By John Torsiello
After a tough loss to Ellington the Granby Memorial High School girls basketball followed it up with two wins in a row to qualify for the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.
Granby beat SMA, 56-34, and then had a nice win over Windsor Locks, 34-30, as the Bears got 14 points from Julia Mazzotta and two clutch free throws from Krista Iwanicki with 3.2 seconds left in a tie game. After a forced turnover, Lauren Grashaw hit two free throws with .2 seconds left to ice it.
Said head coach Dean Godin, “During a stretch of no practice for two weeks, we lost a close and ugly game at Suffield (37-29). We shot 9 percent from the field, and under 50 percent from the free-throw line. We went to the line 28 times the first meeting, and only 11 times in this one.”
Granby then took on East Windsor in a non-North Central Connecticut Conference game. The Bears blew a 15-point third quarter lead to lose by seven, 49-42.
“A shooting draught in the second half, and an absolutely scorching shooting performance by East Windsor in the third quarter was the difference,” said Godin. “They scored 13 points in 1:13 seconds, had three three-pointers and a four-point play.”
Granby lost to Ellington, 47-38. Mazzotta and Ellington’s Karlee Alves put on a show in the first half, with the former scoring 17 and Alves scoring 15. They finished with 21 and 19 respectively as both teams made adjustments in the second half.
Said Godin, “The difference was again free-throw shooting as we took a three-point lead late in the third quarter. Ellington was 8-of-14 from the line and we were 5-of-13.”
Granby goes into its last three games of the regular season with an 8-9 mark and has Canton, Avon and East Windsor to finish out.