GLASTONBURY - The way the Berlin girls basketball team sees it, it doesnâ€™t need a reminder of how far itâ€™s come this season.
After all, the Redcoats believe they are playing their best at the right time. The proof has been on the court.
Berlin started the season 3-6, and while everyone doubted the young â€śunderdogâ€ť team, it not only qualified for the Class M state tournament, but reached the semifinal round of the CCC Tournament before falling to Enfield.
â€śWe showed extremely well in the [CCC] tournament,â€ť Berlin head coach Sheila King said. â€śWe got further than anyone expected us to get, and itâ€™s going to pay dividends going into the state tournament. [Before the conference tournament] no one knew who these girls were, and I think now they know who they are. They deserve a world of credit for that.â€ť
Now, Berlin will spend the rest of the week tuning up for Class M state tournament, in which the 19th-seeded Redcoats will travel to No. 14 Stonington for a first round matchup Monday night.
If anything, Berlin expects to make another strong tournament run this season.
â€śWeâ€™re going to continue to practice. We canâ€™t take any days off,â€ť Redcoats guard/forward Angela Perrelli said. â€śWeâ€™re just going to keep working hard. Weâ€™re playing really well now compared to the beginning of the season, so I think itâ€™ll just carry over into states. States is going to be a good opportunity for us to play together.â€ť
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