BRISTOL - With the ball in Hannah Maghini’s hands down 48-46 with the chance to send the game into overtime or win it with a 3, the Lancers were in a good spot as Maghini was dominant in the final quarter of play against Farmington. against Farmington.
Maghini drove the lane and put up a shot that just missed. Her teammate, Jordan Ouellette, got a second chance opportunity that also rimmed out as the Lancers watched the clock hit 0:00 in the 48-46 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night.
“We had about four looks at the end there and it just didn’t fall for us,” Bristol Eastern head coach Anthony Floyd said. “But I’m pleased. We lost [Meredith Foreman]. She’s one of our starting forwards to injury in the last game. I had a sophomore and a freshman playing and I was pleased how they played.”
Maghini finished with seven points, all of which came in the final quarter of play.
Her backcourt mates Paige McLaughlin and Miranda Janick were also big for Bristol Eastern. Janick led the team in scoring with 15 points while McLaughlin had 12 points.
Coming into the second half of play, the game was tied 21-21.
The trio of Maghini, McLaughlin and Janick combined for a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
“The back court has been doing a great job,” Floyd said. “Maghini, Janick and McLaughlin and Jordan Ouellette. They’ve been spectacular for me all season. They’re really blossoming.”
Without Foreman in the lineup, the Lancers were struggling in the first half to stop the Indians’ Izzy Lipinski, who had 10 first-half points.
Lipinski went out of the game early in the third quarter with an injury and Bristol Eastern took advantage, going on a 5-2 run to regain the lead at 28-26.
But with 3:15 left in the period Lipinski came back in and her presence was felt as she dominated the offensive boards.
Lipinski was held to eight second-half points, but was able to get her teammates involved and giving her team second-chance opportunities.
However, Bristol Eastern forced off balance shots for her throughout the game.
“I thought they did a super job keeping her in check,” Floyd said. “At the end we could have boxed out a little bit more but she’s like 6-4 or 6-3 and they’re not going to see anybody that big consistently in the state.”
Maghini put the Lancers up 40-38 with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter with a big 3 pointer.
Her and Farmington’s Carolyn Ives both had seven fourth quarter points.
The deciding shot came from the Indians’ Chardac Saunders, but Bristol Eastern just fell short with the missed opportunities at the end of the game.
“You learn from your losses,” Floyd said. “As long as you’re getting better I’ll be very happy because these kinds of games you’ll learn how to win them and that’s the important thing, to learn how to finish on these kinds of games that come down to the end.”
The loss pushes Lancers down to 3-4 while Farmington moved to 8-0 on the season.
Bristol Eastern will look to bounce back on Friday at home against 5-2 Plainville. The Blue Devils beat the Lancers 61-55 earlier this year.