The CHS women’s basketball team ended its season on Feb. 10 with a first round Sectional loss to HSE, 47-45. The Hounds finished the season 14-7 and now have a few months to regroup before they begin preparing for next year.
Forward and junior Torrie Thornton said the team’s off-season begins after Spring Break in April, and she said she and her teammates will spend plenty of time playing basketball in the months that follow.
“Most of the girls on the team play AAU, so for the summer we are always playing,” Thornton said, “and our off-season will start in April, so we will be in the gym every day.”
Head Coach Scott Bowen said the team met on Feb. 16 to discuss the season that just ended and will continue working out a plan of attack for the next one.
“We sat down and talked about team goals, what we want to do as a team,” Bowen said. “Obviously we want to win our last game next year. We kind of came up with a team motto we are going to use next year and figured out some of the steps we are going to have to go through to accomplish that. A lot of them just have to do with talking more as a team and being better teammates—team chemistry is huge. We just need to get to that point where we are all on the same page.”
Although the Hounds had an early exit from the State tournament this season, Thornton said she has high hopes for next year. The team graduates only one senior, forward Annie Rubendunst, and Thornton said that returning six varsity players will play to the Hounds’ advantage next season.
“It’s definitely going to help with team chemistry,” Thornton said. “Even though we lost Annie who was our senior leader, all the sophomores will be back and a year older and Lucy (DeFruscio) and I will be seniors, so hopefully we can come together and do better next year.” By Andrew Browning <email@example.com>