HARVARD -- The 2013-2014 season was a learning experience for all of those involved with the new-look Bromfield girls' basketball program.
From first-year head coach Mike Davidson and assistant Rachel Chapman to the players, the Lady Trojans learned a lot about who they could become.
"Every day was something new," Davidson said of his first head coaching job. "From the start of the season on Dec. 2 -- I had the girls in the gym every single day -- it's a very good thing. At the same time, it is challenging, too. But, the good thing about having them every day is that you can work on whatever you want."
Davidson knew he had a steep task ahead of him in his first season with the graduation of senior standouts Montana Burke, a 1,000-point scorer, and guard Casey Magrath, who is now a freshman player at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
"It was a learning experience on both ends," Davidson said of the season. "It was the junior class, who had very little experience at whatever level they played at. It was my first varsity head coaching job, and it was my JV coach's first job coaching basketball, anyway. "
Toward the end of the season, freshmen like Lexi Norcross started to settle into their roles. Norcross came into the season having zero varsity experience, but Davidson gave her a chance at the forward position, and he was amazed with her ability to drive the lane and convert.
One of the more seasoned girls on the team was sophomore center Amanda Accorsi, who saw a boatload of minutes last year under the previous coaching regime of Mike Dube, who has since moved on to take the head coaching gig at West Boylston.
"Amanda Accorsi had the most varsity experience on the team as a sophomore," Davidson said. "She was a varsity player, who played a significant role off the bench last year. She has been through the grind. We have 18 players in the program from eighth-grade from up through the junior class, who had little experience at whatever level they played at. Even in a limited role, Kyra Doher became tougher and more physical inside for us. Again, she is making baby steps forward -- she has her senior year to look forward to."
However, with four juniors, no seniors and a slew of underclassmen, Bromfield still managed to win six games, but Davidson does not feel comfortable measuring his team's success on wins-and-losses alone.
"If you had asked them in their hearts at the start of the season how many games they would win, they would probably say a couple," he said. "To get to six was really good. I don't want to focus on the fact that we won six games," he said. "I want to highlight what with a 6-14 record, we were able to accomplish.
And, that was beating Maynard who was above us in the season standings in our season finale. It seemed like everything we did was one step forward." Bromfield junior Amy Jorgensen, along with Accorsi, were selected to the Mid-Wach D All-Star team. The girls will play in the All-Star game on March 17 at 7 p.m. in Hudson.