BRISTOL - With both inexperienced and experienced players at the varsity level, the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team has been working towards finding an identity as the season progresses.
The Lancers have flashed potential on the floor, but one constant that has plagued Bristol Eastern at times has been inconsistency.
“The thing is that they’re inconsistent,” Lancers head coach Tony Floyd said.
“Against Enfield, I thought they put a really good game together. Almost four quarters of basketball. Against Middletown, we had a good half and then a bad third quarter. I think the thing is that today they showed a little bit more consistency. But they just can’t have that bad quarter. I think they understand that.”
Bristol Eastern’s inconsistency has showed throughout the year.
Key wins for the Lancers have come against Enfield, Wethersfield and Plainville.
Bristol Eastern also has a pair of losses that could be considered quality.
Against 12-1 Farmington, the Lancers lost by three points and against 8-5 Platt, Bristol Eastern lost by one.
The youth on the roster has been a big reason behind both the success of the team and the struggles.
While Paige McLaughlin (junior) and Karly Martin (senior) both see playing time, outside of those two and primary scorers Hannah Maghini and Miranda Janick, the Lancers are a young group.
The loss to Meredith Forman (junior) has added to the playing time of the younger players.
Jordan Ouellette (sophomore), Avery Arbuckle (sophomore) and Sage Scarritt (freshman) have all seen meaningful playing time for Bristol Eastern.
Ouellette has flashed the ability to score at a high level with multiple games in double digits. Both Arbuckle and Scarritt have been doing their part in helping fill the void of Forman, who played the forward position.
The two have done their best to cover opposing forwards and get rebounds for Bristol Eastern with Forman out for the season.
The progress of Arbuckle and Scarritt will be big if the Lancers make a postseason run.
All three have contributed for the Lancers but finding consistency will be dependent on the younger players stepping up.
“I think they need to work on communication,” Janick said. “I think they can go out on the floor but they’re not really ready for the whole part of it. They need to communicate on offense and defense.”
Bristol Eastern has seven games remaining on its schedule and two wins are needed in order to secure a playoff spot.
The schedule for the rest of the season will be a good challenge as it presents some tough matchups, highlighted by RHAM (11-1), Conard (10-3) and Rocky Hill (8-2).
With a tough schedule remaining and already boasting quality wins over strong opponents the Lancers are in position to continue growing and gaining experience.
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