At just over six-feet tall, Cring leads the team in blocks and rebounds and is the third leading scorer. She had a high of 12 blocks on Jan. 26 in a league win at Waterville. She also is constantly preparing for softball, pitching four or five times a week.
At least six of the Redskins will play softball, but Murdock — the team’s leading scorer with 14.4 points per game —is different. Basketball is her only varsity sport this year. She is a “shooter” in basketball parlance, and she said she will always keep taking shots.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” she said.
Murdock practices her shooting like Cring practices her pitching. She said she practices shooting baskets every morning before school at the Clark Sports Center with her father Todd.
“Even before the season, I was going every morning with my dad to get ready,” she said. “I don’t think I am going to be playing in college, but basketball has been my life. I can’t even explain how important it has been to me and how important it has been to my family.
“I dream basketball,” she continued. “I can’t remember the last time I had a dream that wasn’t about basketball.”
Freshman Liz Millea has been another surprise. Millea took over at point guard, stepping into that role from the beginning of the season. She had her varsity high of 27 points in the second game, a Dec. 7 win over Mohawk, and then won the Section Three Class C Tournament Most Valuable Player Award in large part because of a 26-point game in the C-1 finals on Feb. 23, a 50-45 win against Little Falls.
“She’s mature emotionally and she has a great work ethic,” Niles said. “Off the court, she’s a young kid, but on the court, she isn’t. As soon as she goes into the game, you forget she is a freshman.”