Glastonbury halts 9-game win streak: Girls basketball still ranked in the top 6

Natalie Wadolowski pump-fakes a defender during a loss to Glastonbury on Friday.

Natalie Wadolowski pump-fakes a defender during a loss to Glastonbury on Friday.

The Lady Knights (13-2) suffered just their second loss of the season when they hosted Glastonbury (11-2) on Friday, Jan. 29, 48-28. The Tomahawks avenged an earlier loss to the Knights in January.

The rematch was the Knights annual “Pink Zone” game, which was started in 2010 when Southington coach Mike Forgione took over the program in 2010 to raise money for the Coach Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The Tomahawks jumped out to a 14-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and maintained their eight-point lead into the break, 23-15.

The Tomahawks came out in the second half and went on a 6-0 run in the third quarter, extending their lead to 15 by the end of the third quarter, 36-21, and Glastonbury put the game out of reach with an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Glastonbury capitalized off of missed shots and second-chance opportunities down in the paint, while the Southington could not buy a basket off of rebounds at both ends of the court, shooting a season low of 24.5 percent (12-for-49) from the field.

The Tomahawks also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Knights, 43-26.

“They were the more aggressive team,” said Forgione. “They attacked us and got every loose ball. Give them credit because their aggressive defense might have shook us up a little bit, but we rushed shots and didn’t play together. We didn’t set up and run anything on the offensive set that we like to do. We like to get everyone involved. We just didn’t do those little things tonight.”

Janette Wadolowski (2 steals, 2 blocks) paced the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds, and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Natalie Wadolowski (three blocks, 2 steals) contributed with 11 rebounds and six points. Hartlee Meier added four points.

Maddie Seymour led the Tomahawks with 11 points.

The Knights were coming off Tuesday’s win against Class S Bloomfield (4-11), which pushed Southington’s winning streak to nine games. Southington won easily, tying their largest margin of victory for the season with a comfortable 57-25 win.

The Knights held a 39-6 lead by halftime and cruised to the win.

Maggie Meehan (3 three-pointers) and Meier paced the Knights with 11 points apiece. Janette Wadolowski (3 steals) contributed eight points and seven rebounds, and Natalie Wadolowski (7 rebounds) and Kayla Kavanagh added seven points apiece. Kavanagh also went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Jamara Brown, Jordan Ricks, and Lachavis Simmons led the Warhawks with six points apiece.

For the Knights, it was their second win in as many days. On Monday, Southington defeated NW Catholic (12-4) at home, 62-35.

Meehan (5 rebounds, 3 steals) anchored scored a team high of 17 points by shooting the lights out with five three pointers (5-for-8).

Natalie Wadolowski contributed with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Janette Wadolowski (3 assists) also added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Lauren Murphy led the Lions with nine points.

The loss to Glastonbury dropped Southington down to sixth in the Class LL rankings, behind Mercy (14-1), Conard (14-1), Fairfield Warde (13-1), Stamford (13-1), and E.O. Smith (14-2). Southington is still ranked first in the Blue Division of the Central Region in the CCC with a 5-1 conference record, in front of Conard and Glastonbury.

The girls will look to get back on track this week when they host Conard on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and travel to Simsbury (8-8) on Friday, Feb. 5. The Knights defeated the Chieftains at Conard earlier in the season, 59-39. The Knights also defeated Simsbury at home, 37-29.

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