New era begins for Windsor Warriors

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
Senior Sydnee Over attempts a layup. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Sydnee Over attempts a layup. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor High School girls’ basketball team is working hard in the gym as the Lady Warriors transition into a new style of play and a new attitude, led by first-year head coach Dr. George Curry. Curry takes over for Vinnie Cianfarani, now head coach for Tolland, who helped Windsor to two state championship games, winning one state title while earning conference titles and accruing more than 250 wins.

“The reason they brought me in is not to get to the state tournament, which we did last year, but to try and reinvigorate the program,” Curry said. “If you look on the wall there [at the conference championship banners], you’ll see that in the past we were dominant in the CCC, not just contenders and making the tournament, but actually winning the CCC, and there has been a steady decline, unfortunately. We’re trying to bring in a new culture here and bring a competitive spirit back to Windsor girls’ basketball.”

Curry’s attempt to reinvigorate the program has started on the defensive side of the ball. Windsor will play an up-tempo style that forces teams to turn the ball over as they attempt to break their relentless full-court press, which they will stay in all game. The Warriors go nine deep, allowing for the constant pressure which is expected to create easy baskets in transition for the new-look squad.

Windsor’s greatest strength is the size of their front court; they have five players in their rotation that are 5 feet, 8 inches or taller. Leading the cast of imposing players are the senior duo of Nyah Charles and Sydnee Over. Over is the lone returning starter from last year’s squad and is currently leading the team in rebounds, collecting more than 10 boards a game, while Charles leads the team in scoring, averaging more than 17 points a game. Rotation players like Marissa Rosner, Rose Powell and Kendall Coombs will clean the glass and their length will help fortify the press.

The backcourt is led by senior Molly Curry, who is the team’s second leading scorer, at more than 15 points per game. She also leads the team in assists. The backcourt expects strong contributions from Elisha Pertillar, Sydney Thomas and Ayanna McDougald.

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