Since Christmas is just days away, it’s basically mandatory that every writer with a blog post something with a Holiday theme (it’s not, but should be). So here goes, below are a few team’s unofficial Christmas list’s. Mine contains a new camera, new wardrobe and a PS4. But, you don’t care. Enjoy!
Mercy Tigers (4-0)
They are winning games by an average of 34 points and had Amity, a good, talented, deep team down 17 in the early goings of the game. The Tigers got their gifts early, I guess.
Career Panthers (4-0)
2. Another Tanaya Atkinson
3. Balanced scoring
The Panthers have a new core group of stars with Temple-bound senior Atkinson being flanked by North Haven transfer Brooklin Davis. Former starting point guard Alyssa Alston is attending prep school in New York and sharp shooter Nicole Anderson is draining 3’s for the Jaspers at Manhattan. Davis can’t play yet, sitting out 10 games since she transferred. Atkinson’s been doing it all, averaging 32 points per game. Not sure if an athletic 6-feet tall swing can fit down a chimney, oh well.
Cromwell Panthers (3-1)
1. A new 29-game winning streak
The Panthers went 28-0 last season en route to a Class M crown. Cromwell opened this season with a victory, but lost to Morgan in the second game of the season 54-44, ending the Panthers 29-game winning streak. Furthermore it proves how wide open the Shoreline Conference is because Haddam-Killingworth topped Morgan two days before the Huskies victory over the defending SLC champs, but I digress. With the notion of running the table, off the table, the Panthers can focus on taking it one game at a time with two straight dubs. Who knows, more solid play and 27 games later they could be without a loss yet again…and if they leave cookies and milk out. It’s all about the cookies and milk.
Hillhouse Academics (1-3)
The Academics have the potential to be a very solid team this season. However, giving up just over 70 points per game is not the way to achieve that. Defense takes time and chemistry, and with Shyla Osmond running the point, Alexis Beene patrolling the inside and the guidance of coach Catrina Hawley-Stewart, Santa might have some good ole’ fashion grit-and-grind basketball under the tree for the Acs.
Law Eagles (3-1)
1. More press
I know most coaches would give the politically correct answer and say they don’t want the hype, but these girls deserve it. I’m sure no one expected this fine a start for first-year coach Dan Young and the Eagles, not for lack of skill, but lack of attention. The SCC is loaded enough that teams like Law get lost in the shuffle. That could change after Christmas.
Lauralton Hall (2-0)
1. More games at the beginning of the year
I doubt that Chris Kringle’s got this in his bag of goodies, may be too late. The Crusaders aren’t the only two-game team at this point, and academics come first, but it would be nice to get out and play a game more than four times in the first month of the season.