Glastonbury girls' basketball team turns new page

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jan. 2, 2014
Glasonbury sophomore Taylore Westbrook (right) fights for a rebound in the Tomahawks' match vs. Windsor on Dec. 23. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glasonbury sophomore Taylore Westbrook (right) fights for a rebound in the Tomahawks' match vs. Windsor on Dec. 23. Photos by Steve Smith.

Coach Kate Susat returns to helm the Glastonbury High School girls’ basketball team, after having been assistant coach at GHS three years ago, and spending the interim at UConn-Avery Point.

Susat takes over the squad that is undeniably in a rebuilding year, after the graduation of standouts Courtney Latham and Ashley Mulryan.

The team is young, with only four seniors and a starting five that includes two freshmen. The starters only bring limited varsity on-court experience.

“I have a very young team, and not a lot of experience,” Susat said. “We’re a work in progress.”

The team is not without skills and speed, but the work to be done is in the area of putting those things together.

“We’ve got to play defense,” Susat said. “We’ve got to work on better man-to-man defense, and we’ve got to rebound. We don’t have a whole lot of height, so all five kids have to be able to box out and rebound. In the first two games, that’s kind of hurt us.”

Susat said that while there will be attention focused on improving the defense, the offense should develop more naturally with time. “We’re going to get there,” she said. “I have really good shooters. It’s just getting them into the flow of the game, in order to get their shots off. We do have speed and quickness, and I like our full-court press; it has looked good the last couple of games.”

Susat said that while it might be tough for the Tomahawks to match recent years’ success, especially against a conference stacked with good teams, a realistic goal is to make the CIAC Class LL tourney.

“We’re working on getting eight wins and getting into the state tournament, and just kind of seeing what we can do,” Susat said.

The Tomahawks play at East Hartford on Jan. 10 and then host Weaver on Jan. 14. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.


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