By John Fitts
SOUTHINGTON — At the beginning of the season, the Varsity Girls Basketball team had one goal in mind – returning to Mohegan Sun to take on Thomaston, the very team that defeated Canton by two points in the Class S Championship game last year.
“We wanted to play Thomaston,” coach Brian Medeiros said at a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference press conference and luncheon at the Aqua Turf on Wednesday. “To them if they had a shot at it, it was going to be Thomaston.”
“Hearts were broken and spirits were crushed,” senior Emma Charron said of last year during her speech at the event. “However, as it is often said, never let a loss define who you are.”
At the beginning of the season, the girls were intent on that very goal of getting back to Mohegan for this year’s championship. In the middle of the season, their faith perhaps wavered a little, especially after back-to-back loses to Bolton and Avon on Jan. 29 and Feb. 4.
“There was a lot of talk about this happening in the beginning of the year and then we dealt with some lows and got into a little bit of a slump and I think that talk kind of went away,” Medeiros said.
But following those defeats, Canton turned things around, players re-focused and the coach tried a few new strategies.
“The talk started back up again and you saw a different side of this team, and a different demeanor,” he said. “The hard work paid off and we’re back. It’s a very cool thing.” … Continue Reading