WINSTED >> It was a slow start, but once they got going Terryville’s three-headed attack led the Kangaroos to a 55-48 victory over last season’s Berkshire League champions, Northwestern.
“They’re a great team and they’re hard to stop,” said Northwestern head coach Doug Sebach. “We had our work cut out for us.”
Wednesday night’s game faced two of the better teams in the Berkshire League and with the win Terryville head coach Mark Fowler and company hope to use this win as confidence boost for the season.
“We’ll see,” said Fowler. “I’d like to say it gave us a lot.”
“It gets us pumped up for the rest of the season,” said senior Jake Johnson.
The Highlanders certainly did, Terryville’s trio, seniors, Johnson, Tyler Trillo and junior Shea Tracy accounted for 49 of the Kangaroos 55 points.
“It’s good for us, if one of us is going the others are open and then we can pass to them and get them going,” said Johnson who led all scorers with 19 points. “You can’t guard us all at once.”
In the first half Trillo, six points, and Tracy, two points, struggled to score, so Johnson stepped up and scored 10 points for the Kangaroos. In the third quarter Trillo and Johnson each scored seven points, while Tracy scored two.
“We were trying to play defense well enough to take them out of rhythm,” said Sebach.
With the game tied 40-40, Tracy scored eight unanswered points, a layup and two three-pointers to give the Kangaroos a 48-40 lead. Trillo would hit four straight free-throws to ice the game.
“We don’t need to rely on one guy to score,” said Fowler.
The Highlanders led 10-8 after the first quarter, but once they had to go to the bench, something that was one of its strengths last season, the Kangaroos were able to take advantage.
“The bench will develop,” said Sebach. “We’ll use the bench as needed.”
Terryville outscored Northwestern the rest of the game.
The Kangaroos focus was to take Highlanders’ big man Teddy Bremmer down low presence.
“We were trying to pack the paint and get boards and keep Teddy out of the paint,” said Johnson.
Terryville held Bremmer to seven points, all in the second half. Richard Persechino led the Highlanders with 11 points and John Lippincott added 10 in defeat.
Going into the season Terryville was chosen by all of the coaches to be one of the top teams in the Berkshire League. Fowler was happy the team got the win, but noted that they have things to work on.
“We need to play better to live up to the hype,” he said. “Our offense looked better when we started attacking on offense.”
Northwestern returns to the court on Friday on the road against Nonnewaug at 7 p.m. Terryville will host its home opener Friday night against Housatonic.
Terryville 55 Northwestern 48
At Northwestern High School
Terryville 8 14 18 15 – 55
Northwestern 10 10 14 14 – 48
Terryville (55): Jake Johnson 7-1-19; Tyler Trillo 5-7-18; Shea Tracy 5-0-12; Zack Graham 2-0-4; Jeff Dupaul 1-0-2; Sean Huria 0-0-0; Taylor Donofrio 0-0-0; Luke Boylan 0-0-0; Ian Schmidt 0-0-0.
Northwestern (48): Richard Persechino 4-1-11; John Lippincott 4-0-10; Zach Tuxbury 3-0-9; Steve McGrath 4-1-9; Teddy Bremmer 2-3-7; Tony Case 1-0-2; Aiden Tellier 0-0-0; Devin Warren 0-0-0; Will Scharmburg 0-0-0.
3-point goals: T – Tracy 2; Trillo; Johnson. NW – Tuxbury 3; Lippincott 2; Perscehino 2.
Records: Terryville 1-0 Northwestern 0-1.