Ellington girls' basketball team opens with loss, but looks ahead to great season
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
The Ellington High School girls' varsity basketball team took a one-point loss on the chin in its first game of the season, but there are still many things to look forward to this winter for the Lady Knights.
Led by top points-scorer Karlee Alves, who is approaching her 1,000th high school point this season, and fellow senior and leading rebounder, Devonney Waters, Ellington is likely to compete for its fourth-straight NCCC title, and be a factor in the state tournament.
Ellington was up 10 over Enfield at the half, and at one point during the third quarter, led the Raiders by 13, but Enfield plucked away at that lead and was able to keep Ellington from getting a winning bucket in the waning seconds.
"A lot of credit to them," said Ellington coach Lauren Beeler, of the Enfield squad, adding that her team has to do a better job of staying away from fouls and sending opponents to the line.
She also said the loss could motivate the team to play harder, because another NCCC title is not a given – and that chance is in some degree of jeopardy already, as Enfield is a conference foe.
"We're still trying to figure things out," Beeler said, referring to her team's identity. "We have an All-State player [Alves] back, and our leading rebounder [Waters] back. I think [the loss] is going to motivate them more."
According to the coach, the biggest positives for the team after that loss was the girls' attitude in the locker room after the game, as well as the play of some freshmen, namely Caitlyn Gresh and Shannon Maguire, who contributed positively in the first game.
"We're a new team, so we're still bonding," she said. "I think Caitlyn did a wonderful job handling the ball, when Karlee was being boxed in, and Shannon played well, despite being a little nervous. The future is very bright."
Ellington travels to Bolton on Dec. 17 and then Suffield on Dec. 20. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.