Despite youth, Windham Tech women putting together strong basketball season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Last year, the Windham Tech girls’ basketball team finished the regular season with a 15-7 record. They were knocked out in the first round of the Class S state tournament. The team graduated six seniors. “This year we started with young players who have grown tremendously as the season has progressed,” said head coach Ray Elliott.
Senior Kara Thibodeau is averaging 19 points a game and was a First Team CSC All-Star as a sophomore and junior. She “scored her 1,000th point in the season opener against Prince Tech,” said Elliott. Thibodeau has started all four years.
Senior Jillian Bellman is a forward “who is our second leading scorer and top rebounder,” said Elliott. “She has started every game since her sophomore year.”
Senior Courtney Burke is a starting guard “and very good defender,” said Elliott. She “has had some big games offensively and defensively for us in the last four weeks,” said Elliott.
Senior Melinda Guay has been out the last three weeks with a knee injury. She “was second leading scorer before the injury,” said Elliott. “We hope to have her back in a few weeks.” Elliott calls Guay a “very good defender.”
The remainder of this year’s team is made up of juniors Oralys Aponte and Alyssa Markowycz, sophomore Delilah Rosario and freshmen Ashley Torres, Makayla Christian and Oralee Collazo.
“Our record this season is 12-3,” said Elliott. “We play an up-tempo style of basketball because we are very quick and athletic. We play full-court pressure defense and try to create turnovers. Our young players have adjusted to this fast pace and have really improved.”
Elliott said the team has been so successful because all of the players have stepped up and played great team defense. “And we have very balanced scoring after Kara and her 19 points a game,” said Elliott. “Each game, different players have stepped up offensively.”
The team’s goal is to try to get a high seed in the league tournament and state tournament, said Elliott. “I have been very pleased with our season so far,” he said. “When you lose six seniors and start the season with a lot of new faces, our progress week-to-week has been tremendous.”