RIDGEFIELD - The Southington girls basketball team knew it had the chance to pull off an upset against Ridgefield Tuesday night in the first round of the Class LL tournament if it stuck to its game plan.
Thanks to some timely shooting, tough defense and made free throws, the No. 23 Blue Knights were able to do just that, knocking off the 10th-seeded Tigers 70-60.
Southington had the game’s top two scorers as Janette Wadolowski had a game-high 32 points and Maggie Meehan added 21 points of her own. Junior Hartlee Meier was the third Blue Knight in double-figures with 13. Ridgefield’s top scorer was Caroline Curnal. She had 14 points.
“Janette made some big shots for us tonight,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. “All three of our upperclassmen (Wadolowski, Meehan and Meier) had a big game and hit some big shots for us. They’re our leaders and the other kids played really hard in their roles on the team.”
The big difference in the game was the Blue Knights’ ability to hit their shots from the charity stripe. The team went 20-for-25 at the line with Wadolowski making 15-of-17.
But things did not start off that smoothly for Southington. Ridgefield began the game with a 7-0 run before the Blue Knights were able to answer back before cutting their deficit to four as the first quarter came to a close.
Southington then carried its momentum over to the second quarter, using a 14-0 run to take a 33-28 lead at the end of the first half. The Blue Knights outscored the Tigers 15-6 in the second.
The third quarter was more evenly matched with Southington coming out slightly ahead 15-14. But in the fourth, the Blue Knight were used a 22-18 point advantage to seal the win.
Southington will now travel to Hall for a seceond-round matchup against the Warriors Friday night at 7 p.m.
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