Cambridge girls basketball begins season preparation

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — With the calendar turning to November just about a week ago, it can mean only one thing for high school athletes across the area: the beginning of winter sports.

For the Cambridge girls basketball team, Monday was the first day of practice and the first official day to work off some of the rust that may have accumulated since the last time they stepped on the floor together during the 2016-17 season.

The Indians ran through a bunch of different drills throughout Monday's practice, and yes, there were many sprints to go around. Cambridge worked a lot on dribbling and shooting and communicating on the court, while working with head coach Tony Bochette and assistant coach Bob Phillips.

For Bochette, it was nice to get everyone back on the court together after a long off-season.

"It's always great when the season starts, new hope, new expectations," Bochette said. "We've got a group that has played for a long time. We might be starting first day of practice, but we're picking up where we left off and that's the goal, to get better every day."

Cambridge returns a veteran group with a slew of seniors on the roster, including center Helen Mooney, forward Hailey Herrington and guard Grace Snyder.

Mooney was limited in Monday's practice due to football season still going on, as she is the place kicker for the Indians, who just won a sectional title.

Cambridge also has the sharp-shooting of freshman Sophie and Lilly Phillips. who both figure to play a major role for the Indians this season.

Bochette knows that having a veteran group will be very valuable come the regular season.

"It's a really great situation. I've coached most of them for four years now," Bochette said. "We kind of know each other and know where everybody's at and know what we're looking for out of each other. They can help bring up those younger kids that are going to fill out our roster."

With Monday being the first day of practice, Bochette is just looking for constant improvement out of his roster and is hoping as the days go on they will round into regular season form.

"We're just looking to get back into basketball condition. A lot of them are soccer players and they're in great condition for soccer, but basketball is a different kind of conditioning," Bochette said. "By the end of the week, we should probably be full bore into everything we do."

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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