Maraia and Mooney lead Raiders girls to 50-26 win over Wilby.
TORRINGTON: A couple of firsts took place on Monday night inside the Connie Donahue Gymnasium at Torrington High School as the Raiders girls basketball team took on Wilby.
The first and most important?
Torrington posted their first win of the 2018/2019 campaign with a 50-26 victory behind 16 points from senior Alyssa Maraia and 13 from sophomore Kate Mooney.
The next milestone was their final total, it marked the first time this year that the team, so, so young and inexperienced, made it to the half century mark at games end.
“We really work hard in practice,” Maraia said. “It finally paid off tonight.”
Indeed, several things the home team worked on just recently helped them beat the Wildcats (1-8) including a ball trap and half court pressure that led to 29 turnovers by the visitors.
“They did some things today that I have been asking them to,” head coach Mike Fritch Sr. said. “They went to the basket and didn’t settle for jump shots. I wanted to make them foul us and they did. I thought our pressure got to them too.”
How young are the Raiders?
They start a freshman (Marissa Burger), two sophomores (Kate Mooney and Madison McLaughlin) and a pair of seniors (Maraia and Alicia Caskey).
Caskey had a terrific night on the glass for the home team, pulling down 13 rebounds (four on the offensive side) while adding six points.
After Torrington ran out to a 13-4 lead on the strength of six points from Maraia and four from Caskey, the Wildcats went on a 6-1 run to close with 14-10 at the end of one.
Five different players scored in the second quarter as the Raiders opened up their lead to 31-16 at the break.
Maraia led the way with six while Mooney, who took the attack the basket message to heart, added five in the frame.
There have not been many games that turned the way Monday night did for the Raiders and by the time the third quarter came to a close, the lead was 20 at 42-22 and a big sigh of relief came across the home crowd as a young team that is working hard finally got a taste of winning.
Torrington 50, Wilby 26
Wilby 10 6 6 4 26
Torrington 14 17 11 5 50
Wilby (26): Jiselle Dandridge 0-0-0, Jonaria Garcia 5-2-12, Solmary Perez 2-0-4, Tyla Hyman 4-0-8, Jynia Gibbs 0-0-0, Taylor Saunders 1-0-2: Totals: 12-2-26
Torrington (50): Marissa Burger 1-0-2, Suzie Navin 0-0-0, Olivia Smith 0-0-0, Leah Darby 3-0-6, Kate Mooney 5-2-13, Alyssa Maraia 4-6-16, Maddie McLaughlin 2-0-4 Allie Chiravolo 0-3-3, Alicia Caskey 3-0-6: Totals: 18-11-50
3-pointers: Mooney, Maraia 2
Records: Wilby 1-8, Torrington 1-10