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Majority of Girls Squads With Winning Record; Multiple Ones Contending for Titles - TheSportsDept.com

Majority of Girls Squads With Winning Record; Multiple Ones Contending for Titles

By Danny Atkinson

Glastonbury is 10-2 and has won three consecutive games as of the 22nd. It is fourth in the CCC and seventh in the Class LL standings as of the 24th. While it has many comfortable wins, the Tomahawks have shown the ability to win close games, capturing four by less than 10 points.

The offense has frequently been very strong, scoring more than 50 points seven times and 60 four times. The defense has lived up to its level, giving up more than 50 just four times.

“We have the ability to hit shots.  Sometimes it’s as simple as, if shots are falling,” head coach Chris Vozzolo said. “Other times, we try to slow down and put a strong emphasis on ball movement.  Our team works better when the ball remains hot.”

The trio of Claire Scalise, Charlotte Bassett and Rachel Roman have led Glastonbury in its recent wins against Weaver, Simsbury (which Vozzolo cited as a great defensive perormance) and Bristol Eastern. Scalise has averaged just under 20 points in the streak, with a high of 22 against Bristol Eastern. Bassett scored 21 and 14 against Bristol Eastern and Weaver, and Roman led the team against Weaver with 18 points.

“We hope to just get better each day and continue to improve on all facets of the game,” Vozzolo said.

East Catholic

The Eagles are 9-3 and eighth in the CCC as of the 24th. They started the season great, winning the first six games, but then experienced consecutive losses. The team has rebounded, however, winning three of four games, all routs. East Catholic has had a strong and consistent offense, scoring over 50 points in eight games. The defense has also played very well, with this on display in seven blowout Eagle wins. 

East Catholic has a deep team, with four players averaging over six points per game, led by Lilly Ferguson. Tamisha Meyers had 11 points and rebounds in the most recent win against Hartford Public on the 21st. Ferguson, Jazmyne Soto-Alston and Cami Pasqualoni all scored 11 as well. Emily Jemeal had 11 to lead the Eagles over Maloney on the 11th.

Ellington

The Knights are 9-3 as of the 23rd, and third in the NCCC as of the 24th. They have two four-game winning streaks this season and have won five of six games, with the long loss to Canton.

“So far I think our biggest keys to our success is our ability to take constructive criticism, adjust in practice and move forward,” head coach Teighlor Clare-Kearney said. “They’ve been eager to learn from the start so whenever we don’t reach our goals for the game, they  want to get back to the drawing board and see how we can get better for the next one.” 

Ellington has an elite defense which has held opponents under 30 points in seven games and under 40 in nine. Seven of the squad’s wins have come by double digits.

“We’re also always adjusting and trying new things defensively because I want them to be comfortable and to succeed in whatever we play. They’ve also come a long way as far as communicating on the defensive end. Its vital with the defense we play and they’re finally getting the hang of it,” Clare-Kearney said. 

Sam Curtis has been the Knights top player. In their most recent win on the 23rd, a 46-27 triumph at Rockville, she scored 12 points, while Curtis scored 10 in their 29-20 overtime defeat of Windsor Locks on the 14th. Julia Sternat was also great in this win, recording 14 points and 3 blocks. Curtis also scored 22 and grabbed 7 rebounds in the tough loss to Canton on the 16th.

“We have the most room for improvement on the offensive end,” Clare-Kearney said when asked. “Just being more aggressive and confident.  When we settle down and run our stuff, good things happen for us. Once we can stay composed and be confident against pressure, we’ll see even more  improvement.”

RHAM 

The defending Class L champions are 9-4 as of the 23rd and seventh in the L standings as of the 24th. The Sachems, who graduated seven players in 2018, have played great recently, winning five of six games, the lone loss to Newington. For of these wins have come by at least 10 points.

RHAM has had both a strong offense and defense. It has scored 50 or more points in eight games, and held each opponent under 50 in its aforementioned recent streak.

Marissa Lee and Jacklyn Santella have anchored the Sachems in its four wins over the past two weeks. Lee had double-doubles against Berlin and Enfield with 15 points and 13 rebounds and 12 and 10, respectively, and scored 17 against Platt. Jaclyn Santella scored in double digits in three of these games. Harleigh Roach was great against Berlin on the 11th, recording a career-high 14 points and 7 boards.

Suffield

The Wildcats are 9-5 as of the 23rd, and sixth in the NCCC as of the 24th. They have played very well recently, winning four of five games, with the lone loss to Southington. The wins against Coventry and Classical Magnet/University were blowouts, while the defeats of Somers and Enfield were close and somewhat low-scoring.

Suffield’s defense has been very strong, holding opponents to 30 or fewer points eight times. Its offense has been low scoring, exceeding 50 points just once.

Multiple players have stepped up for the Wildcats in these wins. McKenzie Sullivan scored 15 points against Classical Magnet/University and 10 against Somers. Ava Mills had 15 against Enfield and Paige Anderson 14.

South Windsor

After an ugly 1-5 start to the season, the Bobcats have completely turned things around, winning four games in a row and with a 6-7 record as of the 23rd. During this win streak from the 8th to the 18th, the squad showed its ability to win close games, with three by 10 points or less.

“The key to the turnaround has been our energy and improvement in practice. If we can get rebounds and hit open shots, we will compete in games,” head coach Keith Raczkowski said.

During its much-improved play in the last seven games, South Windsor has displayed a strong offense, scoring over 50 points six times.

Maria Galley and Khalise Harris each had big games in the Bobcats most recent wins. Galley put up 18 points and 12 rebounds against East Catholic on the 18th, while Harris had scored 20 against Plainville three days earlier. Harris also scored 17 in their loss to New Britain.

“Khalile has been improving on offense, and Maria has been rebounding well. Michelle LaBonte has also found her rythmn shooting, and Grace Martin and Jasmine Ramirez have been playing great defense,” Raczkowski said when asked about the players.

The coach addressed where improvement is needed and team goals.

“We have a lot of room to improve in playing pressure defense and consistent offense. The girls are excited to maybe have a chance to return to the state tournament.”   

Rockville

The Rams have played much of their schedule already, and are 5-11 as of the 24th. They have been very inconsistent in January, going on a three-game win streak but losing the last four contests. The wins against HMTCA and Stafford were comfortable, but three of the loses were not close.

Rockville’s offense has struggled, scoring over 40 points just four times. The defense has been much better in the last seven games, allowing no more than 50 points.

One player had a highly memorable performance in each of the three wins. Emily Collins was unstoppable inside against HMTCA, obtaining 27 points and 16 rebounds. In the triumph over Stafford, Madelyn Daitch drained six three-pointers on her way to 20 points. Emily Hampton scored 20 and grabbed 15 rebounds against East Windsor. Collins had a second double-double with 12 and 10 in the Rams most recent loss to Amistad.

Enfield

The loss of talent from last season’s state semifinal squad has been heavily felt, as the Eagles are 2-11 as of the 23rd. They have lost five consecutive games with the most recent win a 40-34 takedown of Tolland on the 4th. Five of these losses have come by fewer than 10 points. The defense has struggled heavily, allowing fewer than 40 points just three times.

Megan Marcotte scored 12 points in Enfield’s most recent loss, to Suffield, while Megan Daly put up 13 the previous day at Wethersfield.

Tolland

The young Eagles are 1-13 after winning eight games last season. They have lost 11 in a row. Their lone win was a 36-29 defeat of Platt on December 14th, in which Isabella Grivois scored 13 points. Tolland has scored over 40 points just three times. Its defense has been much better, giving up more than 60 just once.

Haley Keane scored 12 in the Eagles most recent loss to RHAM.  

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