Plainville girls basketball looking for secondary scorers to step up moving forward

Published on Monday, 22 January 2018 23:00
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

@ORENCOLEDAN

BRISTOL - The Plainville girls basketball team hasn’t been in this position in quite a while.

At 9-4, the Blue Devils have already qualified for the state tournament and with such a strong start and some goals out of the way, Plainville finds itself in an unfamiliar spot, one that has success at the forefront and a team with both talent and inexperience on the floor.

“Eight [wins] gave us something to work towards and we did that,” Blue Devils head coach Jessica Neuwiler said. “We wanted to win our holiday tournament and we did that so we saw the early success and the early goals. Now for them, I told them you have an opportunity to still finish the season on such a high. Or we have an opportunity to just feel comfortable with our eight.”

Starting senior guard and captain Izzy Lozefski has missed two games entering the week due to an ankle injury. Lozefski brings experience to the floor as a senior captain.

“She’s doing what she needs to be doing to get back,” Neuwiler said. “But we miss her on the floor absolutely.”

However, junior Caitlin Barker has been one the main reason behind the success.

Barker, who missed last season with a torn ACL, has been the go-to scorer and in Saturday’s game against Bristol Eastern had 32 of the team’s 45 points.

As the playoffs approach, finding consistency out of their other players will be crucial for the Blue Devils.

Plainville starts two freshmen - Jaida Vasquez and Krystyna Miller - and brings another freshman off the bench in Kori Jones.

After the loss to Bristol Eastern, Neuwiler left her group with a message.

“I had them stay in the locker room and said you guys need to figure out who you want to be” Neuwiler said. “Because when we play on all cylinders, hustle for every loose ball and do the things that make us successful we look really good.”

But when all is said and done, both Barker and Lozefski will have a big say in how far the Blue Devils can go this season. The rest of the group will play the most important role though, as it takes a team effort to make a run in the tournament.

“We’re trying to figure out how to get better every single day and not let eight [wins] be our story,” Neuwiler said. “Our story needs to be a lot more than eight.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or  dorencole@bristolpress.com



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 22 January 2018 23:00. Updated: Monday, 22 January 2018 23:02.