NEW BRITAIN - With the winter season well past the halfway point, athletes are putting their focus on qualifying for the postseason.
Southington’s Brianna Harris and Innovation’s Carlos Gonzalez have both helped their respective teams get the wins needed over the past week to reach the postseason.
The Innovation boys basketball team qualified for the first time since the program began (initially as Med-Ed Prep), in 2015.
The Ravens secured their spot Wednesday night, as they beat Achievement First 60-28. Gonzalez led Innovation with a game-high 16 points that evening.
Gonzalez’s efforts were also effective Friday evening in a close back-and-forth battle against MLC. Gonzalez scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
“I thought Carlos did a good job of not forcing things,” Innovation head coach Matthew Lance said. “He made a couple threes, he took good shots and he was still about to facilitate things the other way. He tried to get to the basket. He got his teammates involved.”
Gonzalez wasn’t just a shooter Friday night.
He found other ways to contribute, including getting his teammates involved.
“[Friday’s] game was definitely a fight,” Gonzalez said. “Throughout the second quarter, we brought the intensity and we were able to pull off the win.”
The Southington girls basketball team won its most recent game, against Newington, 50-33, and Harris was a helping hand.
Harris scored a game-high 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Of those 16 second-half points, nine came in the final quarter.
“Bri is another offensive threat that has made some big shots for us this season,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. “What I’m most proud of is the hard work she has put in to become a complete, all-around player. We have been focusing on her defense, where we always preach keeping your man away from the rim.”
Harris has been a lot more aggressive with her rebounding, especially when she’s going after loose balls.
Harris and Forgione talk all the time.
There is so much more to basketball than trying to score and she has bought into that concept and continues to improve in all aspects of the game, that don’t always show up on the stat sheet.
Harris always puts her teammates first and does whatever she can to help the Blue Knights continue to be a successful program.