GLASTONBURY - The Berlin girls basketball team did everything it could during the semifinal round of the CCC Tournament, but there was no stopping Enfield’s 6-foot-3 center, Mary Baskerville.
The Eagles center put up more than half of Enfield’s points Tuesday afternoon, finishing with a game-high 48, as the Redcoats fell to the Eagles 80-50.
Angela Perrelli finished with a team-high 21 points for Berlin.
“We just can’t contend with that size,” Redcoats head coach Sheila King said. “We’re very, very small and young inside. I think the girls did the best they could against that. That’s [Enfield’s] weapon and they just continue to use it all game.”
Baskerville used her size to her advantage not only to help her team score, but on the defensive side as well. The senior put up eight rebounds and 12 blocks.
“We just weren’t ready for what they were bringing,” Berlin guard/forward Lyzi Litwinko said. “They have a 6-foot-3 center and our tallest girl is 5-foot-10 so that’s really tough. At the end of the day we played hard, we fought hard and we had a good run.”
The Redcoats as a team average about 5-foot-4-inches, almost an entire foot underneath Baskerville.
“We don’t really have big players,” Berlin guard/forward Angela Perrelli said. “We’re more of a small team, so I guess playing against someone who’s 6-4 was a challenge for us. She was probably one of the biggest players ever we’ve seen. There wasn’t much you can do about that. You can try and block her but then you get a foul. You don't, she makes it.”
It also didn’t help Berlin got off to a slow start.
The Redcoats got four points from Perrelli, three from Litwinko and a basket from Ashley Wenzel during the first eight minutes of the game.
“We did not start the way we wanted to start,” King said. “It took us a while to get going, but then I thought we had a great second quarter. Angela Perrelli just played lights out for that quarter and played real aggressive. She was making her shots and I think she was key in that second quarter.”
Perrelli scored 14 points during the Redcoats’ 23-8 run in the second quarter, including three 3s. Alana Garofalo also added a three to Berlin’s run.
The Redcoats were able to tie the score going into the half, but that was as close as the game got as Enfield outscored Berlin by 30 pints in the second half.
“I feel like sometimes we need a pick-me-up and everyone gets on board once you’re going,” Perrelli said. “We can’t give up in the middle of a game. I know they were up 22-9 at the end of the first quarter, but we were able to tie it up and at the start of the third quarter it was a new game 0-0. I was hoping it would carry over into the third quarter but we gave it our best.”
As the Eagles advanced to face RHAM in the CCC final, the Redcoats will now get ready for the Class M state tournament.
“This isn’t exactly where I would have liked to end it, but I’m still proud of my team,” Litwinko said. “I had extreme confidence in my team because we’ve been growing ever since the first practice and I think our potential is unlimited.”
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