Farmington has tried to avoid and ignore all the GameTimeCT.com / Register Top 10 poll talk. The Indians are taking it a game at a time. However, even then it is hard not to peek at the rankings.
“We all follow it and are interested in it,” admitted senior forward Sophie Borg. “I think sometimes we’re underrated, but I kind of like it that way.”
The Indians entered the poll tied with Mercy at No. 2. After the former No. 1 Tigers lost by 40 points against the former No. 2 team and current top-ranked team in the state, Capital Prep, talk started of where the Indians truly belong in the poll.
This season Farmington is 14-0. While Borg is averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game, junior guard Cheray Sanders has added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals a contest and Taft-transfer student Hannah Friend is posting a team-high 23 points per game with five rebounds and three steals.
“Honestly, we should be in that talk,” Friend said. “We have a great team.”
Coach Russell Crist said his team is great, but is still a work in progress. He said the Indians have done their part to make his job easy, though.
“We just have a bunch of girls who are unselfish and want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes,” he said.
Part of the reason is related to the team’s finish last season. The Indians dropped their first game of the year to Weaver and were knocked out of the Class L semifinals against the same Beavers to close 2014.
“That game took a lot from us,” Saunders said. “Ending our season and starting our season with a loss to the same team, it sucked. We just think that as a team we’ve grown and become so much better.”
Part of that growth was aided by a new addition. When Friend transferred from Taft to Farmington, and moved from Albany, New York to the Nutmeg State, Saunders and Borg tried to make Friend feel comfortable.
“It all started in fall league,” Saunders said. “Even when she came to school here, we helped give her a tour around and talked to her a lot.”
And after meeting the team, and playing with them in the fall, she was impressed.
“Moving here from Albany, New York, I knew they had a lot of talent. But I never pictured this much talent,” she said.
Borg has been in the program for four years and even she was a bit surprised after fall league concluded.
“This is the most talented Farmington team I’ve been a part of,” she said.
If Farmington is talented enough to get over the hump and reach the Class L state title game, it could face Capital Prep.
“I think we could compete with them,” Saunders said. “We’re just as talented, if not better.”
However for now, the Indians are trying to take it a game at a time, even if every once and a while, they look at the rankings.
“You see it in the newspaper, see it on TV, you’ve got to pay attention to it,” Friend said. “But you have to focus on your team, what we’re doing, why we should be the best team, why people should look at us.”