Otis runs wild with 32 point effort in Raiders 57-41 win over Hand in Class L.
TORRINGTON: I have seen many an effort from the Torrington girls basketball teams over the years, most good, some not so much.
Friday night in a Class L second round game against Daniel Hand, one of those memorable nights unfolded and you could tell from the opening tip that one player was just not going to let her team lose.
Senior forward Alyssa Otis took her team on her back with a career high 32 points that were each worked for about as hard as you will ever see on a basketball court.
Torrington moves on in Class L and will go on the road for their next game, a match-up with the No 4 seed, Berlin, who beat No. 13 Joel Barlow by a 54-41 score.
How dominant was Otis (who has taken her game to heights I don’t think even she imagined three years ago) on Friday night?
Take her first points.
After taking a pass from fellow senior Caycee Williams (an impressive double-double with 10 points and 15 boards) down low, Otis backed the defender down and nearly out of the Connie Donahue for her teams first two points.
It was Alyssa Otis 9, Hand 8 with 2:48 to play in the opening quarter.
A one-girl show in the states. Otis would finish with 13 rebounds, two steals and two assists to go with her 32 big points.
The most impressive stat after the points had to be the eight offensive rebounds Otis simply refused to give back to the visiting Tigers before they found the bottom of the basket.
Torrington would dominate on the boards by a wide margin at 46-27 on the night.
It was a senior-led effort for head coach Mike Fritch who got stellar play from Williams, Otis and point guard Mariah Cerruto, who helped break pressure all night long.
Having faced Holy Cross three times this season most certainly helped the Raiders deal with the onslaught that came in the second half when the Tigers closed to within nine on several occasions.
The Raiders fought and scraped for every loose ball all night, if jump ball were points, add a few more dozen ones to the home teams tally.
Any time Hand got close, Otis or Williams would make a play that would keep the visitors at arms length.
“We were not going to lose and be embarrassed on our own home court.” Otis said afterwards. “This is our gym and we needed to win and did.”
And to think, at the start of this season, Fritch was hoping for a 12-8 season and a states berth.
This team may not have the same talent level the Sarah Royals-led group that made a run all the way to the Class L semi-finals.
What this years group brings to the table is a togetherness that has helped them win 19 games in 22 tries.Not too shabby.