Lady Tomahawks finding ways to win

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
Senior Courtney Latham drives past East Hartford defenders on her way to the hoop on Feb. 4. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior Courtney Latham drives past East Hartford defenders on her way to the hoop on Feb. 4. Photos by Steve Smith.

While transitions on the court don't appear to be a problem for the 16-2 Lady Tomahawks, the Glastonbury High School girls’ basketball team is going through something of a transition as it prepares to cap the regular season and start tournament play. Coach Bryan Fleming said he'd like to think that his team is peaking, but their play has been a little suspect as they play some teams for a second time – especially ones they've previously beaten.

“It's trying to keep the focus on the task at hand. I'm concerned about getting complacent at this point,” he said, adding that recent games against East Hartford and East Catholic provided more of a challenge than expected. “We were able to respond,” he said. “I think the adversity was good. I'll take it at this point. It will help us get tournament-ready.”

Practices and games for the rest of the season will include mostly fine-tuning, and a back-to-basics approach to defense.

“It's tough because we play so many teams with so many different styles,” Fleming said. “Getting ready for the tournament involves being able to win in a variety of ways, which we've been able to do – up-tempo games, or we can play slow games - as long as we keep our focus and don't take anybody lightly.”

Seniors Courtney Latham (who earned her 1,000th career point on Jan. 31) and Ashley Mulryan lead the team in most categories, but Fleming said several other players are really stepping up their play. “[Senior] Olivia Still's playing really well right now, [junior] Gabby Dombek's giving us good minutes and [junior] Kerstan Mahlan's looking to score a bit more,” he said. “I feel comfortable in that different kids can step up at different times.”

Mentally, Fleming said, it's hard to gauge whether his players are thinking ahead to a potentially deep tournament run, but that doesn't really matter, as long as they're getting the job done presently.

“It's a day-by-day kind of thing. I'm glad we've been pushed in games, and I've had to get on them a little bit, and they've responded, so that's positive. It's not exactly the way I would have scripted it, but if it gets us prepared, it gets us prepared,” he said.

At press time, the Tomahawks were preparing for the final two games of the season – hosting Weaver on Feb. 7 and Wethersfield on Feb. 11.

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