RHAM girls head into the new basketball season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Dec. 10, 2013
Maddie Haas participates in a drill with the RHAM girls' varsity basketball team on Dec. 6. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Maddie Haas participates in a drill with the RHAM girls' varsity basketball team on Dec. 6. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Last year, the RHAM girls’ basketball team went to the semifinal round of the Class L state championship, losing the game to Farmington High School, the eventual championship team. “They’ve kept their whole lineup,” said RHAM coach Tim Guernsey, supervising an early-season practice session for this year’s team on Dec. 6. “Farmington will definitely be a tough competitor this year,” said Guernsey.

“We’re determined to beat them this year,” said junior Alyssa Hansen. Hansen feels her team has the potential for a very successful season. Losing shooting guard Cameron Rishell left a big hole to fill. “But we have a lot of people willing to work hard to try and fill that spot and other positions,” said Hansen. Early-season scrimmages had revealed a team that already worked well together, said Hansen, in addition to players who are willing to be unselfish with the ball. “I feel like we’re working hard in trying to jump the pass, to make sure we’re helping each other,” said Hansen.

Senior Sarah Veilleux, a three-time All-Conference selection and last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year, is naturally expected to be a heavy scorer this year, and opponents will be looking to box her out, said the coach. “She can’t do it alone,” said Guernsey, stressing how important it will be for Veilleux’s teammates to continue to back her up.

Hansen feels the team has the potential to take the season all the way this year. “We want the states this year,” she said. “I think we have a chance, we just have to be focused and work.” Hansen said that as the season ramps up she sees the necessary drive in her teammates. “We’re working really hard to keep reaching, to never be happy with where we are,” she said.

The seniors on this year’s RHAM High School girls’ varsity basketball team are Sarah Veilleux, Mallory Stone, Maddie Haas and Hannah Booth. RHAM’s first home game of the season is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, against Hartford Public, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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