Colonel girls debut Friday

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BRATTLEBORO — Two years after its Cinderella season, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls basketball team is aiming to make another run to the Division 1 Final 4.

"There is much to learn and develop, but with this group's energy and passion it makes it easy to teach and coach," remarked BUHS bench boss Paul Freed. "We will have many bumps along our journey together, but eventually I can see some very encouraging and promising things on the horizon."

After starting out 2-10 and rallying to become the first No. 14 seed in Vermont history to reach a semifinal, in 2015-16, the Colonels went 10-10 last season — losing to BFA-Saint Albans in a first-round playoff game. The purple and white then lost starters Devin Millerick, Gabby Carpenter and Shenise Taliaferro to graduation.

"It is a time of opportunity for others. Our four returning players, I feel, are ready to step up and pick up that slack," said Freed, referring to Megyn Ayotte, Hailey Derosia, Lauren McKenney and Rachael Rooney.

Derosia ended up with seven points, seven rebounds and four assists in last season's tournament contest. Ayotte went off for a dozen points during a regular-season game against Burlington, while McKenney and Rooney added eight apiece.

"Hailey is ready to go to that next level and look to be more aggressive as a scorer. Rachael has looked like a different player — she was just a mere freshman last year and seems to have made the adjustment to the varsity game," coach Freed stated. "Lauren McKenney is our lunch pale type player who comes to work hard every day. She also has exhibited much more confidence. And finally our lone senior, Meg, has approached her final year with a good attitude and seems ready to step up and be more offensively minded."

The coach noted that all four of them are doing an excellent job mentoring, encouraging, and making the new athletes feel welcome and part of something special.

Bri Moore, Matt Leblanc and Meg McLaughlin are assistant coaches for the Colonels, who will debut in the Leland & Gray Tip-Off Classic on Friday and Saturday in Townshend.

Brattleboro schedule

Dec. 8 — vs. BBA, at Leland & Gray, 6 p.m.

Dec. 9 — at Leland & Gray, 1 p.m.

Dec. 14 — host Otter Valley, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 — at Saint Johnsbury, 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 20 — host Mount Greylock, 7 p.m.

Dec. 23 — at Burlington, 1 p.m.

Dec. 27 — host CVU, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 — at South Burlington, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 2 — host Saint Johnsbury, 7 p.m.

Jan. 5 — host Hartford, 7 p.m.

Jan. 9 — at Windsor, 7 p.m.

Jan. 12 — host Fair Haven, 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 — host Mount Mansfield, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 — host Drury, 7 p.m.

Jan. 27 — host Rutland, 1 p.m.

Feb. 1 — at MAU, 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 — at Mill River, 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 — host MAU, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 — at Rutland, 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 — at BBA, 7 p.m.


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