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Raiders improve to 5-0 with 67-45 road win over Kennedy.

POSTED December 21, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

WATERBURY - Over the first two weeks of its season, the Torrington girls basketball team had rolled to four straight wins by an average margin of over 20 points, but started each game kind of slow.

On Tuesday night in Waterbury, the Raiders checked that off their goals list by racing out to a 24-10 lead over the Kennedy Eagles, on their way to a 67-45 win.

Sarah Royals poured in 28 points and got help from Taylor Christiano, who added 15 and from a three-ball happy team that landed seven on the night.

“We came out strong in the first quarter,” head coach Mike Fritch said of his teams hot start. “We used a full court man press that gave them trouble.”

The lead bulged to 20 at 38-18 at the half, giving the head coach a chance to empty his bench early in this one.

With Aly Otis still out with the side effects of a concussion she suffered last week against St. Paul Catholic, Morgan Thulin stepped up on the boards, grabbing nine to go along with her two points.

“Morgan just gives us toughness underneath,” Fritch said. “With Aly not back until Thursday, we needed someone to step up.”

Christiano added six rebounds, four assists and three steals to her night.

Four different Raiders found the mark from beyond the three-point line.

Nicole Kozlak, who has been finding her stroke over the last few games, had a pair of threes while Caroline Teti scored six points on two treys.

Royals pitched in with two herself while Mariah Cerruto hit the seventh.

The scary thing for teams that face the Raiders is that they can ill afford to double team Royals at this point.

Not with Christiano playing her best ball yet on the varsity level and the depth of threats the Raiders are now deploying.

Stephanie Lush led the Eagles (1-4) with 14 points while Quanesha Copper added 10 in the loss.

Torrington will be back in action on Thursday, when they travel to take on Sacred Heart as part of a girl/boy doubleheader.

The girls will start at 5:15 p.m. with the boys taking the court around 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart beat Wilby Tuesday night by a 65-48 score, setting up a battle of the unbeaten on Thursday between the Raiders (5-0) and the Hearts (6-0).

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