BERLIN - If anything, Monday nightâ€™s 49-44 win over Berlin served as a reminder for the Southington girls basketball team.
While the Blue Knights held big leads in both the first and second halves against the Redcoats, each time Southington would make a push that looked like it would start to put the game out of hand, Berlin would answer with some big baskets and bring the game closer.
The back-and-forth contest and letting big leads slip away showed that outside of Janette Wadolowski, the Blue Knights are still an inexperienced group.
â€śSometimes I gotta remember that weâ€™re really young too,â€ť Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. â€śI start two freshmen and two sophomores and we gotta realize that weâ€™re also learning as we go along.â€ť
While the struggles were there at times, the Blue Knights still managed to figure out a way to pull out the victory.
Out of the half, the Southington had given up a 15-4 lead and let the Redcoats bring the game to within five points.
â€śWe talked at halftime and it was a little bit of a gut check time,â€ť Forgione said. â€śWe gotta get more physical and we gotta match their toughness and their aggressiveness.â€ť
The Blue Knights did so with a strong second half and kept their lead throughout other than giving up the lead once.
â€śIn the beginning, we had the energy but we just couldnâ€™t finish, and execute the way we wanted to.â€ť Wadolowski said. â€śI think we got more aggressive coming into the second half and we crashed the boards more than we did in the first, which really helped us.â€ť
While young and talented, staying composed for the entire 32 minutes of play is still something Southington is working on as a group.
â€śI think we would get a little bit of a lead and then get too confident,â€ť Wadolowski said. â€śWe need to keep pressing no matter what. Even if we have a lead, we canâ€™t let up and I think thatâ€™s what we need to get into our heads because they can always catch up.â€ť
The teamâ€™s current five-game winning streak and having won eight of its last nine games serves as a reminder the Blue Knights have the potential to make a deep postseason run, and with Wadolowski leading the way as the senior and the young players developing, each game itâ€™s not farfetched.
Wadolowski played the key role again in the win.
â€śJanette did what Janette does,â€ť Forgione said. â€śShe controlled the floor, rebounded and kept everything under control which was huge for us tonight as our senior leader.â€ť
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