Lady Knights keep on rolling: Girls clinch a postseason berth with 8th win of the season

Janette Wadolowski looks for an open teammate during a  56-39 win over Windsor.

Janette Wadolowski looks for an open teammate during a 56-39 win over Windsor.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights kept rolling with two double-digit road wins, sandwiching a 17-point victory at home. At 8-1, the Lady Knights clinched a postseason berth.

Southington began the week with a road trip across the Connecticut River to Glastonbury (5-2) on Monday, Jan. 4, where they won by 12 points over the Tomahawks, 60-48.

Maggie Meehan (6 assists, 3 rebounds) ignited the offensive fire with 23 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Meehan also shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

The Wadolowski sisters stepped in as well. Janette contributed with a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds), while Natalie (6 steals) collected a double-double with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Natalie went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Aleigha Partee led the Tomahawks with 12 points. Southington outrebounded Glastonbury 44-26.

The Knights returned home on Thursday where they defeated Class L’s Windsor (3-8), 56-39.

Meehan (4 assists, 3 steals) was at it again, sparking the offensive blaze with 18 points on a pair of three-pointers. Natalie (5 steals) put up another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Janette (4 assists) scored 10 points, ending her streak of five straight games with a double-double. Sarah Minkiewicz contributed six points and shot 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

Denise Solis led the Warriors with 11 points.

The Knights wrapped up the week with a visit to Class L’s Farmington (6-3), where the Knights won their third-straight game and fourth road game by defeating the Indians by 10 points, 53-43.

Janette anchored the charge with 18 points and eight rebounds. Meehan (four assists, two steals) dropped 13 points and Minkiewicz (12 rebounds, seven steals) and Kayla Kavanagh (five rebounds, two assists) both contributed seven.

Mary Schoenherr led the Indians with 13 points.

“This was our third game in six nights,” said Southington coach Mike Forgione. The kids, again, just showed an unbelievable effort. Farmington has an all-state guard in Cheray Saunders, who is one of the best players in the state. We knew she was going to be tough and we knew they have a really aggressive point guard [Schoenherr]. Our kids never stopped playing, they shared the basketball, and it was a total team effort. It was a tough atmosphere to play in and the crowd was really into it. Farmington’s a very physical team, but we didn’t back down and kept battling.”

Southington will return home to host Hall (4-6) on Monday, Jan. 11 and Class L’s Wethersfield (6-3) on Saturday, Jan. 16. In between both games, the Knights will venture out on the road on Thursday, Jan. 14 for possibly their toughest game of the year at undefeated Conard (9-0), who is tied with Mercy (9-0) for the No.1 spot in Class LL. Southington is currently ranked fourth in Class LL, behind Greenwich (6-0).

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