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Positive signs in Raiders 65-30 win over Wilby in girls basketball action.

POSTED December 07, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


The Caycee Wiliams era began in Torrington on a high note against Wilby. Williams recorded a double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds as the Raiders used a 38-8 second half to pull away from the Wildcats in a 65-30 opening night win.

TORRINGTON: There was much to like in the Torrington girls 65-30 win over Wilby in both teams season openers.
Senior transfer Caycee Williams got her Raiders career off to a flying start with a 16-point, 19-rebound effort.
Alyssa Otis worked through early foul trouble and ended the night with 16-points, most on her signature lefty move to the basket.
Those two players were expected to carry most of the load for Mike Fritch and the Raiders this year but replacing what Albany bound Sarah Royals had brought to the team over the past four years was still a mystery coming in.
Who would step up and fill the gap left on both ends of the floor?
After one game, we have some early answers that will need to happen consistently if the Raiders want to keep making noise in a tough Copper Division of the Naugatuck Valley League.
In the backcourt, sophomore Caroline Teti moved back and shared the point with senior Mariah Cerruto and asserted herself with several blow-by moves to the basket in the second half when she scored all eight of her points. Having someone to help Cerruto with the pressure the Raiders will face against the upper echelon teams will be critical.
Spreading the scoring around will be important as Torrington looks to make up the Royals points.
On Wednesday, three players scored eight points each for the Raiders. Along with Teti, Nicole Kozlak and Megan Calabrese chipped in. Calabrese’s ability to use her height on both ends of the floor will be critical when the Raiders have to rest Williams.
Kozlak, who can catch on fire from beyond the arch at times, worked well in the open floor and tied with Teti for a team high five assists.
Any Mike Fritch team wins with good old fashioned defense and while the Raiders don’t yet have the ability to trap as well as they did with Royals, it will come in time.
Senior Emily Eanniello may have scored just two points but her hounding of Wilby leading scorer, Tatiana Harge was key to the second half run.
This team may be a work in progress and will no doubt struggle with the higher echelon teams in the NVL the first time around but may just make enough noise in the second go-round to make it an interesting season.
 

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