Raiders girls basketball looks to get back into winning ways. Plus a look around the area hardwood.
TORRINGTON: As we move along into the first real cold snap around here since, well, October, things are heating up in gyms across the area. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking.
---Torrington girls’ basketball: The Raiders will look to get back on track tonight when they face off against a Naugatuck Valley League foe, Kennedy at 7 p.m. at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.
It’s been a rough go since the Raiders started the season on a three game winning streak as they are now looking to break a two game skid in which they certainly did not play well.
First it was NVL rival Holy Cross in a 75-33 loss on the road followed by an out of conference loss to Hillhouse by a 60-32 final.
THS head coach Mike Fritch had known this was a tough hand dealt to him by the scheduling folks but was also confident that the trend would not continue very long.
The match up against the 2-3 Eagles is a big one as Torrington looks to break the skid and get back on the winning side of the ledger.
The Crusaders appear to be the clear favorites in the NVL, followed by St. Paul with both teams sporting 5-0 NVL records starting action tonight.
Cross was beaten by Mercy in their last game, 65-49 in a tough out of conference battle.
After Kennedy, the Raiders travel to Waterbury to take on a Crosby team that is off to a 4-1 mark.
Getting that winning feeling back will be the best New Year’s gift the team can give to Fritch.
---Torrington boy’s basketball: Eric Gamari and the Raiders are off to a 2-1 start as they travel to take on Kennedy tonight at 7 p.m.
With wins over Derby and Seymour, Torrington has shown signs of jelling as a team and learned about themselves in their loss to Holy Cross.
City teams who love to run and gun and have size inside will continue to be an issue for a Raiders team that is short in the height department but has made up in toughness what they lack in height on the boards.
On Friday, the Raiders host the always athletic Crosby Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs won the first volley of their in city battle with Wilby in a 79-77 thriller in their last outing.
---In the Berkshire League girls side, the Thomason Bears remain the team to beat and are 5-0 in the league, 5-1 overall after a 61-33 loss to New London in a tough out of conference battle a week ago.
Nonnewaug is also off to a strong start at 4-0. The two teams don’t meet until February 18.
The Golden Bears invade Lewis Mills tonight where the Spartans (2-2, 2-4) are always tough.
Shepaug is off to a 4-2 start and is coming off consecutive wins in the Bridgeport Christmas Tournament over Bullard havens Tech and Bridgeport Central.
---On the BL boy’s side, Northwestern and Shepaug both sport 3-1 marks while Housatonic is not far behind at 2-1.