Woodstock Academy Centaurs girls' basketball is making the adjustment

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
Senior captain Elizabeth Rondeau plays forward for the Centaurs. Photos by D. Coffey.
Senior captain Elizabeth Rondeau plays forward for the Centaurs. Photos by D. Coffey.

Just hours before the Woodstock Academy girls’ basketball team played Montville, coach Willie Bousquet walked the athletes through some plays. He positioned his team under the net to explain what some challenges were going to be that night. Chief among them was Cassidy Bundy, a 6-foot, 2-inch tall player who’s signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Hartford.

The Centaurs worked his plans as they’d been coached, but they had to double team Bundy. “We aren’t that tall,” Bousquet said. “It makes it hard.”

Bousquet is in his first year as head coach for the Centaurs. He coached the Putnam Clippers girls’ basketball team before making the move. Going from the Constitution State Conference to the Eastern Connecticut Conference has been a learning experience for him. So has working with a group of players who have to get used to his coaching style. And because WA graduated seven seniors last year, the team has a long list of players with little to no varsity experience.

With good returning players in the league, it’s been a growing experience all around. “We’re getting accustomed to each other,” Bousquet said. “They’re learning to do things the way I try to do them. We’re growing together.”

To make matters worse, the Centaurs caught an injury in late December to guard Colleen Topliff.

“We can hold a team relatively well, but we have to work on scoring. We have to be able to get into the 40s,” he said. “The kids are working towards that end. They’ve improved tremendously.”

The JV and freshmen teams have been successful this season. With Elizabeth Rondeau the only senior graduating, the Centaurs will have nearly every player returning next year. Bousquet expects the club to be much stronger next year as a result.

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