Clarence girls basketball relies on experience of Budzinski
The junior point guard has welcomed that leadership role – a duty made much easier by a quality group of teammates on her side.
“I guess it’s a lot of pressure,” she said. “But it’s really nice working together with all of these girls. We’re a really hard-working team and we’re playing really well.”
Leadership has always been a big part of Budzinski’s game. This year she serves as a tri-captain with Allie Benkovich and Sarah Quinn.
Budzinski is once again the team’s leader in assists. While her offensive statistics might not be eye-popping - she averages a little more than 5.6 points per game - her floor presence is invaluable as the young team battles the best big schools in Western New York.
“She does a great job handling the ball and being a leader out there,” Clarence coach Erin Booker said.
In fact, there are no overwhelming statistics on the Red Devils this season. Last season, the Red Devils were led by standout Torri Nappo’s 16.7 points per game but in 2012-13 defense and balanced scoring have been more prevalent. Nobody on the roster has averaged double-figures in scoring but Budzinski is one of four girls to average more than 5 points per game.
“We play really hard as a team,” Budzinski said. “We’re playing well together and our D is really good.”
Indeed, defense has been a major part of the success Clarence has seen this season. The Red Devils held six of their first nine opponents below 40 points.
As postseason time looms, the Red Devils will have a big challenge ahead against some of the top large schools.
“Hopefully we can just keep working hard and playing well as a team,” Budzinski said. “We just want to keep playing well.”