TORRINGTON >> Girls basketball coaches Mike Fritch and Phil Lott came away from a 47-32 Torrington win over Crosby wanting something extra for Christmas.
Crosby Coach Phil Lott, blessed with an athletic team, wants more basketball savvy for his team (0-3).
Torrington Coach Mike Fritch, with a cohesive starting lineup (2-1), wants more intensity.
Red Raider All-State guard/forward Brie Pergola started the game with six of Torrington’s first 10 points while Torrington’s full court press rattled the Bulldogs into three turnovers in the first two minutes.
“I’d just like us to be able to get off a shot,” said Coach Lott.
Bulldog center Leyda Colon got Crosby’s first point, at the foul line with 2:20 left in the quarter.
By then, despite a 10-1 Torrington lead, Coach Fritch had his own frustrations, following a Crosby steal and two straight Crosby blocks.
Part of it was a need for more Raider savvy on shot selection; the other part, Fritch ascribed to Torrington’s lack of intensity.
“When you practice in slow motion, you play in slow motion,” he said, following a game in which the Raiders came close to knocking off two-time defending NVL champion Holy Cross with the opposite side of their emotions.
Torrington guard Shannon Reardon picked up the pace with a steal and coast-to-coast layup just before Crosby’s Erica Soares dropped in the first Bulldog field goal, ending the quarter 12-3.
Sydnee Kovall, Alyssa Maraia and Reardon extended Torrington’s lead to 20-9 with two minutes left in the half.
Then, with most of Torrington’s starters on the bench, Crosby freshman forward Tiahna Pulliam scored the last six points of the half.
Leading by just five at the start of the second half, the Red Raider starters were back to stay, along with some added zest.
In an 18-5 Torrington third period, sophomore guard Maraia scored 7 of her 11 points for the game.
Pergola, with her second double double in a row, had 4 of her team-high 13 points to go with 12 rebounds.
Reardon popped in another basket to go with her 12 points for the game.
Alexis Tyrrell finished off the quarter with a three at the buzzer.
Leading 38-20 into the final period, the game was over but coaching Christmas lists continued.
Torrington had just two foul shot attempts while giving up 17 to the Bulldogs. Coach Fritch would like his defenders to move their feet much faster than that.
Crosby lost the turnover battle 29-22. Coach Lott hopes Santa’s bag is full of new-found basketball savvy for his athletes.
Torrington 47, Crosby 32
At Torrington High School
Crosby 3 12 5 12 – 32
Torrington 12 8 18 9 – 47
Crosby (32): Da’ahjah Heath 1-0-2; Gloria Vergeli 3-2-9; Destiny Cancel 1-0-3; Erica Soares 1-1-3; Leyda Colon 1-2-4; Tiahna Pulliam 3-5-11; Totals: 10-10-32.
Torrington (47): Alexis Tyrrell 1-0-3; Colleen Kilgore 0-0-0; Brie Pergola 6-0-13; Sydnee Kovall 3-0-6; Shannon Reardon 6-0-12; Sara Bardwell 1-0-2; Alyssa Maraia 5-0-11; Kirsten Gray 0-0-0; Amelia Mierzwinski 0-0-0; Kayla Williams 0-0-0; Totals: 22-2-47.
Halftime score: 20-15 Torrington
3-point goals: C – Vergeli; Cancel. T – Tyrrell; Pergola; Maraia.
Records: Crosby 0-3; Torrington 2-1.