BRISTOL - With its 59-34 loss to Middletown on Tuesday, the Bristol Central girls basketball team is off to an 0-3 start and seeking any sort of confidence boost it can find to turn its season around.
Offensive struggles have plagued the Rams early on this year.
After the season opener against Bulkeley, in which Bristol Central scored 46 points, the past two games have left much to be desired on offense.
The Rams have averaged 24.5 points per game in those contests and against the Blue Dragons, defensive pressure disarrayed Bristol Central’s ability to produce points.
“I think we’re a lot better than we played,” junior guard Ashley Watson said. “In practice we’re running the plays right and making good passes. When we get in a game, I think we just need to handle pressure better.”
In the first three quarters, the Rams were limited to 15 total points.
Though, the final quarter of play may have given Bristol Central the confidence boost it had been looking for.
The Rams pushed the ball more and attacked the Blue Dragons’ defense. Rather than focusing on set plays, it was a more up-tempo offensive style of play and less strategy-centric.
“I think we were just playing faster,” senior captain Sarah Guerin said. “We just got the ball and ran. In the beginning we were trying to set up things and I just don’t think it worked out as well as when we were running faster on breaks.”
It led to 19 points in the quarter and six different Bristol Central players contributed in the scoring column, opposed to just four Rams in the first three periods.
Watson, Zoe Sinclair, Xia’ian Carrasco, Guerin, I’deara Gordon and Ashley Macdonald all scored in the final frame for Bristol Central.
The Rams could possibly implement a different offensive approach moving forward.
“Definitely in the end of the fourth quarter we started to play more towards our potential,” Carrasco said. “We started to pick things up rather than wait around. We started to play more aggressive, attacking and making passes. We weren’t so timid, like we were in the other quarters of the game.”
While the struggles have been there early, the success in the final period against Middletown gives Bristol Central reason to believe improvement is in store. With Maloney (1-3) on deck, the Rams have a good opportunity to do so.
“We gotta build on all the positives,” Bristol Central head coach Steve Gaudet said. “We’re off to a rough start at 0-3 and we’ve got to build off the little bit of momentum that we got there. We’ve got a winnable game coming up on Friday. We got to remain positive and come back to work tomorrow and start improving.”
Following Friday’s contest, the competition won’t get easier in the North Haven Christmas Tournament.