Lady Knights wrap season, look toward tourneys
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
The Ellington Knights couldn’t spend much time lamenting their loss to Suffield in the final regular game of the season. Instead, they had to prepare for the NCCC tournament – and their chance to take home their fourth title in a row. The team finishes the regular season at 13-7.
Coach Lauren Beeler said the team has talked about the conference title, and knows they have to work hard to get there. “We’ve got to look ahead,” she said. “Today, we had 18 turnovers, and we’re not going to get anywhere in any tournament if we do that. We need to tighten some stuff up. Our passing was off. If you catch the ball at the knees, you can’t shoot a 3, because it takes you longer to bring the ball up there,” said Beeler.
However, the coach and players know full well that they have obstacles in their way, including losing senior Megan Milliken to injury and captain (and 1,000-point scorer) Karlee Alves just returning from one. No matter what happens for the rest of the season, Beeler said this year’s team is comprised of fighters.
“We didn’t have many scorers besides Karlee,” she said, “so that was limited, but we fought every game, and we improved our defense. We’re starting two freshmen and a sophomore, so it’s been a rebuilding year, but they fought really hard.”
At press time, the Knights were still waiting for other games to take place, before they would learn who their NCCC first-round opponent will be.
The Knights would also be seeded #15 in the CIAC Class M tournament, but results were not yet final at press time.
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