CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — In the first year under coach Anthony Bochette, the Cambridge Central School girls basketball team had to play through some growing pains that every young team deals with. Now in year two, Bochette feels he has a team with experience, ready to burst on the scene this season.
"For the first time in a while here, we have a good amount of experience on our team," Bochette said. "We have eight girls returning from last season, so our team will have a good amount of experience and depth this year."
Last season, Cambridge had a up-and-down season, finishing with a 7-13 record and first round exit at the hands of Maple Hill in the first round of the Section II, Class C tournament. They struggled some in the Wasaren League, only winning twice in conference play.
All that is in the past, Bochette said, as the Indians are a team on the rise.
Cambridge returns eight players, four starters and are led by junior Lynn Brownell, a do-it-all point guard. She is followed by the Mooney sister tandem of Olivia, a senior, and Helen, a sophomore, who help complete the backbone of the Indians.
"We're lucky enough to have some good, talented players as our leaders this year," Bochette said. "Lynn and Olivia are both great veteran leaders for us, that can help lead us out there on the court."
The biggest strength of the team though will be its flexibility. The Indians only lost one starter and have the ability to play multiple lineups throughout the game, giving them more opportunities to get productions from each position on the floor.
Two players that will play a bigger role for Cambridge this season will be seniors Lila Nolan and Lilly Snyder. Both girls are expected to step up for the Indians offensively and defensively.
Bridey Nolan, Grace Snyder and Hannah VanDeWater will all play important roles for the Indians this season as well.
With the experience and talent they have this season, Cambridge has high expectations, including finishing with a winning record this season and also making an impact in the highly competitive Wasaren league. They are looking for its first winning season since 2011.
"We set out some big goals this year, when we began the season," Bochette said. "We want to finish the season with a winning record, and we feel we are a good enough team finish third or fourth in the Wasaren league."
Cambridge finished tied for sixth with Stillwater last year.
The key though for Cambridge to reach these goals, will be confidence.
"We need to have confidence in ourselves to succeed," Bochette said. "The girls have seen that when they're confident in themselves, they perform well. If all our girls are confident, we will play well as a team."
After a successful fall season in soccer, a sport most of the girls on the team play at Cambridge, the team should have some confidence going into this basketball season.
"I think the success in soccer will help the girls' confidence in basketball this year," Bochette said. "It's definitely not a bad sign."
Cambridge will begin the season with four straight road games, before its home opener against Stillwater on December 11.