Plainfield girls' basketball team presents formidable challenge

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Jan. 14, 2013
Morgan Griffin, Haley Beausoleil and Katie Marcoux captain the Panther team. Photos by D. Coffey.
Morgan Griffin, Haley Beausoleil and Katie Marcoux captain the Panther team. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Plainfield High School girls' basketball team sits at the top the ECC small division, but you'd never know that from the way coach Jason Greene talks. “Let's go!” he yelled as the girls did a passing drill the length of the court on Jan. 9. The Panthers had just lost a squeaker to Stonington the night before, and Greene wasn't happy.

Still, the Panthers are a formidable team. They are led by senior captains Haley Beausoleil, Morgan Griffin and Katie Marcoux. Griffin, who has 900 points and 900 rebounds to her name, was chosen as the ECC Athlete of the Month for December. She averages more than 17 points and 13 rebounds per game. “She has a knack for reading where the ball is going to go,” Greene said of his leading scorer.

The Panthers also have juniors Alicia Cournoyer and Mel Sweeny to help lead a sophomore-laden team. His upperclassmen provide a wealth of experience to a young team, many of whom look promising to Greene, especially freshmen Julie Jordan and Madeline Lorange.

“You never want to rebuild. You just want to reload. That's my thought process,” he said. “We want to make sure that we give our seniors the most opportunity to win and the best opportunity to have a great season. We've had decent seasons the last two years; we just want to continue that trend.”

He intends to do it by continually going over the basics of the game, being patient and working hard at practice. “I'm going to keep on saying the same things over and over again,” he said. “That's essentially what coaching boils down to. As coaches, we have to be patient. I know I'm not the best at being patient, but we have to continue to tell them the same things over and over and keep on trying to be patient.”

“We're looking for a level of consistency in our poise, patience and mental toughness,” Greene said. “We want to come to every single game with the same blueprint, the same attitude. We're not doing that right now, but we're going to keep on working towards that consistency.”

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