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Week of Jan. 29: Balanced attack paces Centaurs past Ledyard

Five players in double figures usually translates to something good.

Such was the case for the Woodstock Academy girls basketball team on Thursday.

In their only outing of the week, the Centaurs dropped Ledyard, 61-45 on the Colonels’ home floor.

The lack of games bothered the Centaurs a bit prior to contests against New London and Bacon Academy the week before.

“We got used to the heavy workload early in the season. That last little stretch of one game a week hurt us a little but the motivation and intensity were both there (at Ledyard),” Woodstock Academy coach Will Fleeton said. “We  hit this little bit of a lull, again, but we were definitely more ready to play (against Ledyard).

The guard play was key.

Sophomores Isabel D'Alleva-Bochain and Kaylee Saucier each dropped a trio of 3-pointers on Ledyard.

D'Alleva-Bochain finished with a team-high 17 points while Saucier added 11.

The frontcourt was not going to be left out.

Junior Eva Monahan and sophomores Sidney Anderson and Vivian Bibeau each contributed 10 points apiece.

“I think we just took what was given,” Fleeton said of the point distribution. “(The guards) got open looks and they took them. We played the same game we normally do. I think it was just different opportunities for different defenses and that’s what they allowed so that’s what we took. We played inside-out like normal but it’s all the same because we capitalize on what the defense gives us.”

The win raised Woodstock Academy's record to 14-4 overall.

“The kids have played hard, committed to what we are trying to do. They are a high-character group and basketball is important to all of them. To have this success is critical but I really believe if we just play well, we will be OK. If we were 4-14, on the other side of things but we had played well, I would have been satisfied with that. My view of importance is different than most,” Fleeton said.

The Centaurs next return to the court on Friday, Feb. 9 for their final regular season home game of the season against Fitch at 7 p.m. 

“When you play so much early, everything is happening so quickly and you kind of lose track of time. Now that we’re at the back end, I’m able to look back at it all and say, ‘Holy Cow, it’s almost done.’” Fleeton said.