodstock girls varsity basketball team poses with their coaches. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Woodstock girls varsity basketball team poses with their coaches. Photos by D. Coffey.

Woodstock Academy's girls' basketball coach Dave Walley knows his lady Centaurs will have their work cut out for them this season, but he was optimistic at media day, on Dec. 7. He likes the size, work ethic and camaraderie of his players.

Four players are close to 6 feet tall, and many of the girls have been playing together for four years. “They are a great group of girls,” he said. They're a coachable, hardworking group. We're hoping to take it to the next step. We definitely want to qualify for the ECC and state tournaments.”

“We definitely have some height,” Walley said. Returning player Lindsey Weigand has been a starting player for the Centaurs for years. “She's a very strong inside player, one of the better players in the conference, so she is going to be a strength for us and provide us with a lot of offense. And we have other strong interior players.”

The team also has a strong, positive work ethic, according to Walley. “These girls really like each other. They like spending time together. They are a fun group to coach,” he said.

What the Centaurs will need to do is work on feeding the ball to their big inside players. “Our guards will have to take it to another level,” Walley said. Senior Bridget Matsas and sophomore Colleen Topliff will see lots of action as guards for the Centaurs. “We need to slow our game down and not get rushed and get out of control,” Walley said. “We want to stay in control and execute.”

Topliff has shown promise in early season action, said Walley. The sophomore played JV last year. “We're hoping for big things from her,” he said.

Woodstock will likely have difficulty with NFA, Bacon Academy and East Lyme. “Bacon is bringing back everybody from the state championship team last year. East Lyme is always athletic and tough to play, so those six games are going to be very difficult,” said Walley. “We're going to have to play perfect games in order to compete against those teams. If we play well, good things are going to happen.”


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