Leaving it on the court; Cinderella season ends in the second round

Southington won both regular season with nine point and 10 point victories, but they rallied to a 41-25 win to advance to the second round. Defense was the difference. Newington guard Kayla Guest scored 16 points, but the rest of the Indian lineup managed just three baskets in the game. Despite their lack of offense, Forgione said that it was a difficult first round match-up.

“They have five guys that can play, so to go 15-5 and draw this team in the first round was…oh, boy,” said Forgione. “The kids really stuck with it, and that was the difference.”

Despite the loss to South Windsor in the second round, Forgione championed his team for raising the bar for future squads. Southington finished the season with an 18-7 record. The game marked the final effort by Chapman, Charamut, and O’Keefe.

“They’re great kids. They work hard. They do the right things in the classroom and the community and on the court,” Forgione said. “Whenever we made a run, South Windsor would answer it. They have some very good athletes, and they’re a good team. We gave our best effort tonight, and as a coach that’s all you can ask for.”

He added, “Those three seniors are three that we’ll never forget.”

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com.

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