Berlin girls basketball still struggling to finish close games

Published on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 23:01


BERLIN - It was another close game for the Berlin girls basketball team Monday night that resulted in another close loss.

Along with the 49-44 loss to Southington, the close losses have been a constant for this year’s team as all seven of Berlin’s defeats have been by single digits.

Berlin has shown potential but has struggled to turn a corner and pull out tough wins.

“We’ve played some tough games as of late,” Redcoats head coach Sheila King said. “Again, it’s still a single digit loss for us but we’re in every game. We’re a young team and I can’t be displeased with what’s going on. We just take from each game and build on it.”

Down 45-42 late, the Redcoats had the ball and sophomore Lyzi Litwinko made an errant pass that was rushed, highlighting the offensive execution that was inconsistent throughout the game.

But with that, each game also presents Berlin with something to learn from.

“[Monday] we’re going to take the thought that we’re going to work on some court vision and need to get some better looks offensively,” King said.

Against Southington and its leading scorer Janette Wadolowski, the Redcoats did their best on the defensive end of the floor, slowing down Wadolowski at times.

She still ended up with 23 points but had the ability to score more, a testament to the defensive effort from Berlin.

“They’re working so hard defensively,” King said of her players. “You’ve got to expect some rushes down the other end of the floor especially with a young team. The decisions come sooner and we just gotta slow that down a little bit.”

With eight games remaining on its schedule, Berlin needs three wins to reach the state tournament, something that despite those close losses is well within reach.

It will come down to the young players and their progressions.

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 23:01. Updated: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 23:03.