MIDDLETOWN >> Coaches worry about Senior Nights. Too often, players get caught up in all the goings-on and the resulting game performance is less than desired.
Middletown HIgh girls basketball coach Rob Smernoff had that worry last night when his team hosted Maloney of Meriden at the LaBella-Sullivan Gym Friday night.
He need not have worried.
Middletown hit the floor running, scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back in trouncing the Spartans 61-29 in front of 200 in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division game.
“I thought we played very well in the first two quarters,” said Smernoff. “I always worry on Senior Night, but my seniors [Smernoff started an all-senior lineup] set a tone from the beginning. They were focused. I was very pleased how they handled the occasion.”
The Blue Dragons led 19-7 after one, then led 37-13 at the half. Tamyia King had nine points and Rejeen Mayo had eight points in the half.
“While I thought all my seniors played well, I thought Rebecca Mierjezewski was fantastic all game long,” said Smernoff.
Middletown (11-6) widened its lead to 57-23 after three and led by as many as 34 in the fourth quarter.
Mayo led all scorers with 16 points and King had 11 points. Brielle Wilborn had eight points and Moesha Turner had seven points as the Blue Dragons got scoring up and down the lineup.
With the win the Dragons remained tied for first place with Bristol Eastern – pending Central’s game with Plainville Friday – in the CCC South with a 10-1 divisional record. MHS has three games to play.
“We have improved so much from the beginning of the season,” said Smernoff. “We’ve gotten so much better at the little things. We’ve cut down on turnovers and we’re rebounding so much better.”
Middletown played the game with two starters – Mikaela Coady and Shariffah Mason – on the bench with injuries.
“We’ve had our total team for four minutes all season,” said Smernoff. “We’re looking forward to having all of them together for Tuesday’s game.”
Maloney (4-13) was led by Briana Alicea, who had 10 points.