Bartlett High School Girls’ Basketball has a very proud tradition, which was redefined by the 1994-1995 Girls’ Basketball Team. It is general consensus, especially among fans, that the 1994-1995 team was the best ever. The Indians were 16-1 in the regular season, capturing the Border Conference title for two consecutive years, winning their second consecutive District Championship, and finishing the year with an overall record of 20-2, losing in the State Championship game.
The team was composed of outstanding student-athletes who were not only teammates but also friends. These girls were tough! Their defense was suffocating! Coach Paranto, a 2006 BHS Hall of Fame member was quoted “we will run and hopefully take 90 shots a game.” The 1994-1995 team averaged 72 points per game while holding their opponents to an average of 42 points per game. The team’s average margin of victory was 30 points.
The 1994-1995 Lady Indians were led by senior tri-captains Courtney Halloran, Jennifer Chauvin, and Sara Hilton along with the sophomore trio of Kathy Neff, Kelly Neff, and Abby Charbonneau.
Besides averaging 72 points per game, this team was also known for its stifling defense, running, and outright hustle all over the floor. Every loose ball seemed to be theirs! The defensive pressure exerted by the ’94-’95 team was relentless and led by Amy Ostrowski, Danielle Cabral, Mara Lounsbury, Laurel Downey, Lisa Surozenski, Lisa Melendez, and Maurissa McGeary. Pulling down rebounds for the Indian squad were specialists Shelby Saad and Erin Halloran. Making sure the girls received everything they need from ice to tape was Trainer/Manager Christine Martin.
Assistant coaches Dick Chauvin and John Daniel gave the girls the knowledge, basics, and introduction that helped Coach Paranto pull their tenacious attitudes out of them and throw it on the court. Coach Anthony Paranto could substitute at will and this team could just keep running.
The team’s overall record from the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons is an astonishing 40 wins and 5 losses. The entire community felt the electricity that they brought to each practice and game. Their accomplishments are deserving of Hall of Fame recognition!