BRATTLEBORO -- Last year’s Hinsdale girls varsity basketball team has something in common with the 2007 New England Patriots.
They both went undefeated during the regular season.
The Pacers, who returned their top three scorers, will take the first step to matching that perfection when they open up at home versus Concord Christian on Monday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
"We should be a very good defensive team and a team that can get out and run the break. We are not a particularly big team so rebounding will be a challenge and focus of ours," stated Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette. "Our strategy is to play tenacious defense every night and to play an inside-out game and utilize any matchup advantages we have."
The coach said that his starting lineup will consist of Skylar Bonnette, Allison Scott, Brianna Benjamen, Bridget Bourne and Skyler Leclair.
"We have four seniors in the starting lineup that provide a lot of experience and ability," noted coach Bonnette, adding that returnees Katherine Fecto and Meghan Finnell should see playing time at the guard/forward positions.
Is there a better backcourt in Division 4? Bonnette and Scott each averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists as juniors, and both guards are deadly from beyond the arc.
Bourne, who has the ability to take over in the paint, averaged 10 points and eight boards last season. Benjamen was one of the team’s leading defenders, along with graduates Kenzie Bonnette and Roxy Toussaint, and she can also provide some instant offense.
The Pacers went 18-0 during the 2013-14 regular season, before winning consecutive home playoff games -- "the Stable" was packed for each of those, with athletic director Mike McCosker often pumping up the crowd by waving a towel over his head, and super fan Mikey Batts encouraging the hosts by screaming "here we go, Sky" or "come on, girls!"
Hinsdale would then lose to Groveton, 45-32, in a semifinal game at Plymouth State University, to finish the season with a 20-1 record.
Hinsdale roster: Coach -- Terry Bonnette. Players -- Skylar Bonnette, Allison Scott, Bridget Bourne, Brianna Benjamen, Tessa Pierce, Katherine Fecto, Meghan Finnell, Kaitlyn Towle, Jaqueline Atkins, Skyler Leclair.
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