GLASTONBURY >> There were calls that both coaches questioned. There were calls both coaches asked for. But the players still had to play the game and when you look at the way they competed for 32 minutes, this one lived up to its billing.
Things got chippy in the third quarter when both the coaches and spectators became displeased with the way the game was being officiated, but the girls continued to play.
Glastonbury held off Farmington 44-40 at Glastonbury High School on Senior Night in a showcase of two of the top four teams the the Central Connecticut Conference’s Central Region.
“It’s a good win,” Glastonbury coach Chris Vozzolo said. “It pumps our confidence, no doubt. We have four amazing seniors who we were honoring tonight and we’re going to ride them all the way through the tournament.”
Farmington’s Mary Schoenherr scored a game-high 13 points as the only Indian in double figures. Glastonbury was led my Maddie Seymour with 12 points and Tina Semevolos with 10.
Neither coach commented on the officiating, but were both vocal with the referees during the game and visibly unhappy after.
“Just two really good teams going at it,” Farmington first-year coach Keith Garbart said. “Trying to get a win in the CCC and the Central is unbelievably tough.”
It was four free throws by Semevolos with under a minute left in the game that secured the Tomahawks’ 15th win of the year.
The largest lead by either team was a five-point Glastonbury advantage with 36-31 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, so of course it was going to come down to free throws.
In the fourth quarter the teams alternated baskets throughout starting with a Seymour layup which was followed by an Amanda James 3-pointer, her second of the game.
A couple more times up and down the court and time started to run out for Farmington, but Schoenherr did her best to keep her team in the game by making a couple short range shots to keep the deficit at two. Both times Glastonbury got the ball back, Semevolos was fouled and made both of her shots.
The game started out smooth and fast with Farmington scoring five straight and then Glastonbury tying it up. The Tomahawks made three 3s in the first quarter — Hayley Newhouse, Seymour and Aleigha Partee. The Indians led 14-11 after the first eight minutes.
“I just thought we came out flat for that first four and a half minutes or so,” Glastonbury coach Chris Vozzolo said. “And then we started gelling a lit bit in the second quarter. Defensively we made some stops and got some easy scores in transition.”
Seymour and Newhouse made a couple more 3-pointers in the second to make it 18-16 before Farmington went on a 6-0 to take its largest lead of the game. Glastonbury answered with six straight of its own, including four free throws by Seymour.
“There’s no secret, we like to play a lot of zone,” Garbart said. “We like to trap, but I think they’re a team that can move the ball quickly. We were a step slow on some of our rotations that gave them some open looks.”
James quelled the rally briefly with a 3, but a couple of turnovers later the Tomahawks were walking into the locker room with a 28-25 advantage.
An almost four minutes stretch from 5:03 to 1:06 in the third no points were scored. Erica Szydlik finally broke the silence with a layup, her only two of the night.
“We weren’t strong enough with the ball tonight,” Vozzolo said. “We were getting the stops we wanted, but we were trading for either contested jumpers or turnovers. We want to get better looks, especially against their zone where we are able to see it and take some time.”
Seymour’s put-back to start the fourth gave Glastonbury that 5-point lead, but it lasted just 44 seconds before the teams traded scores to end the game.
Glastonbury 44, Farmington 40
Farmington: 14 11 6 9 — 40
Glastonbury: 11 17 6 10 — 44
(at Glastonbury High School)
Farmington (40) — Julia Borgida 0 0-0 0, Mary Schoenherr 6 1-1 13, Carolyn Ives 0 0-0 0, Chardae Saunders 1 0-0 2, Isabelle Lipinski 2 5-8 9, Erica Szydlik 1 0-0 2, Rylee Fountain 2 0-0 6, Amanda James 3 0-0 8 — Total 15 6-9 40.
Glastonbury (44) — Claire Scalise 0 0-0 0, Sydney Baird 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Tacey 0 0-0 0, Hayley Newhouse 3 0-0 8, Caroline Bogue 2 1-3 5, Maddie Seymour 3 4-6 12, Aleigha Partree 4 0-0 9, Tina Semevolos 3 4-4 10, Allyson Haddad 0 0-0 0 — Total 15 9-13 44.