Although the Chelsea High girls basketball team saw their season come to an abrupt end with a 62-31 loss to Arlington in the opening round of the MIAA Division 2 North sectional state tournament last Wednesday at the local gym, CHS head coach Matt LaBranche said that the outcome did not diminish his team’s accomplishments this season.
“I told the girls that they have a lot to be proud of,” said LaBranche. “They won a league title and will be hanging a banner in their gymnasium. They had a great year.”
After a closely fought first few minutes of the contest, Arlington opened up a 13-6 advantage by the first period which the visitors expanded to 34-15 at the half, a deficit from which Chelsea never was able to recover.
Shuly Sejour, who was named the Player of the Year in the Small Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, led the Lady Red Devils with 11 points. Senior Victoria Perez added seven. Madeleine Vielmann, Tatiana Fontes, and Khiana Binford hit for four apiece and Cristina Fernandes sank a free throw.
Joining Sejour with post season accolades were teammates Perez, Fontes, and Lindsay
Fuentes, all of whom were named all stars and will compete in the CAC all star contest Sunday at
Presentation of Mary.
In addition, LaBranche was named the CAC Small Division Coach of the Year for guiding his charges to the league title with a perfect 10-0 Small Division record and an overall mark of 13-4. The Lady Red Devils also led the league with the fewest points allowed on the season.
“We’re looking to build on the success we had this year,” said LaBranche. “We did very well in our league, but we know now that if we want to compete in a Division 2 state tournament, we need to step up our game. That will be our challenge for the off season.”