Coventry girls put to rest a season of highs and lows

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Mon., Mar. 4, 2013
Claire Hall battles Cheney Tech's Colleen Cosker for control of the ball during a Feb. 28 round two tourney game. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Claire Hall battles Cheney Tech's Colleen Cosker for control of the ball during a Feb. 28 round two tourney game. Photos by Melanie Savage.

“This season was satisfying to say the least,” said Coventry High School girls’ basketball coach Isabelle Caban, following the team’s season-ending loss to Cheney Tech during round two of the state tourney on Feb. 28. “We had a very strong start going 6-1 early in the season,” said Caban. The team experienced “a bit of a drought” after some injuries of key players including Marina Rose, Samantha Roy and Eileen Zadrozny. “But in due time we were healthy and I could really see the difference having our entire team made,” said Caban.

Caban said she likes to use the bench. “I usually go eight or nine deep per game and feel it gave us an edge with the defense we play,” she said. “Our girls were tough, worked really hard, and our system requires a lot of energy in defense.”

Caban said that she approached the season wanting to run a system that was very different from what her players were used to. “It required a lot of discipline and a lot of work,” she said. But “after their initial shock, physically and mentally, they all responded better than I thought they would,” said Caban.

The coach gives a lot of credit to the Patriots’ team captain, senior Claire Hall. “She bought into the system the quickest and really kept the team’s cohesion strong,” said Caban. “She's the player every coach wants, not the most talented on the floor, but you will not find a player with more heart and dedication than Claire has. I'm grateful to have coached that kid and will miss her a lot.”

Senior Alyssa Keeney is described by Caban as “level-headed and consistent.” Senior Marina Rose she describes as “extremely athletic and competitive.” Together, the players “gave my team well-rounded character and tremendous defense,” said Caban. “Those two kids are scorers,” she added.

Caban said that junior Eileen Zadrozny was the defensive anchor for this year’s team. “I'm confident in saying she's one of the top defenders in the league, if not in the state,” said Caban. “She's the most consistent player I have and I really look forward to having her back next year. That girl is tough as nails, a firecracker, and level-headed. She's going to be our key returner next year.”

The Coventry girls’ basketball team ended the regular season with an 11-9 record, beating Canton to advance to round two of the Division S tourney. In a very physical game against Cheney Tech on Feb. 28, the Patriots managed to come back from a 15-point spread to lose the game by just six points, with a score of 56-50 at the final buzzer.

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