Sunday, December 8, 2013
A few notes from Cony’s 52-33 win against Oxford Hills in Augusta on Monday night.
• The Rams are four wins away from an unbeaten regular-season which would be their first since 2006. That year, they lost to Sanford in the Class A state final. They last finished unbeaten, including the tournament, in 2005.
• This year’s team doesn’t have the size that those mid-decade team possessed. Melanie Guzman is the team’s tallest player at 5-foot-10. But the Rams do get after it on the boards. In addition to Guzman, Josie Lee and Mia Diplock, both 5-8, are good rebounders. Lee leads the conference at over 11 boards a game.
• Cony’s big three also set the example when it comes to playing hard. All three hit the floor numerous times Monday for loose balls. “If anybody watches the film, she was all over the place,” Cony coach Karen Magnusson said of Guzman. “I felt like it was a 6 on 5 having Guz go all over.”
• Lee, likewise, dived on the floor, often just to get a hand on the ball. “That’s one thing I think our team does well. When they see that people want to join them.”
• Colby College women’s basketball coach and former Cony star Julie Veilleux took in Monday’s game , watching, among others, Diplock who is expected to attend the Waterville school next year.
• Like many teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference next year, Oxford Hills should be a contender. They return point guard Abbie Eastman and center Alex Rowe who combined for 22 of the team’s 33 points. “Other kids on our team have to be confident to shoot the ball,” Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier said. “They have the ability to.”
• The Vikings (6-8) have developed a good rivalry with Cony and have pulled a couple of recent upsets. “They love playing against Cony,” Pelletier said. “For us over the last four or five years it’s been a pretty big rivalry for us.”
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.