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Monday, February 1, 2010

Dulin, Eagles Continue To Soar

Casey Dulin is the type of player who can explode for a headline-worthy point total on any given night. So it’s hard to believe a cluster of quiet performances this season have come from a player that is capable of so much more. But it hasn’t been a matter of Dulin not playing up to her potential.

Nope, not at all.

Law is simply proving it doesn’t need Dulin to have a huge game in order for the Eagles to soar. Instead, second-year coach Heather Saucier’s system has created players eager and able to share the load with Dulin.

“She embraces it,” Saucier said about how Dulin has handled Law’s balanced attack. “Casey loves it. She’s really excited about how her supporting cast has gotten so much better. She knows she can’t have a really great season unless everyone is getting involved.”

And it seems to be a superb season in the making. The Eagles have won seven straight, and in the midst of the streak, they upset one of the state’s best in Hillhouse 54-49 Tuesday. They could potentially earn a share of the Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division title, and Academics coach Catrina Hawley-Stewart calls Law a contender for the Class M state title.

Sure, the ball will be in Dulin’s hands if the Eagles need a basket down the stretch. She came up with the winner in a victory over Hand two weeks ago. After all, she will be playing in college at Marist next season.

When needed, she can provide Law with a high-scoring game (28 points against Sheehan), and she did break the Law girls’ career scoring record (previously 1,453 points) during a 22-point effort Friday in a win over Sacred Heart Academy.

But with players like Kim Legen (9.3 ppg), Amanda Keator (12 points against Hillhouse) and Phoebe French (15 3-pointers), the Eagles are even tougher.

“It’s extremely important,” Saucier said of Law’s balance. “You can’t win a championship without it. I teach them to understand the game and that it doesn’t revolve around one player. All these kids really believe in themselves.”

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