PLAINVILLE - It certainly was not the start to the season the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team wanted when it fell to Plainville 61-55 Thursday night.
Foul trouble hurt the Lancers as did a sluggish start, but neither head coach Tony Floyd or the players are worried.
“It’s the first game, I’m not worried about the first game,” Floyd said. “When we fell into foul trouble in the first half, we weren’t able to do what we needed to do and that’s press, run and transition.”
Bristol Eastern traded baskets with the Blue Devils early on. Then after finding some sort of rhythm midway through the second quarter, the Lancers were able to take a four-point lead and go into the half with a 27-23 led.
“When we had everyone going, we could score when we wanted too,” Floyd said. “It wasn’t their defense, it’s just we got to a point where I had my starters sitting on the bench.”
That made the Lancers go deeper into the bench than they wanted too and having that inexperience on the court came back to hurt them.
The Lancers sent Plainville to the foul line four different times in the matter of two minutes. The Blue Devils went 5-for-8 at the foul line to trail Eastern by one in the final minutes of the third quarter.
But while Floyd said it wasn’t the defense, sophomore shooting guard Jordan Ouellette thought that played a factor in the loss.
“We definitely need to work on rebounding and just playing defense overall,” Ouellete said. “And not letting them drive by and getting less fouls, we were in big foul trouble. We didn’t rebound enough, we didn’t box out, we didn’t get enough offensive rebounds to get the points to put us back in the lead.”
Plainville sparked and went on a 7-0 run with less than four minutes left to go in the game. Hannah Maghini sank a 3-point shot but it wouldn’t be enough as Eastern was outscored 23-18 over the final eight minutes of play.
“You need to adjust where you don’t get those types of fouls and that’s just maturity and things like that with the team,” Ouellete said.