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Torrington star, Brie Pergola, shows off all her skills in easy win over Career Magnet.

POSTED December 20, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Torrington junior, Brie Pergola, will be counted on to do some heavy lifting this year if the Torrington girls’ basketball team is to be in the running for a second consecutive Naugatuck Valley League crown.

After all, she is one of the most talented players in the NVL this year and has the basketball instincts and savvy to take her game to the next level.

What we needed to see was whether Pergola had the ability to raise her teammate’s games while knowing when it is time to take over a game.

On Friday night against the newest addition the NVL, Career Magnet in Waterbury, that time came with about three minutes remaining in the first quarter where we started to see all the tools Pergola brings to the hardwood.

With the home team up 6-4, Pergola made her presence known.

Here’s how it transpired.

Consecutive assists to senior Caitlyn Cornish started the run, a steal and an aggressive run to the rim resulted in a layup.

Another nifty feed to Cornish resulted in a foul against the center.

A jumper and a coast to coast steal and finish bagged a pair of buckets for the gifted junior and before you could blink, the Raiders were up 16-4. Game over. 63-23 final.

It’s just fun watching Pergola (17 points, five assists) survey the court as she brings the ball up, her eyes darting around the court in search of a cutting or open teammate.

Sometimes it’s just go-time and she’ll take it herself, sometimes the non-selfish side (which is dominant in Pergola) has her looking to get her mates involved.

Involved they were, to the tune of five different players scoring in the first quarter alone, 10 for the game.

This is a very young team that heads out onto the court this year, Cornish is the lone starting senior while a freshman, Alyssa Maria and a sophomore Shannon Reardon as in the starting rotation.

Junior Sara Bardwell pitched in with eight points as did Cornish while Maria, Jessica Teti and Reardon added six each.

The Raider offense started to look like the Raider offense in terms of movement and flow, a big step after just two games.

“We made some real good progress with a good week of work,” Raiders head coach Mike Fritch said, “Tonight our bench really stepped up and played well. I like how we played defense.”

It’s not a stretch to say that the Raiders will go as far as Pergola takes them but if she can continue to get her teammates involved as she did on Friday, it will make life a whole lot easier.

NOTES: Torrington is up again on Monday against Derby in a game that will start at 6 p.m.

Before traveling to Waterbury for their first big test of the year when they take on Holy Cross on Wednesday, December 23 at 7 p.m.

Reminder that the Litchfield County Sports Food and Toy Drive will be back at THS on Saturday during the PAL activities that start at noon.

All donations will go to Fish and Friendly Hands Foodbank in Torrington.

Thanks to all who donated on Friday night.

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