DURHAM >> Coginchaug bounced back from its disappointing loss against Cromwell with a 50-38 victory over Haddam-Killingworth Tuesday night at Durham.
The Blue Devils, who led 17-16 at halftime, opened the second half with a 14-2 run and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
But afterwards. all thoughts were with Cougars senior forward Kiley Anderson.
With 14.9 seconds left in the third quarter, Anderson crashed hard to the floor while battling for a rebound. Anderson, who is headed to Boston College in September to play lacrosse, suffered a back injury. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where X-rays for a fracture were negative. Anderson is scheduled for an MRI.
The game was delayed for 25 minutes before both teams were allowed a short warm-up.
“H-K’s a good team and I feel bad Anderson got hurt,” said Coginchaug coach Nick Economopoulos.
Coginchaug had outscored the Cougars 20-8 in the third quarter.
Senior forward Morgan Kuehnle powered the Blue Devils with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Kim Romanoff had 12 points and five assists, while junior guard Naomi Rinaldo added 11 points for Coginchaug (7-2, 6-1 SLC).
‘“Morgan had a big second half,” said Economopoulos. “She puts these runs together and works so hard. And Kim is our floor general and she did a great job.”
Coginchaug seniors Allison Luther, Katelyn Williams and Sydney Trusty also did a terrific job by frequently coming off the bench to apply full-court defensive pressure on the Cougars guards.
“I’ve got too many kids that don’t play so I’ve got to get them involved,” Economopoulos explained. “I’ve got some seniors that can run so that’s my pressing team. We call it four rabbits and a polar bear.”
“They wanted this game and they went after it,” said H-K coach Jim Bombaci. “I can’t compliment Coginchguag enough on how hard they came out playing tonight.”
Senior guard Maya Savino led the Cougars with 11 points. Senior forward Lauren McCann had 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks, while junior forward Halie Serbent had five points, seven rebounds and three steals for H-K (6-3, 5-2 SLC).