By Ryan Massad, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – In his eighth year as the Assabet Lady Aztecs” head coach, Frank Ferreer took the floor with one of the youngest and most inexperienced teams he has ever coached. That proved to be no problem for Ferreer, who led his girls to a 14 – 6 regular season record, one that becomes even more impressive considering that the team's leader was only a sophomore.
In Tia Joubert's second year of high school, she has already put together a memorable career at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Her two older sisters also played for Ferreer, who could not be more pleased with the performance from his young leader.
“She is the best player in the Colonial Athletic League,” Ferreer said. “As a sophomore, she's already carried our team to victories. [Joubert] is very special, and her level of play will continue to improve with experience.”
Joubert was able to net 339 points this season, to go along with 7 steals per game, and 6 assists per game. With two full seasons left at Assabet, Joubert is clearly one of the players to watch in Central Mass.
Although the Lady Aztecs had another strong regular season, they were bounced out of the first round of the Division 3 tournament after a 50 – 37 loss to West Boylston. However, that doesn's change the fact that the girls had a tremendous run, with a future that looks to be even more promising.
“Every once and a while you get to coach a team that not only has a lot of potential, but is hardworking and eager to learn,” the coach said. “The nucleus of this team is sophomore players, headed by Joubert, and I think these kids are going to be very special over the next two years.”