Green Wave girls '5' experiences state competition
Goals were achieved this winter by the New Milford High Schol girls' basketball team.
Yet coach Bill Kersten and his Green Wave hardcourt crew likely wouldn't claim their 8-13 season an unequivocal success.
The NMHS distaff `5' did qualify for the CIAC Class LL state tournament.
The 27th-seeded Green Wave girls' tourney stay was brief, however, as they succumbed 70-32 to sixth-ranked Career Magnet of New Haven in a Feb. 26 playdown game.
The Green Wave has thus qualified for the state tournament two straight years after missing the postseason competition for several previous seasons.
Nor has NMHS qualified for the South-West Conference playoffs in recent years, one of the goals for this winter's squad.
That task is left for next year's team.
Among the steps needed to improve the program is finding more offense. While losing its final six games of the season, the Green Wave averaged less than 34 points per game and not once managed 40 in a contest.
Looking ahead, coach Kersten could employ some combination of this year's juniors, Maggie Grubb, Corinne Heymach, Alexis Kersten and Emily Llerena, and sophomores Brianna Benz, Gigi Fusco, Lindsey Heaton, Mel Horken and Olivia Seegers.
For graduating seniors Juliana Fusco, Jess Noteware and Lauren MacDonald, they can take heart in the knowledge they helped build a foundation for possible success for Green Wave girls' basketball.
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