New coaches' strategy is to instill winning attitude

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Scott Martin coaches the Stafford High School girls' varsity basketball team. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Scott Martin coaches the Stafford High School girls' varsity basketball team. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Stafford High School girls' varsity basketball is jumping through hoops this season to develop a new outlook, which is being fostered by the team's new leadership - coach Scott Martin and assistant coach Kacey Scroggins.

This season, the SHS girls' basketball team totals 21 players, which is more than in the past, said Martin, who is excited about the turnout. With new coaches come new strategies. “The exciting thing is that we get to learn a new system and start fresh,” said Martin.

Also a baseball coach, Martin said he has always wanted to get involved in basketball, and when the door to the coach's role opened, he stepped through it. “I'm very excited about the new challenge and the new environment, for sure,” he said.

This year's challenge, said Martin, will be in trying to instill a winning attitude in the players following last year's unsuccessful 1-19 season. “The kids all want to do well, and they all want to win. They practice hard, but sometimes when they face adversity and they're not used to winning, it's tough to overcome that,” said Martin, who added that the effort the players bring to practice will eventually play out on the court. Martin said the team is strong, and its players work well together. Overall, he said, the team is making progress in rebounding the ball.

Within the NCCC league, Avon will be a tough team to beat, said Martin; and Suffield, Somers, East Windsor and Ellington will all pose challenges for Stafford. The Bulldogs' key strategy will be to improve day by day, said the coach. “We tell the girls each and every single day, 'You can be one of two things – you can be good or you can be comfortable,'” he said. “Every day we have to push ourselves to get ourselves better.”

SHS senior and co-captain Isabella Randazzo said, “I just want all of us to really work together as a team and bond, and just become family.”

“I want everyone to improve and be better than they were last year,” said senior co-captain Kelsey Heavener.

Junior co-captain Jordan Hosey said she wants the players to lead by example, and have a great year.

“More than anything, we want to build an atmosphere of positivity,” said Martin. “We have the support system through the town and through the school itself. We're excited about what we can do in the future.”

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