The Glastonbury High girls basketball team, using a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, pulled away from and defeated CCC rival South Windsor High 48-43 Tuesday evening in Glastonbury.
After three quarters, the Tomahawks led the Bobcats 29-28, but extended that lead to eight with 4:30 left with a jumper by Olivia Still, a great layup after breaking down the defense by Courtney Latham and a 3-pointer by Katherine Nuzzolo.
“We got a little careless at the end,” said South Windsor head coach Don Leclerc. “We made some key mistakes down the stretch, and when you are playing a good team like that, we have to take care of the basketball and you can’t come down when you are on a trip with nothing. … You can’t have those stretches with a good team.”
South Windsor fell to 10-2, with both losses coming at the hands of Glastonbury, which improved to 10-2 on the year.
Glastonbury head coach Brian Fleming was pleased that his team earned the hard-fought victory, despite South Windsor’s 43 points being the most scored on the Tomahawks in a a game this year.
“[South Windsor] was 10-1 for a reason,” Fleming said. “He’s got a lot of kids that do a lot of things well. They’re a tough matchup. … They played real hard. We knew it was going to be a tough one.”
Latham led all scorers with 14 points for Glastonbury, while Ashley Mulryan had 11, Kerstan Mahland had 8, Jennifer Hogan had 6, Still had 5, Nuzzolo had 3 and Alexis Underwood had 1.
Amy McConnell led South Windsor with 11 points, while Kaitlyn LaBonte scored 10, Olivia Bolden and Christine Rozie each had 8, and Jessica Cooney, Emily Ryder and Kim Jackson all had 2 in the loss.
“We played hard,” Leclerc said. “Our defense kind of willed us through when our offense was struggling.”
Indeed, South Windsor got off to a choppy start and was fortunate to only be trailing 8-5 after the first quarter.
The Bobcats played better in the second quarter, eventually taking a 15-10 lead with 4:14 left in the first half on two free throws by Bolden.
Glastonbury closed out the quarter on an 8-1 run, however, with Mahland accounting for four of those points to give the Tomahawks an 18-16 advantage at halftime.
Glastonbury looked to pull away early in the third quarter, taking a 20-16 lead on two free throws by Latham. But McConnell answered with a 3-pointer to pull to within one at 20-19.
After Still put Glastonbury back up by 3 with a basket, LaBonte knocked down another 3-pointer to bring the Bobcats level at 22-22 with 5:29 left in the quarter.
The lead seesawed the remainder of the quarter before Mahland put Glastonbury up 29-28 leading into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for the early 7-point run. South Windsor never got closer than three points after that.