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Friday, March 27, 2009


CCHS freshman girls clinch DCL-Small Conference Basketball Championship


CCHS freshman girls basketball team: (front row, left to right) Emmie Siebert, Jessie Castelline (co-captain), Lauren Tierney, Lily Gordon, Charlotte Clarke. (Back row, left to right) Alyssa Boisvert, Christine Erne, Coach Joe Leone, Caroline Campbell (co-captain), Currin Wallis, Maggie Whitlock, Teresa Ventura and Hannaha Merry. Carlisle students in bold.
(Photo by Steve Tierney)

The CCHS freshman girls basketball team finished an excellent 11 – 2 season, clinching the Duel County League (DCL)Small Conference Championship. More evidence of excellence was the girls’ growth, both as individual players and as a team, and their gaining some valuable life lessons.

They exemplified the most important lesson – “power of attitude” – when confronted with adversity. This team always chose to meet the challenge, raise their game, play harder and more aggressively, and almost always came out on top.

Every one of the players contributed to this winning season. Teresa Ventura was injured all season but stayed with the team as the scorekeeper. Emmie Siebert provided hustle and rebounding, as well as great ideas for team bonding. Maggie Whitlock overcame injuries to provide huge minutes in the Wayland game with big defensive plays and rebounds. Christina Erne was the leader of the second group and played great on-ball defense as well as controlling the offense. Alyssa Boisvert was the most enthusiastic and added energy to practice and games. Her three-pointer early in the Wayland game provided a much-needed spark. Hannah Merry filled in during numerous games as forward and always contributed, especially in the Wayland game. Lauren Tierney was the most athletic player on the court. In the Acton-Boxborough game, she had at least ten steals that led to scores in the thrilling come-from-behind win. Lily Gordon ran the point for the first group and many times for the second as well. Injured for the first three weeks of the season, she never gave up and worked through her injury to be a major contributor.

Charlotte Clarke scored the last two baskets of the year to give the girls the lead and the win over Wayland. This, however, is only a small part of what she did for the team. She rebounded, passed, played great defense and brought energy to the bonding sessions. Currin Wallis was the heart of the team. The girls fed off of her toughness. She never backed down. She had one speed – all out. Whether injured, tired, or with four fouls, she could only play one way. Jessie Castelline was the leading scorer and most determined. A quiet leader, she led by her energy and work ethic. When she came back into the Wayland game with five minutes to play and four fouls, she played as hard as she could and didn’t foul out, although she caused many turnovers and had a few steals. She also had two big assists on the last two baskets. Caroline Campbell was the soul of the team. A fierce competitor, she refused to lose She took over the game from the middle of the third quarter and led the comeback. Though it was a freshman team, for these girls, it was their varsity. Hopefully, the lessons they learned this year will lead them to be better varsity players one day, and more importantly, better people. Congratulations to the 2009 CCHS Freshman Girls Basketball team! ∆

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