By BRIAN JENNINGS
The 7-seed Lady Knights’ postseason run came to an end at home on Thursday, March 3 when they fell short to No.10 Greenwich (18-3) by four points, 56-52.
The Cardinals outscored the Knights 24-8 in the first quarter, as the Knights missed a total of 13 shots. But the Knights stormed back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to five, 31-26, by halftime, closing the first half out with a 12-0 run.
The Knights carried the momentum from the second quarter into the second half, taking the lead for the first time in the game after going up 39-38 by the end of the quarter. However, the fourth quarter would be a different story.
The Cardinals went on an 8-0 to start the fourth and didn’t allow the Knights to score their first basket of the quarter until there was just over three and a half minutes to go in the game.
Janette Wadolowski (6 steals) led all scorers with 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sarah Minkiewicz (4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Maggie Meehan contributed five points apiece. Natalie Wadolowski added four points with 10 rebounds.
Six-foot-four Abby Wolf and Caroline Beneville led the Cardinals with 18 points each.
The Knights went 1-for-14 from three-point range in the game. The Cardinals forced a total of 21 turnovers, while the Knights only forced eight. Both teams shot about 70 percent from the free throw line.
“The Southington basketball pride showed the way we battled back,” said Forgione. “You know when you play us, you’re going to get everything we got for four quarters, and we showed that tonight. I’m proud of their effort tonight, just like I’ve been proud of their effort all year.”
Greenwich will play the winner of No.3 EO Smith (20-2) and No.11 Glastonbury (18-4) in the semifinals. Greenwich defeated No.2 Fairfield Warde (20-3), 64-46, in the quarterfinals.
No.8 South Windsor (20-3) knocked out No.1 Mercy (21-2), 52-50, in the quarterfinal. South Windsor will play No.4 Stamford (20-2) in the semis.
With the loss, Southington’s winter campaign comes to an end. The girls finished with an 18-4 record.
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