Wildcats aim for 10th consecutive state tournament
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
The Suffield High School girls’ basketball program has recently been one of the top programs in the state, earning nine consecutive state tournament appearances, including a quarterfinal berth last season. The lady Wildcats graduated four senior starters from their squad that placed second in the North Central Connecticut Conference and finished with an 18-5 overall record last year. The influx of young talent this season should not break the Wildcats’ post-season appearance streak, as they have worked hard.
“We have a very young team across the board,” said head coach Jeremiah Brown. “They work hard and every day they get better, so we’re moving in the right direction. Towards the end of the season, I think we will definitely be at our peak.”
The Wildcats are led by a duo of captains, senior Alysia Krzanowski and junior Tashua Sotil, the team’s lone returning starter. Krzanowski is a tough-nosed forward who Brown describes as a rock for the Wildcats. You always know what you’re going to get from her, he said. She can be expected to contribute at least 10 points and five rebounds nightly, while controlling the glass and paint. Sotil plays both the guard and forward positions and is the most versatile player for Suffield, filling up the stats sheet in bunches. Brown would like for her to look for her shot more, to help solidify the Wildcat offense.
The Wildcats’ leading scorer is sophomore Meredith Ouellette, who has come into her own this season and has filled it up at a great clip early on in the season. Ouellette is unlike some scorers because she is patient and lets the game come to her. Most of her attempts come within the flow of the offense, and she rarely forces up a shot.
Running the offense will be junior point guard Katie Carson. Brown hopes Carson becomes more aggressive with the rock and looks to take some more shots as the season progresses. Rounding out the starting five is sophomore Arianna Flagg, who could be an x-factor come tournament time for the Wildcats.
Coming off the bench for Suffield are sophomores Katarina Rizzutto and Katelyn Corr. Brown describes Corr as a spark off the bench who will see significant minutes moving forward.