WESTPORT — Trust the process has become a popular slogan in the world of basketball, but when looking at the Staples girls basketball program there is success in following the correct procedure.

After missing the state playoffs two years ago, the Wreckers finished the 2016-17 season with 12 wins and the berth into the Class LL postseason. Despite Staples falling in the first round, the foundation has been laid for a strong performance in the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Opening on the road in an out-of-conference matchup against Bethel, the Wreckers team have plenty to look forward to this season as they return several top players from a year ago.

While reigning FCIAC coach of the year Paco Fabian looks to have his team ready to make a push, the conference is loaded once again, and it will take a strong campaign for Staples to break through the top of the rest of the FCIAC.

LEADING THE WAY: Fabian is back after being named the FCIAC coach of the year in 2016-17. The fourth-year head coach of the Wreckers led the team to a 12-win season last year en route to a berth in the Class LL state tournament, where Staples fell to Stamford in the first round.

The Wreckers made it back to the state playoffs after failing to qualify in the 2015-16 season.

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Staples 2017-18 Roster

Abigail Carter

Kathleen Cozzi

Isabella Didio

Nicole Dienst

Ellen Fair

Arianna Gerig

Nicole Holmes

Marley Lopez-Paul

Kate Rutter

Marisa Shorrock

Sophie Smith

Amanda Troelstra

WHO’S GONE?: Staples will be without five key members of last years squad. The Wreckers loss center Ginny Gerig, forward, Marisa Pendarakis, and all three captains from a year ago in Olivia Troy, Rachel Seideman, and Julia Brower.

WHO’S BACK?: The Wreckers have several returning players that were vital in their 12-win season including sophomore Arianna Gerig, junior Elle Fair, and seniors Nicole Dienst, Amanda Troelstra, Sophie Smith, and Isa Didio

Smith and Dienst both will serve as captains for Staples.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Junior guard Elle Fair, hard nosed competitor will look to lead the Wreckers from the point in her third straight year with the varsity squad.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing five players to graduation, Staples has plenty of experience going around heading into the season. That veteran leadership will be important during the teeth of the Wreckers schedule later in the year.

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