Windjammer jayvees excel on court with 14-3 mark
Rockport — If this year's Camden Hills Regional High School girls junior varsity basketball squad's record is any indication, it looks as if the Windjammer varsity ship will be chugging full steam ahead for the next few years.
The Windjammers, led by coach Doreen Robbins, had a sensational season, finishing with a 14-3 mark.
"I believe the best thing about this year is our adjustment overall, and improving from game to game," said Robbins. "We planned as well as anyone can for a jayvee team to do the best we can to get better to reach our goals as a team."
Team members for the Windjammers were Laura Paraluppi, Macy Buck, Carly Gilbert, Hannah Wincklhofer, Cheyenne Jones, Eliza Boetsch, Paige Widdecomb, Paige Morgridge, Jane van der Schaaf, Annie Young, Kristen Keiran, Maddie Bowman, Brooke Benson and Kathryn Snyder.
The team's only losses on the campaign came at the hands of Belfast, Morse of Bath and Oceanside, with the loss against the Mariners coming by two points in the final game of the regular season.
Leading the 'Jammers were van der Schaaf (7.9-point average, 6.4-rebound average), Boetsch (7.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.8 steals), Bowman (6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1 assist), Buck (6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.5 steals) and Wincklhofer (2.2 steals, 1 assists).
Bowman (67 percent), Buck (65 percent) and Boetsch (62 percent) were the team's top free-throw shooters.
Robbins said one of the key reasons this year's team had so much success was each student-athlete knew their role and executed to precision.
"We did a lot of communication before games on what they were expected to do," she said. "I feel the girls that I didn't have in practices [who were with the varsity], we knew each other because I coached all of them last year or in the summer."
Robbins expects to see growth in the players over the summer and hopefully, for many of her girls to make the jump to the varsity ranks next year.
"I believe we have a lot of talent in our next few years and they know they have to play [and] get stronger in the offseason to do that," she said. "There's a lot of offseason basketball to be played and summer camps and tournaments scheduled already."
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