OWTS sophomore Abigail Williams scores 16 in 49-40 loss to Abbott Tech.
TORRINGTON: They are young but one could say they are maturing by the game and those folks would be right.
The Oliver Wolcott Tech girls’ basketball team fell to visiting Abbott Tech by a 49-40 final on Tuesday night in Torrington but showed why they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Connecticut Technical School Conference going forward.
Head coach Jen Garzone and assistant coach Jim Pepper start three sophomores, a junior and a senior most nights and two of the sophomores, Abigail Williams (16 points) and Yennifer Sarmiento (10 points) accounted for more than half their team’s points.
Williams stands out as a player who has a high ceiling when it comes to what she can achieve, if she balances her instincts that sometime have her being a little too unselfish.
“She (Williams) can be something special,” Garzone said, “Abby is very unselfish though. Sometimes we need her to just go to the hoop. She’ll have five or six assists per game.”
The Wolverines came in on top of the CTC with a 10-1 mark but the home team road a 10-point first half by Williams to a 21-18 lead at the half, despite facing constant full court pressure.
That relentless pressure wore on the Wildcats in the third quarter when the visitors clamped down on Williams (2-points in the frame) and ran off a 10-2 run to turn a 24-24 tie into a 34-26 lead after three.
Abbott Tech got back to back three-balls from Iyana Barnes and Tavahnnarie Sok to push the lead out to 40-26 before OWTS fought back as Williams (4-points) and Sarmiento (8-points) kept the game from getting out of control.
The Wildcats got the lead down to seven at 47-40 with under a minute to play but could get no closer.
At 7-4, the Wildcats are still very much in the mix and not far away from winning games like this.
Their ability to break the press should get better with time and practice with Williams in the middle, directing traffic.
OWTS will stay home for a match up on Friday against Wilcox Tech at 6 p.m.
A rematch with these same Wolverines is set for the last game of the regular season on the road on February 18.
Abbott Tech 49, Wolcott Tech 40
Abbott Tech 7 11 16 15 49
Wolcott Tech 8 13 5 14 40
Abbott Tech (49): Emily Sierra 2-2-6, Estef Casteneda 2-1-5, Iyana Barnes 4-5-14, Tavahnnarie Sok 6-0-15, Marcia Mitchell 1-2-4, Samoro Merchant 2-0-2. Totals: 17-10-49
Wolcott Tech (40): Abigail Williams 7-2-16, Teja Peterson 1-2-4. Rachel Heaney 3-0-6, Sierra Doyle 1-0-2, Yennifer Sarmiento 5-0-10, Armani Gainey 1-0-2. Totals: 18-4-40
3-pointers: (A): Barnes, Sok 3
Records: Abbott Tech 11-1, OWTS 7-4.