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Raider girls break four-game skid with 53-22 win over Ansonia.

POSTED January 14, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: With their star (Brie Pergola) still a few days or games away from coming back from a calf injury that has kept her sidelined most of the last three games, the Torrington girls basketball team just needed to get a win, any win.

A four-game losing streak, something that had never happened in head coach Mike Fritch’s entire tenure on the sidelines for the Raiders, came to an end with a 53-22 win over winless Ansonia on Wednesday night.

“It was just what the doctor ordered,” Fritch said. “It’s good to get back to winning.”

Alexis Tyrrell led the way on the offensive side of the ball with a game-high 16 points, while Caitlin Cornish and Shannon Reardon added eight each as Torrington gets back to even at 4-4 on the year.

“We have to build little steps at a time with this group,” Fritch said. “I thought we did some things really nice. I thought we passed the ball really well, when we passed the ball. We cut back on our turnovers today.”

It’s unchartered territory for the Raiders, this losing. It’s not something anybody who has followed the program is or wants to get used to, especially the head coach.

Coming into the season, it was known that this team would go as far as Pergola and a gradually developing supporting cast would take them. Put one of the most prolific scorers in the Naugatuck Valley League on the bench for as long as she has been and the equation has not been a good one.

The supporting cast would need to be the main attraction and, while it is a work in progress, there are signs that things are starting to click. The play of Tyrrell was encouraging, the junior guard had 15 of her 16 in the first three quarters.

Eight different players scored for the Raiders.

Reardon has been a consistent contributor, as has Cornish, but getting six points from both Kirsten Gray and Lindsey Mathieu give the Torrington coaching staff reason for optimism.

If all goes well, the Raiders should get Pergola back next week and, with Iron Division games against Watertown (home on Tuesday) and Wolcott (home on Friday) on tap, it could not come at a better time.

But for one night, things went the Raiders way and with a team that needs time to develop, taking the positives is all they can do right now.

“This was a good night for us,” Fritch said.

Ansonia 6 7 8 1 22

Torrington 9 15 14 15 53

Ansonia (22): Kristina Fiallos 2-1-7, Josenia Lopez 1-1-3, Larissa Rodriguez 1-0-2, Jenn Cassetti 0-0-0, Elizabeth Wilson 1-1-3, Isabella Kurus 1-0-2, Arianna Blackwell 2-1-5, Totals: 8-4-22

Torrington (53): Alexis Tyrrell 7-1-16, Sidnee Kovall 2-1-5, Shannon Reardon 4-0-8, Sara Bardwell 1-0-2, Alexia Fox 1-0-2, Kirsten Gray 3-0-6, Lindsey Mathieu 3-0-6, Caitlyn Cornish 4-0-8, Ashlynn Cook 0-0-0: Totals: 25-2-53

3-pointers: (A) Fiallos 2, (T) Tyrrell

Record: Ansonia 0-9, Torrington 4-4

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