Wildcat girls basketball improves to 11-5 with 39-22 win over Cheney Tech.
TORRINGTON: They continue to buy in and it’s showing on the court for the Oliver Wolcott Tech Wildcats girls basketball team.
On Wednesday night in Torrington, the ‘Cats disposed of visiting Cheney Tech by a 39-22 final in a game that was 27-4 at the half.
Forget the score, let’s talk about how this team has grown together.
With head coach Jen Garzone and assistant coach Jim Pepper doing the guiding, this unit is becoming more and more confident in each other and in what their coaches are asking them to do.
“The mindset has changed,” Garzone said. “At one point they might have been thinking that because they were a Tech school, they should only go so far. Now they want to win.”
Her two senior captains, Teja Peterson and Amani Gainey have been with their head coach for four seasons now and have helped shape the teams believe system.
“They have bought in,” Garzone said. “They wanted to help change the culture and they have. They believe in themselves.”
It’s something kids need to figure out on their own and this group has.
“You can hear it from a coach or from fans that they believe in you,” Garzone said. “But until you and your teammates feel it on their own it’s not going to come to fruition.”
Peterson, who scored seven points on the night, has seen her team grow during the past three months as the Wildcats have posted an 11-5 mark to date.
“We were very quiet when we first started playing together,” Peterson said, “During the season we have had a change of heart and really wanted to start winning.”
Having one of the best inside players in sophomore Abigail Williams (game high 17 points) certainly doesn’t hurt and as they head down the stretch of the regular season, this chemistry and their skill set will be tested with key matchups on deck.
Two of their games are on the road against the team right in front of them in the Connecticut Tech Conference.
On February 14, the Wildcats travel to take on Bullard Haven (12-4), a team they beat at home by a 48-46 final earlier this year.
Their last game of the regular season will be a rematch with Abbott Tech, a squad that handed them a 49-40 loss on January 21 at home.
Before those games, the ‘Cats travel this Thursday to Waterbury to take on Kaynor Tech (7-9) whom they beat by a 36-20 final in Torrington.
Next Tuesday, February 11 is Senior Night for Peterson and Gainey as they take on Wright Tech (2-12).
The CTC has a league tournament with the top eight teams playing for the league title.
OWTS is currently ranked sixth in Class S.
Wolcott Tech 39, Cheney Tech 22
Cheney Tech 4 0 11 7 22
Wolcott Tech 20 7 4 8 39
Cheney Tech (22): Millie Sutherland 0-2-2, Giovanna Shaw 1-0-2, Grace Olden 3-1-10, Stephanie Staron 1-1-3, Rose Marie Rodriguez 1-0-2, Angelysse Lozada 0-1-1, Sofia Moreno-Sanchez 1-0-2. Totals: 7-5-22
Wolcott Tech (39): Rachel Heaney 4-0-8, Abigail Williams 8-1-17, Teja Peterson 2-3-7, Gianna Spagnola 1-0-2, Yennifer SarmientoS 1-2-4, Lexi Walsh 0-1-1. Totals: 16-7-39