By John Torsiello
With several top players returning, there is no reason to believe the Granby Memorial High School girls basketball team can’t at least duplicate last year’s 15-win season.
The Bears will look to veterans Julie Mazzotta (11 points, three assists, two steals a game), Krista Iwanicki (11 points, five assists and three steals a game), center Emily Uhl (five points, seven rebounds a game), Lauren Grashaw (three points five rebounds a game), and Maddie Dixon (two points, four rebounds a game).
“We are a very athletic team with a high basketball IQ,” said head coach Dean Godin, in his fifth year on the job. “We really like our chemistry and have a good idea of what we need to do to be successful.”
And that, he said, is to have the team’s third and fourth scorers step up.
“Our guard play is good but we need scoring from other positions.”
Top newcomers are sophomore guard Samantha Bates, sophomore forward/center Sam McAndrew, and sophomore guard Shae Matrel.
“As cliché as it sounds, we are focusing on one game at a time. We don’t want to make the mistake of looking too far ahead. We focus on our jobs and rely on our teammate to do what they are supposed to do.”
The coach believes Ellington, Avon, Windsor Locks and Canton will be the teams to beat in the North Central Connecticut Conference this season.
The Bears will play aggressive man-to-man defense and run a deliberate, orchestrated offense.