FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham High girls basketball team will open its season today, December 13, against Westborough on the road.
Sisters Julia and Hannah Gelman will lead the team for head coach Kristen Fucarile. This is Fucarile’s second season.
The team was 2-18 before she joined as coach. Last year, the Flyers improved – winning five games.
Framingham High will field a varsity team (15 players), a junior varsity team, (14 players), and a freshmen team with 15 players, said Fucarile.
The Gelman sisters “are the sort of captains that every coach hopes and wishes they would get each year. Their dedication, hard work and leadership shines through in and out of the season. They were leading all off season workouts and pick up leagues and now taking the role of floor generals,” said Fucarile, who said the duo will be the coach’s voice on the court.
Fucarile has two leading scorers returning – junior Ryleigh LaChance and sophomore Vienne Monestime.
LaChance, is a post player, who transferred from Maine last year and found a nice place on our team, said her coach.
“I remember seeing her at tryouts saying “who is that girl?” said Fucarile. “We had no idea she would be trying out and she was a pleasant surprise.”
Fucarile said “I have started to hear her voice this season and it is evident she has worked on her game in the off season. Her ability to bang up against some of the best players in the Bay State league was fun to see. She is going to be a player to watch this season.”
Monestime started for the Flyers as a freshman.
“It’s tough being a freshmen with a big role but she stepped up to the challenge. Toward the end of the year she was averaging 10-12 points a game with a few 20+ games,” said Fucarile.
“This year she comes back with more confidence with her ball handling and leadership on the court,” said Fucarile. “She runs the floor with speed and control and can play pretty much any position we ask her to.”
Fucarile said she is looking for her best defensive player on the team.
“Best defender…That is to be determined as we have a whole new team this year. Some strong defenders are Julia Gelman with her strong communication, Destiny Fausta, and Vienna Monestime with their aggressive on the ball defense and and Ryleigh LaChance with her ability to defend the paint,” said the Flyers coach.
Fucarile has eight new varsity players out of her 15-member team. She said three of the players will swing between varsity and junior varsity to start the season.
The Flyers first home game, and their first Bay State Conference match-up, is Friday night against the Milton High Wildcats at 6:30 p.m.