By John Torsiello
The Simsbury High School girls basketball team continues to roll along, posting a 9-2 record in its first 11 games of the season.
After a 5-1 start, the Lady Trojans had victories over Maloney (55-40), Hall (51-50), New Britain (57-49) and Southington (50-36). Their second loss of the season came at the hands of Northwest Catholic, 69-56.
Simsbury defeated Hall on the road by a buzzer beater made by freshman Zhizhou Miller. The Lady Trojans were down by nine in the third quarter and down by seven in the fourth quarter with three minutes to play but were able to pull out the win.
Said head coach Sam Zullo, “Our loss to Northwest Catholic was a tough one. We were up at by four with six minutes to play in the third quarter. We had controlled the tempo of the game to where we had wanted it to be and were positioned well to win the game. Northwest turned up the heat with some full-court pressure and ‘out toughed’ us for the remainder of the game. They got to every loose ball first, they got every rebound, and they showed more heart than we did.”
Simsbury’s bounce back game came against Southington.
“Our kids knew they got out worked by Northwest Catholic and were determined to not let that happen again,” said Zullo. “Our two days of practice leading up to the Southington game were our two best days of practice yet this season. The hard work paid off as we ended up defeating Southington, 50-36. As a team we were able to reduce our turnovers and be more patient on offense and play great half court man to man defense. These are the three things that I told the girls we wanted to build our program around, so it was nice to see them pay off and help us earn a big win.”
Zullo continued, “Overall the kids are beginning to believe that we deserve to be winning games and that we should expect to win games. This is something that takes time after having so many losing seasons in a row. We have a very tough schedule remaining, but the girls are playing with confidence and playing the right way. If we continue to take care of the ball, show patience and play tough man-to-man defense we can continue to compete and be proud of our efforts.”
A key moment in the game came when senior Allie Davis scored her 1,000th career point.