By John Torsiello
Sam Rullo is fired up to take over the Simsbury High School girls basketball team after coaching the Coventry boys team to a 16-7 mark last year.
“Every one of the kids has amazing enthusiasm and a passion to get better every day. They are 100 percent willing to buy into a new system and extremely hard working. Four out of our top seven players are sophomores and freshman but they are fearless and don’t quit.”
Rullo is hoping to reenergize the Lady Trojans hoop program after a run of not making the Central Connecticut Conference tournament for over eight years, with no winning record during the time frame.
“These girls, especially the seniors, want to turn the program around starting this season by making the conference tournament and having a winning record.”
Simsbury has one important piece of the puzzle back, senior small forward Allie Davis, a two-time All-CCC West Division all-star who averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game last year. She is closing in on the 1,000 career point milestone and is one of the best all-around female players in the state.
Senior guard Caroline Murphy and her six points and three steals per game are also back, along with junior Kate Martensen, a center, who averaged six points and seven rebounds as a sophomore in 2012-13.
Rullo believe his team’s strength this season will be its quickness and man-to-man defense, while he is a tad concerned about its overall youth and lack of size.
“The keys to a successful season are to grow up quickly, minimize turnovers against pressure defense, and to be relentless on the defensive end.”
Davis and Murphy are captains for this year’s squad.