Enfield's goal for this year is to meet or surpass last season's run to the semifinals in the Class M tournament.
That task will be made difficult with two key players sidelined for the season by injury, including Danielle Delano, a 1,000-point scorer, who anchored the Eagle squad.
The Eagles do, however, return 6'3" center Mary Baskerville, who provides a presence in the paint on both ends of the court.
"Mary did a great job inside," said coach Jay Gaucher, after a decisive first game 63-27 rout of Glastonbury. "It's so much easier to coach when Mary isn't in foul trouble, and that was huge for us tonight. She's tremendous on defense, too."
"We're just asking everyone to step up," Gaucher said, adding that he saw that in the second half of the Glastonbury game. "We're just going to continue to grind with what we have, and we're going to continue to get better."
Gaucher said his team is looking forward to testing itself against every opponent, especially its next games against E.O. Smith and Middletown.
"We won't overlook anybody," the coach said. "The CCC is a gauntlet of a schedule, and we're going to be ready for it, one game at a time. Today, we're worried about being 1-0, and the next game about getting better, and the game after that is about getting better. When all the dust settles, we'll hopefully be where we want to be."
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