Rockville Lady Rams fighting for tourney berth
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Rockville - posted Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
After a loss to Bloomfield on Jan. 30 brought the Rockville High School girls' basketball team's record to 4-11, coach Israel Caban said his squad has already reached one of its goals this season – to improve enough to make the conference battle tighter.
“We've had a lot of ups and downs, but we're doing what we're supposed to be doing – we're developing,” he said. “We're closing the gap with the rest of the CCC, which is one of our main goals. We've gone through stuff, like any other team, but now we've straightened it out and we're moving forward. Our guard play has been strong all season long, and the play of [senior forward] Kat Cutting at the post has been phenomenal. It's been a mixture of things, but we haven't been consistent enough.”
The team's defense has been its strength, and the focus now is on driving toward the bucket, rather than relying on outside shots.
“It's our dribble penetration and movement off the dribble,” he said. “We did some of that today, but we don't do enough on it. That's something we'll continue to work on, moving forward. We doubt ourselves sometimes, but we go on runs when we do it well. We've got to get that intensity on the level with our defensive work.”
The next goal is to make the Class L tournament, which will require winning four of the team's last five games.
“We're still alive,” Caban said. “We still control our own destiny to get to the post-season. I believe we're still going to pick up four. I've got it in my heart that we're going to pick up four.”
The team will graduate five seniors this year, but Caban said the JV group coming up is “relentless.”
“Moving forward, the program is in really good hands,” he said.
Rockville travels to RHAM on Feb. 6 and then to Hartford Public on Feb. 10.
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