CIAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sheehan hopes to recapture the spirit of ’76

Inglese spoke to the girls about winning the state championship in 1976 ‘ Inglese was on the ground floor of the implementation of Title IX, the federal mandate that extended sports to females.

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The 2018-19 Sheehan girls basketball team is hoping to give that banner some long awaited company. Today, the No. 13 Titans square off with No. 2 Cromwell in the Class M state championship game at 3:30 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

For some inspiration and historical perspective, Sheehan coach Mike Busillo had the star player from that ’76 squad, Cathy Inglese, speak to his team at practice on Thursday.

‘I think it’s important if we embrace our history and, hopefully, bring another state title back to Sheehan on Sunday,’ Busillo said. ‘She’s a great lady. Her sister (Nancy) actually teaches at Sheehan. She was on that ’76 team as well. If you Google ‘Cathy Inglese’ and look at her Wikipedia page, you understand what kind of coaching career she had. She was unbelievably successful.’

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