SOUTHINGTON - It was a big day for Maggie Meehan, Southington girls basketball’s only senior, as she scored her 1000th career point in the second quarter of the team’s game against Farmington on Friday night.
That milestone was not enough to give the Blue Knights a win over the Indians though, as Farmington dominated on the interior en route to a 58-50 victory.
Meehan and Hartlee Meier both had big offensive days for Southington, but in the end the team didn’t have enough size to contend with the Indians in the paint.
Southington started the first quarter with a few turnovers and had trouble keeping Farmington off of the offensive glass. Mary Schoenherr and Izzy Lipinski were able to grab several offensive rebounds each to keep possessions alive so the Indians finished the first up 14-7.
All of the Blue Knight’s points in the first quarter came from Brianna Harris and Hartlee Meier, who had four and three points respectively. Also of note in the first quarter was Southington forward Janette Wadolowski picking up three fouls which forced her to sit out the remainder of the first half.
The first bucket of the second quarter came from Meehan and that shot did more than just cut the deficit to five points, it was the senior’s 1000th point in her career. After she made the baseline jumper the game was stopped and Forgione took the microphone to congratulate his captain on her accomplishment.
When the action started back up, Farmington extended the lead to 10 points with just over five minutes left in the half. An 11-2 Blue Knights run keyed by Meehan and Meier cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the second though. During that run, Lipinski picked up her second foul and was forced to sit out the remainder of the quarter.
Farmington scored the last bucket of the second quarter to go into halftime up 27-24.
Lipinski and Wadolowski both came back in at the beginning of the third quarter, but it was Lipinski that had the bigger impact early. The six-footer scored a bucket and grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds to extend Farmington’s lead to seven two minutes into the second half.
Southington was not done fighting back though. After a couple of Lipinski misses from the free throw line, Meier nailed a three-pointer from the corner, part of five points in a row for her, to cut the lead to two with just over three minutes left in the third. The Blue Knights entered the final quarter down 40-36.
A bucket from Harris cut the lead to two early in the fourth quarter, but Farmington answered that score by netting six straight points to make the lead eight with six minutes left. That lead would get as big as 12 for the Indians with under four minutes left as Wadolowski fouled out.
The Blue Knights did cut the lead to four points with less than two minutes left and decided to play the foul game from there. Farmington missed on three of four opportunities from the line and that combined with a couple of Meier free throws made it a three-point game with 35 seconds left.