Southingtonâ€™s Ali Carr and Newingtonâ€™s Adam Belair have both contributed greatly in their respective teamâ€™s most recent wins, and have earned recognition as this weekâ€™s area Athlete of the Week picks as a result.
The Southington girls basketball team rolled past E.O. Smith during the first round of the CCC Tournament Thursday evening. Carr, a freshman, scored a career-high 19 points, helping Southington move on to the next round.
â€śWe were really excited to come out and play this game and we just really wanted to win,â€ť Carr said. â€śI really attacked the rim [Thursday night]. My coaches always tell me to, but I get tentative sometimes. I think that my confidence has built up a lot more since then and now I just have to keep attacking.â€ť
Carr has been side-by-side with Janette Wadolowski, as the two are the points leaders for the Blue Knights.
â€ś[Carr is] another scoring threat,â€ť Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. â€śSheâ€™s another girl that teams have to look at, because sheâ€™s really coming into her own. Sheâ€™s really developing as a freshman and we donâ€™t even consider her a freshman this late in the season, with all the minutes sheâ€™s played. Hopefully sheâ€™ll continue to play great.â€ť
Throughout the season, the Southington coaches have been stressing the fundamentals of the game and with Carr itâ€™s all about finishing those layups.
â€śSometimes [Carr] is just so explosive sheâ€™ll get underneath the basket,â€ť Forgione said. â€śWeâ€™ve been working on doing that jump, stop power layup and slowing it down just a little bit when she gets to the rim and focus on finishing. And she did a great job [Thursday] with that.â€ť
Southington lost during the second round of the CCC Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 69-51 to top-seeded RHAM.
â€śItâ€™s going to start to get physical now,â€ť Carr said. â€śItâ€™s going to take passion and heart to just win it and keep moving on.â€ť
Southington will begin its run in the Class LL Tournament next Monday.
Belair, the backup goaltender, was a major factor for the Newington-Berlin ice hockey team as it beat Hall-Southington 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday evening.
â€śAdam hasnâ€™t played as much this year, but we have a lot of confidence in him,â€ť Indians head coach David Harackiewicz said. â€śHeâ€™s a senior, heâ€™s an athletic kid and heâ€™s always the center around the puck. Heâ€™s confident in the net and he always knows where the puck is going to be.â€ť
Belair stopped 45 of 49 shots in the game.
â€śI give most of the credit to the guys who were out there skating,â€ť Belair said. â€śGiving up four goals in the second period and then coming back strong in the third, and winning in overtime, it was a great game.â€ť
With the help of Belair, the Indians are currently on a four-game winning streak. And Newington-Berlin plans on keeping up its momentum as the season winds down, with five more games remaining in the regular season.
â€śI think that is mostly because of the positivity that these guys have been bringing to the ice,â€ť Belair said.
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