SOUTHINGTON - As the only senior on the roster, Southingtonâ€™s Janette Wadolowski did her best to keep the Blue Knights girls basketball team in the game with 21 points on the night.
But it wasnâ€™t enough to beat Glastonbury as Southington fell to the Tomahawks 39-29 on Monday evening.
â€śCollectively as a team, our shot was not the best today,â€ť Wadolowski said. â€śBut I also think that we could have been more aggressive on the boards. Even just talking more and cutting more. Our offense just wasnâ€™t there today and we need to work on that more.â€ť
Down 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, Wadolowski brought Southington back within two going into the half as she scored seven of the nine Blue Knightsâ€™ points in the second quarter.
Southington was strong defensively in the second period as well, allowing just four points to Glastonbury.
â€śI think we really pushed the ball and moved the ball well against their defense in the second quarter,â€ť Wadolowski said. â€śI think that was one of our big keys. Granted, at that point, we were playing really good defense against them and getting some steals which transferred over to the points we were getting.â€ť
Southington freshman Alli Carr started the game out for the Blue Knights drawing a foul on a made layup and knocked down her foul shot to give Southington the 3-0 lead to start.
Carr scored four of the six points for the Blue Knights in the first period of play and finished second on the team with six points.
The Tomahawks, however, controlled the game throughout.
Following Carrâ€™s three-point play, Glastonbury went on a nine-point run in the half highlighted by a nice euro-step to the basket by Charlotte Bassett, giving the Tomahawks a 9-3 lead before Wadolowski put an end to the run with a jump shot from the top of the key.
Bassett and Claire Scalise hit the final two shots of the first quarter and Carr knocked down a foul shot to finish the quarter.
Five different Tomahawks players were in the scoring column during the first period and had eight different players score in the game.
Glastonbury took a 17-15 lead into the half.
The third quarter started out how the Blue Knights hoped it would as Southington went on a 5-0 run to start led by Wadolowski, who scored all five points, including a 3 pointer.
That lead didnâ€™t hold long, though, as the Tomahawks began pressuring the inexperienced Blue Knights group.
â€ś[Glastonbury is] real active,â€ť Southington coach Mike Forgione said. â€śThey have a bunch of upperclassmen, so I think always having that experience helps. They have a bunch of seniors and juniors and they mix in a few freshmen with them. But seven of their top players are juniors and seniors and we only have two in the whole program. The experience does help them in terms of being more physical, more aggressive and stronger.â€ť
The Tomahawks then went on a 10-0 run to take a 27-20 lead with 2:54 left in the third quarter as Southington struggled to generate any offense.
â€śSomeone else has to hit a shot,â€ť Forgione said. â€śOur post players have to hit those mid-range jumpers. Our wings have to knock down a three or two to get us in the flow. We didnâ€™t have one person hit shots besides Janette today except for Alli.â€ť
The fourth quarter was no different for either side as Glastonbury started out on a 6-0 run with four points by Bassett and two foul shots made by Aleigha Partee.
Bassett led Glastonbury in scoring with 10 points. Partee finished with eight points, five coming in the final frame.
With the loss Southington falls to 1-2 while the Tomahawks improved to 2-2 on the season.
For the Blue Knights, the schedule doesnâ€™t get easier as they travel to Farmington on Thursday night, a team that has already beaten Glastonbury this season.
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