Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The basketball season concluded for both the men’s and women’s teams in mid-February. Though the players and coaches of the women’s team may be disappointed with missing the playoffs, they took enormous strides forward as a program.
After coming off a 4-21 season, this year’s women’s team improved to 10-15. Although the team posted a sub-500 record, five of the women’s losses were by less than 10 points.
The women’s team ended their season with an 87-67 win on the road against Pine Manor, led by a 30-point (11-15 FGM-A) effort by freshman Molly Lauver. They were unfortunate to lose on Valentine’s Day 64-60 to Anna Maria on senior night, though senior Kim Archibald was outstanding (10 points) in the final home game of her career.
There is no denying Archibald’s skill and presence will be missed, but a young roster looks promising for the future. Furthermore, Coach Carla Flaherty completely restructured the team’s strategy from last season. With a year of the new playing style under their belts, the women’s team looks to have a promising future.
The men’s season ended with a 78-66 home loss to Emmanuel College. With the winner of the game making the playoffs and the loser missing out, it was certainly a tough loss to swallow for the men’s team.
Given the circumstances in the passing of senior Sean Bertanza, losing junior Brandon Ganesh to a season ending injury, and missing senior Arthur Alexander due to ineligibility, the team showed it’s potential of what they could become. Returning from winter break with a 1-8 record, the season could have ended a lot worse. They were persistent and players stepped up into their new roles. Although 6-19 doesn’t appear to be a successful season, the men’s team did a fine job given what they went through.