Lady Tomahawks to pick up speed during season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Glastonbury's Gaby Dombek fights for a rebound. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Gaby Dombek fights for a rebound. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School girls’ varsity basketball team is off to a 2-1 start after a tough loss to Tolland, 36-32, on Dec. 11. The Tomahawks went 14-6 in the regular season last year, before making it to the Class LL quarterfinals, where the run ended with an overtime loss to Manchester, 59-56.

Coach Bryan Fleming said he has a largely new roster and a few players are battling early-season illnesses, but overall the team should be very competitive in the 2012-13 campaign.

Returning starters, seniors Courtney Latham and Ashley Mulryan, are expected to lead the offense, along with junior Kerstan Mahland, who adds height, with her 5’10” frame.

Fleming said he’s still trying to figure out the roles the rest of the squad will play. “We’re just trying to find the right combination on a game-to-game basis,” he said, adding that while he would like to play a more up-tempo game, the focus now is to get the half-court offense more organized.

“Long-term, toward the end of the season, I think we’ll pick up the tempo,” he said. “For right now, it’s kind of medium-speed.”

Fleming said many other teams look strong this year, and Tolland was certainly a challenge for the Tomahawks. “I thought we got into the flow too little and too late,” he said. “We played those last three minutes real tough. When I look at the schedule, I think we could beat everybody, and we could lose to everybody. It’s going to be one of those seasons where we’ve got to show up every night and try to find that combo that works for us.”

Fleming said two games against Manchester will also be challenges. The two teams played four times - a rarity - last season.

At press time, the Tomahawks were preparing for the first match vs. Manchester on Dec. 18. They then travel to Hall on Dec. 27.

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