After a strong early season, Sachems struggle down final stretch

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
Sarah Veilleux goes against E.O. Smith's Holly Worski. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Sarah Veilleux goes against E.O. Smith's Holly Worski. Photos by Melanie Savage.

A RHAM girls’ basketball team that started out the 2013-14 season with 10 consecutive wins has struggled a bit during the second half of the season. Multiple injuries and illnesses have necessitated multiple shake-ups and changes to the starting line-up.

RHAM’s first loss of the season came at the hands of Rocky Hill (final score 48-58), a team that, on paper, shouldn’t have given the Sachems much difficulty. “In regards to the Rocky Hill game, we were out-played,” said RHAM head coach Tim Guernsey. “We went to their place and they played very well, knocked down what felt like every shot in the first quarter, and never looked back.” Guernsey said that though RHAM struggled to get going and struggled defensively to stop them in transition, “they got a lot of easy looks at the basket.”

RHAM won a Jan. 25 game against Hartford Public with a final score of 57-23. South Windsor, on Jan. 27, was expected to be a tough opponent. “South Windsor is one of the better teams we played,” said Guernsey. ”We turned the ball over 28 times, which in this game you will never win if you turn the ball over. They have a very good post presence and they have very quick guard play.”

Top scorer Sarah Veilleux scored 43 points for RHAM against South Windsor, but “outside of Sarah we did not have a lot of scorers,” said Guernsey. “When you are not getting support from anyone else, it’s tough to beat very good teams.” The final score against South Windsor was another loss for RHAM at 55-69.

On Feb. 4, RHAM took on an E.O. Smith team that has been playing very well this season. “Sarah had complained about tightness in her back prior to the start of the game,” said Guernsey. Veilleux got better as the game progressed, but when she wasn’t scoring, “we really didn't have anyone step up and fill the void,” said the coach. “I thought we did a good job of defending the three point line, they only made 4 threes for the game. We just didn't play well enough in transition to compete at that level.”

A win against Rockville was followed by a loss to a tough NFA team. Currently holding onto a 12-4 record, the Sachems face four more opponents through the end of the regular season.


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