BRISTOL - It may have been another win over Bristol Central for the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team on Thursday night, but it didn’t come easy.
The Lancers led by just nine points early on in the fourth quarter.
“Especially with the rivalry, it’s always exciting,” Bristol Eastern guard Hannah Maghini said. “I’d say the first quarter all of us were excited, so that could be it. Once we got comfortable with the offense and defense everything came together.”
It came down to the 13-0 run led by Maghini and Miranda Janick, which was the needed jolt in order to continue the Lancers’ dominance in the series between the two.
“They just turned it up in that last seven minutes,” Bristol Eastern head coach Tony Floyd said. “Real quick we went up 10 points and the game was over. It hit us so fast. We got those five quick baskets and the game was over.”
The shooting of Maghini and Janick was a big difference for the Lancers.
The pair combined for 32 of the 49 Bristol Eastern points and delivered in the clutch when it mattered.
“Miranda really hit some key shots,” Floyd said. “She hit a couple threes and a couple other shots and then everything started flowing. The lane started opening up and we started hitting our shots.”
It took Maghini a little while to get going, as she struggled shooting in the first.
Once her shots fell she turned it on and delivered big points.
The 3-point shot is one that Maghini has used to her advantage all season for Bristol Eastern as the primary ball handler at point guard.
“I’ve been working on [shooting the three] for a long time,” Maghini said. “Especially with my dad. It was just a big part of my game and one that I’m most comfortable with.”
Consistency was non-existent for most of the night, a big reason why the game was close in the final quarter.
“The whole game we weren’t consistent in our shots,” Floyd said. “Not getting second and third shots. [Bristol Central did a good job rebounding] and they handled the pressure. The biggest thing was we put them on the foul line a lot.”
While a more consistent 32-minute performance will be needed going forward if the Lancers hope to make a postseason run, the depth coming around for Bristol Eastern is important. With Maghini and Janick leading the way shooting the ball, good things could be in store for Bristol Eastern.
“I think the biggest thing is to go out there and play as a team,” Janick said. “I think sometimes we take it as a individual sport, but we can’t take it that way. [Team success] comes from all five people on the court and from the bench.”
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811; or firstname.lastname@example.org