Added Niles: “When I coach junior varsity soccer, I always tell the young kids, ‘you are going to do well because you have talent. But there’s going to be times in the season, or in the playoffs, when you play another team that is just as talented. Whether you win or lose those games will come down to the girls on the bench, and whether they are willing to give more for their teammates than the girls on the other team are willing to give for their teammates.’”
The girls on the bench have helped, but it is also the rest of the starting five that have come through for the Redskins. Senior forward Alannah Haggerty and junior guard Maggie Hall are both starters who have had big seasons.
Along with Cring, they are the stars of the softball team; Haggerty holds the CCS season record for highest batting average. Hall is not only the season leader for hits, doubles, triples and home runs, but with two softball seasons left at Cooperstown, she is already the career leader in doubles, triples and home runs.
Hall missed all of basketball season last year with injuries and Haggerty missed most of it. Their return has been a big boost to the team.
“Alannah Haggerty, she’s like our secret weapon,” Murdock said. “She’s been a huge surprise for us.”
Said Cring: “Alannah, she’s quiet, but she is tough and aggressive. Maggie has been a big key for us. She’s a great defender.”
Cring and Murdock are also complimentary about each other.
“Sumer has been a great leader,” Cring said. “She’s the best shooting guard around, in my opinion.”
“Nicole, obviously she has been our main player,” Murdock said. “She’s tall and strong and she’s a force inside with rebounds and blocks. I don’t even know how many big blocks she has made for us.”