Warriors work to rebuild girls' basketball program
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 21, 2013
The Windsor High School girls’ basketball team squared off with rival East Hartford on Feb. 14, on senior night, hoping to earn a victory and sweep the season series. The Warriors were unsuccessful, as they led for the entire game until the final minute, losing 59-56. The lady Warriors had a chance to take the lead, down one with 20 seconds left to play, and a chance to tie, down three with less than 10 seconds left, but failed to hit the clutch shot. The team would fall two days later to defending state champs Weaver to drop its overall record to 4-16 on the season.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t make the state tournament, however, I am recognizing taking on the task of building a program is a marathon, not a sprint,” said head coach George Curry. “There were tremendous gains this season; we competed in 15 of the 20 games. We were not an easy team to play, we gave everybody fits. The team is coming along. We’ve been very competitive and we have a very strong underclass.”
The Warriors’ record does not reflect the amount of work and improvements made with Curry at the helm in his first season, which started with changing around the style and demeanor of play in practice. The Warriors could be found practicing in the gym every day of the week except Sundays and holidays, as they focused on the fundamentals of passing, shooting and ball handling, which Curry said has led to drastic improvements in developing players’ games.
The complete style change is not just taking place at the high school level; it is trickling down into the middle school and grade schools. After Windsor’s game versus Weaver, Curry and the varsity team conducted a free basketball fundamentals and skills clinic at Windsor High as they shared their love of the sport and style of play with more than 40 girls from grades two through eight. The clinic taught players proper lay-up foot work, shooting form, passing techniques and defensive stances.
“We’re leaving no stone unturned with regards to developing the program,” Curry said. “I am as excited as a guy whose team doesn’t make the tournament can be, because I am optimistic. I can see the fields are white with the harvest with what’s coming down the pipe.”