The future is bright for Glastonbury's Lady Tomahawks
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Feb. 14, 2014
In a rebuilding year, just making the Class LL tournament will be an accomplishment, but the Glastonbury High School girls' basketball team looks like it will do just that – and the future is even brighter. The Lady Tomahawks needed just one more win at press time to make the big dance, and then the squad will refocus and see what happens.
Coach Kate Susat said her young team has improved a lot over the course of the season. “I think we've come a long way,” she said. “Our patience on offense, knowing when to run through sets, hitting the open person and knowing when and when not to shoot – we're really starting to work together as a team. We're getting better defensively, too – we're rebounding and boxing out. We're getting there.”
Susat said that while more experienced leaders, including seniors Kerstan Mahland and Gabriella Dombek, are certainly good examples for the underclassmen-heavy squad, it's also about simply getting the younger players more time on the hardwood.
“We're starting to realize that getting our younger kids in the mix with our older kids means we're starting to get good team chemistry,” Susat said.
That will likely translate into a stronger team over the next few years, when the current freshmen and sophomores are in those leadership roles. Susat said 6' 1'' sophomore guard Cameron Hendricks is expected to be a “dominant” player.
“She has the potential and she's just coming into her own this year,” she said, adding that others have future standout possibilities.
“I think Maddie Seymour is going to step up,” she said. “I have Bryn Murray, my freshman point guard, and Maddie Norman, my sophomore point guard, and they are battling right now, and they both have the potential to be very good. The future looks very good.”
The Tomahawks' final two games are at Wethersfield on Feb. 18 and hosting Manchester on Feb. 19. For a complete schedule and tournament bracket, visit www.ciacsports.com.