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Girls Basketball Senior Day

Katie Cion

Thursday night, the 7-12 Staples Girls Basketball team went up against the 17-2 Trumbull Eagles in a do-or-die match-up, ultimately suffering a frustrating loss with a final score of 41-27 and failing to earn a spot in the state championship tournament.

Preceding the game, Allison April ’13, Fallon Bottone ’13, Nikki Bukovsky ’13, and Erica Stein ’13 were honored as a part of Senior Night celebrations. Coach Ed Huydic commended the players on the outstanding work ethic, commitment and leadership they have showed during their time in the basketball program.

After this pregame high note, the Wreckers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, with Trumbull scoring nine unanswered points in quick succession to give them an early lead.

And despite bursts of energy from Stein’s dynamic presence and a couple of clutch baskets from Bukovsky, who finished the game as Staples’ top scorer with 12 points, Staples, plagued by turnovers and the seemingly impenetrable Trumbull defense, could not get their momentum going.

“We knew going into this game that this would be a tough challenge,” said April.

Indeed, Staples went into the game a considerable underdog against the Eagles, who were number one in the FCIAC and 11in the state.

But even in the face of a season-ending loss, seniors found solace in the team’s passion and drive.

“Everyone left their hearts on the court and never gave up,” said Bukovsky.

Bottone, her teammate, added, “I couldn’t have imagined a better Senior Day, and I’m proud of how we played.”

Teary-eyed in the stands, Bottone’s mother Judy reflected on her daughter’s growth over the course of her career at Staples as it came to its close.

“It’s been a wonderful 4 years,” she said.

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Katie Cion, Editor-in-Chief
The only girl surrounded by a brand-new Bernese Mountain puppy and four brothers (one a twin) Katie Cion is used to chaos.  She believes that she thrives in it, which is one of the reasons she and Inklings are such a perfect match.  The bedlam, she says, “is a lot like home”. A multi-talented member of the Staples community, Katie dedicates her time not only to Inklings, but also TAG, the Yearbook, Student Ambassadors, National Honors Society, and Spanish National Honors Society.  An English lover, Katie’s pursuit of Inklings and journalism helped bring her appreciation of reading and writing into a real world application. “I’m not sure if I want to pursue a career in journalism, but if I do I want to write long-form articles, like in magazines.  It’s so cool to combine the literary and reporting aspects, to see all the work the writer(s) put in, and to have all those little details,” Cion said. With a wide range of articles ranging from news to sports to opinions, Cion’s prowess in the literary field is clearly apparent, as is the pride she takes in her position as Editor-in-Chief this year. “It was so rewarding to know the people I looked up to thought I would do a good job,” Cion said.  “It was nice to get affirmation from people you respect.” With an equally impressive and overwhelming schedule, it is remarkable how well Katie manages herself.  Her composure and kindness make her not only a phenomenal addition to the Inklings staff, but also a thoughtful and capable leader.

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