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Raider girls coming along. Next couple of years could be special.

POSTED February 05, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: They’re coming along.

The Torrington girls’ basketball team has had a growing pains year, which was to be expected considering the massive youth movement on the court most nights.

On Tuesday, the faced Naugatuck League Valley powerhouse St Paul, who had demolished them by a 71-31 final in the teams first matchup earlier this year and trailed by a 21-16 margin at the break.

Beats the heck out of the last time the two teams met when the Falcons led 41-11 after two quarters and as head coach Mike Fritch noted, “That’s how is supposed to go the second time around.”

Torrington is going to be some fun over the next couple of years and should still earn a state tournament game, maybe even a home one, depending on how they finish their campaign.

At present, the Raiders sports 6-10 record with four to go against Watertown (2-13), Ansonia (10-5), Wolcott (8-8) and Derby (5-9).

The Wolcott game is next Tuesday and will be Senior night and if THS can split the four, they will finish 8-12.

Back to the first line of the story though, they are coming.

There are a lot of good things happening on the hardwood this season and with maturity and more time in the gym shooting (note, lots more shooting) this team could make some noise over the next three years.

After falling behind 12-4 after one, the home team took the second quarter by a 12-9 margin behind six points from one of the freshmen, Brianna Murelli who is getting better every time she takes the floor.

Fellow ninth grader Leah Pergola (7 points) helped her team close the gap to just three at 17-14 with an assist on a Kate Mooney layup and a drive of her own.

Pergola has great court vision and has a way of finding her teammates from anywhere on the court.

On the defensive side of the ball, freshman Rachel Brewer-Karimi has become a tenacious player, making the oppositions guards life difficult.

The effort by this entire team is there, it’s just going to take some time to watch it all melt together.

Senior Ashley Davis, who transferred from Holy Cross, has become a leader on the floor with her ability to play hard inside on both sides of the ball.

Between Davis and Pergola, the Raiders have a pair who can make some noise over the remainder of this campaign.

Sophomore Marissa Burger led the Raiders with nine points and runs an aggressive point position.

With time and practice, it’s not hard to see most of these youngsters taking their game to another level, allowing them to create more offense.

Connecting on the freebies will also be an area of improvement for THS who converted on just 3 of 14 free throws.

Games are won and lost at the charity stripe so making and taking a bundle needs to be a priority going forward.

St Paul 56, Torrington 33

At Torrington

St Paul 12 9 16 19 56

Torrington 4 12 8 9 33

St Paul (56): Kailyn Brelecki 3-0-7, Olivia Heslen 5-1-11, Sophia Gerst 2-1-5, Janessa Gonzalez 8-2-19, Lillian Sirois 2-0-4, Zoey Rubins 2-0-4, Alexis Tierpack 2-0-4, Jade Udol 1-0-2. Totals: 25-4-56

Torrington (33): Marissa Burger 3-2-9, Suzie Navin 1-0-2, Juliana Latina 1-0-2, Kate Mooney 1-0-2, Ashley Davis 1-0-2, Brianna Murelli 3-1-7, Maddie McLaughlin 1-0-2, Leah Pergola 3-0-7. Totals: 14-3-33

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