Raiders ride a 26-point effort from Pergola to 49-43 win over Watertown.
Torrington star Brie Pergola gets ready to talk with Marc Robbins of CPTV after scoring 26 points in the Raiders 49-43 win over Watertown. The Raiders improve to 10-1.
TORRINGTON: Forgive Torrington sophomore Brie Pergola.
At the ripe young age of 15, it’s tough sometimes to see just how good you are, never mind express it to others who ask you about it.
As far as her head coach is concerned, as long as she keeps doing what’s she’s doing and the Raiders keep winning, her shy nature is just fine.
“I think she is starting to figure out just how good she is,” Raiders head coach Mike Fritch said. “Remember, she’s just 15 years old.”
Off another superb outing by the tenth grader that netted 26 points, the Raiders improved to 10-1 with a 49-43 win over Watertown. An important Iron Division win for Torrington that featured what seemed to be a one player team at times.
How good was Pergola in the first half on Tuesday?
Figure this out.
She scored 10 of her teams 11 points in the first quarter and seven of her teams 10 in the second quarter.
With less than two minutes left in the half, Pergola had 17 of her teams 19.
It took nearly five minutes for her to score in the third quarter but she will be forgiven, on occasion, she’s going to need to get some help.
“It’s a lot of pressure that Brie has on her,” Fritch said. “We try and help her to relax, let her know that she has help around her.”
The game was billed as a matchup between two of the best players in the Naugatuck Valley League in Pergola and Indians junior Abby Collier and the duo did not disappoint.
Collier was outstanding with 25 points and eight steals and at times put her team on her shoulders and refused to let the visitors pull away.
With an assortment of inside moves and outside three point bombs (she nailed an NBA length trey for her team final points with 9.5 seconds to play) it’s easy to see why this is a very special player.
The junior standout would finish with four long balls but with 25 of her teams 43 points, Collier needed just a little more help while Pergola got just enough.
Brittany Anderson (6), Paige Middleton (5), Taylor Howe (4) and Caitlyn Cornish (4) provided just enough to keep the load off their star just long enough.
Anderson and Cornish are on the court for their leadership and ability to crash the boards, any offense they can contribute is a bonus but will become more important as teams look to lock down Pergola.
Only Mary Zaborowski chipped in for the home team with nine points as the Indians fell to 8-4 on the year.
At this point in her career, Pergola is letting her play on the court do the talking, something that is just fine with one of her senior teammates.
“She is so humble,” Middleton said, “She doesn’t like to talk about it but there isn’t a single player in the NVL who can stop her. She’s proven it every game thus far.”
Aside from an overtime bump to Holy Cross early in the season, Pergola and the Raiders have cleared every hurdle and if more players contribute, it could indeed be a very special season.
These two teams meet again in the season finale on February 17 in Torrington and you can bet again in the NVL Tournament.