Wraps: Team chemistry, new coach lead girls’ basketball to excel

The Newtonite

by Kristian Lundberg
Girls’ basketball’s season ended in the same way it did last year: a loss in the squad’s second tournament game.
What a difference a year makes.
Although the Tigers, 15-7, lost in the second round of the State Tournament, the end result was a strong first season under coach Linda Martindale after former coach Hank DeSantis retired.
Despite having lost four starters from the previous year’s team, the Tigers finished second in its conference.
“The kids and the coaching staff are really proud of how we handled ourselves on and off the court,” Martindale said.
A highlight of the team’s season, according to senior Gracie Rolfe, a captain with senior Kayla Farina, was the team’s comeback victory over ninth-seeded Stoughton Wednesday, Feb. 29.
“It was exciting to have a playoff game at home; that was a really cool experience,” said Rolfe.
Next year’s captains are to be decided.