It’s hard to sit on the bench in any sport. I know this from personal experience, though some time ago.
It’s especially hard in basketball, it seems to me. There are so few players — only five can play at any one time, and then there’s the tyranny of the clock: only 32 minutes to be parceled out in high school games, 40 in college.
At Middlebury College, two of the best players on this year’s talented team (5-0 so far, with two more home games this week), Kevin Kelleher and Ashton Coghlan, are sitting on the bench and haven’t played a minute this season.
MIDDLEBURY — A young and shorthanded Middlebury College women’s basketball team outlasted visiting Castleton on Tuesday for its first victory, 51-43.
The Panthers — who are playing this semester without key juniors Lauren Sanchez and Allison Needham, who are studying abroad, and on Tuesday were without senior guard Alana Wall due to a scheduling conflict — improved their record to 1-3.
Castleton dropped to 2-3 despite team highs from former Middlebury Union High School standout Katie Hoxsie, a senior guard, in minutes (36), rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (2).