BRISTOL - Over the past two seasons, the Bristol Central girls basketball team has struggled to find success on the floor.
The Rams concluded their season Monday night with a loss to Bristol Eastern, finishing up their season 1-19.
It marks the second straight one-win season for Bristol Central.
And while the Rams’ play improved throughout out the year, the results didn’t come with it.
“I thought we played better down the second half of the season,” Bristol Central head coach Steve Gaudet said. “Games were a lot closer and we had games in the fourth quarter that we could have won. Early on, we lost some games that we shouldn’t have lost. But these kids got better as we went along and that’s all you can ask for.”
Seniors Xia’ian Carrasco, I’deara Gordon, Sarah Guerin, Ashley Macdonald, Gabriele Abramczyk and Zoe Sinclair all played their last game and did their best on the court.
Results aside, Gaudet couldn’t say enough of the six.
“Basketball is one of the longest seasons,” Gaudet said. “To have six kids go through that grind for four years and not have that much success is really a testament to them and their parents. They’ve learned a lot of life lessons and became a lot mentally tougher. They’re going to be great women.”
With those seniors departing, Bristol Central has some young talent that could provide success for the program in the coming years, both at the junior level and below.
A pair of juniors - Allison Jessie and Ashley Watson - have both shown glimpses of strong production at the guard position.
Jessie has the ability to make shots and knock down free throws and Watson does a little bit of everything on the court.
Both will be stepping into more primary roles next season as seniors.
Bristol Eastern may have got a preview of Bristol Central’s star in the making with freshman Gwen Torreso showing her ability to shoot.
Throughout the night, the Lancers’ defense was eyeing her down on the floor trying to prevent her shot.
While there may not be much to take away from a team that won just two games in as many seasons, if the Rams’ three younger players continue to develop and can fulfill the role as primary players on the court for Bristol Central, it may see better success moving forward.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org