But Fagula added those Nashua teams included far more Division 1 and Division 2 college recruits than his Londonderry teams have had.
“So those kind of kids, you can be a little more aggressive and demanding of as opposed to the high school kid that’s just finishing high school and that’s all they’re going to play,” Fagula said. “It’s not like all the kids are scholarship kids. And you can’t treat them that way. So I’ve been a little more mellow, not all the time, but more than I was, and I think understanding of the fact that there are other things in their lives other than basketball.”
Londonderry sophomore Jackie Luckhardt joked about Fagula: “On the inside sometimes he just wants to scream.”
Defending Division 1 champion Bedford poses a great challenge for Londonderry. Bedford beat the Lancers 50-36 on Feb. 19 but Simpson did not play because of a fracture below her kneecap.
“We’re just going to have to D-up,” Simpson said. “They have shooters. They have a quick point guard.”
Fagula stressed his team must play physical because Bedford plays physical. He added his girls match up physically with Bedford better than any other Division 1 team.
He also said his girls must reduce turnovers, match Bedford’s intensity and take wise shots each offensive possession.
“If you don’t do those three things, you’re not going to win,” Fagula said. “And I think we have the capability of doing that.”
Fagula’s defense must control Bedford 5-8 point guard Rachel Collins.
“When we played them at their place, she had more points than I expected,” Fagula said. “She’s a good free throw shooter. She’s a good ballhandler. She plays good defense. But she took a few more outside shots than I excepted her to take and she made some of them.”