WILTON, Conn. Jaclyn Woitkowski took over a Wilton High girls basketball program four years ago that usually finished in the basement of the league. Now the Wilton girls just capped one of their best seasons ever, winning their first conference playoff game since 1996 and qualifying for the state tournament for the second straight year. In a phone interview with The Daily Wilton, Woitkowski said she is confident the best is yet to come for Wilton High girls basketball.
The Daily Wilton: Congratulations on a great season coach. First, can you talk about the journey the outgoing seniors have been on since you came in?
Jaclyn Woitkowski: Maddy Fulton, Haley Tafuro, Kelly Brosko and Brooke Morris have all left a great mark behind in regards to the temperament and the mannerisms of the program. Theyve been with me the entire time, and it was important I worked with leaders to portray how I pictured the program to be successful. They did it on the court and in the community, and theyve left a great mark for the younger girls.
TDW: It says a lot that youre going to come into next season expecting to be right back in the playoff hunt. How far has this program come and how far can it go?
JW: We have excellent talent, we have girls who know the game and they want to work hard. I think we now have girls in the program who enjoy the game, have great self-esteem, theyre competitive and they want to win. The girls have high expectations for themselves, and they dont want to let each other or the coaches down.
TDW: What kind of development are you expecting next year from the freshmen who made an impact this year and perhaps young players who played junior varsity this year?
JW: I think the freshmen are going to offer even more quality minutes than they did this year. Were going to see tremendous growth from all of them, I think. They handled this year quite well, and that will be a plus for next year and the two years following that. I think well see JV players like Sarah Dickinson, Hannah Mattallah and Makenna Pearsall who would be playing with her sister [Casey].
TDW: What was your favorite memory of this season?
JW: I think just getting to the [conference] semifinal. Losing to Danbury stunk, but getting back to the semifinals on a consistent basis is attainable. I just feel so great for the girls because their hard work has paid off. We played together for so many months and never had any concerns or issues. We just played and had a great time together.
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