BRISTOL - It was a one-sided game throughout the night at Bristol Central High School as the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team dominated the Rams in a convincing 45-21 win Monday night.
The Lancers were led by the senior guard duo of Hannah Maghini and Miranda Janick. Maghini scored a game-high 17 points and Janick was right behind her with 16 points.
For the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team, though, the win over rival Bristol Central may be bittersweet if the cards don’t fall the Lancers’ way in order to make the state tournament. Bristol Eastern hasn’t missed the postseason since 1995.
“We’ve been talking about making the tournament for a while,” Miranda Janick said. “So I guess it’s just a waiting game at this point.”
On the other side, the Rams finish their season 1-19, another tough season for head coach Steve Gaudet and his group.
“The [seniors] won two games in their [last two] years,” Gaudet said. “They never stop fighting. They keep trying and give me everything they’ve got. That’s why I coach. It doesn’t matter about wins or losses it’s about dealing with these great kids that are going to be unbelievable adults and do great things in their future.”
In the beginning of the game both teams struggled to generate any offense in the first four minutes.
Bristol Eastern had its opportunities but couldn’t find the basket while Bristol Central was getting pressured early and often and the Rams struggled to get open looks at the hoop.
The Lancers Maghini broke the game open, as her seven first quarter points got Bristol Eastern out to a 7-2 run.
Allison Jessie was the only offensive factor in the first half for Bristol Central and did her damage at the free throw line, knocking down all four of her opportunities.
Janick, Maghini, Jordan Ouellette and Avery Arbuckle all contributed points for the Lancers to give their team a big advantage with just 16 minutes of play remaining.
The deficit was too much too overcome though for the offensively challenged Rams.
With the game winding down in the fourth and the Lancers holding a big lead, seniors from each team were replaced in the game and came out to a big ovation from their respective fan sections and benches.
Bristol Central’s I’deara Gordon made a big 3-pointer to finish off her career with the Rams with a positive highlight.
“She’s one of my favorite kids I’ve ever coached,” Gaudet said. “She does a lot. She works a full-time job, she’s a national honors society student, does all that stuff and comes and plays basketball and she’s never played basketball before she came here. She brings so much energy to the team and she’s a pleasure to coach. I mean that.”
Cassandra Doyon hit a big basket for Bristol Eastern, which also drew a big applause from her bench and the Lancers fan section.
There were good moments for both teams but it was more of the same at the end as Bristol Eastern has dominated the series in the past decade.
Jessie led the Rams in scoring with six points. Gwen Toresso was second on the team with four points.
Bristol Central went 14-for-22 from the free throw line while Bristol Eastern was 3-for-5.
The Lancers will now wait to see if Brien McMahon loses two of its remaining three games. If so, Bristol Eastern would get into the tournament. If not, it will be a disappointing end to a season in which the Lancers had their opportunities to capture a postseason bid but dropped six of their last seven games.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org