New Britain girls basketball must learn to adapt to opponents

Published on Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:02
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEW BRITAIN - When the New Britain girls basketball team walked off the court against Wilbur Cross Friday night, a 56-28 loss in hand, it was clear the game could be divided into two distinct halves.

On the one hand, there was the Hurricanes team that went into halftime with a one-point lead and then there was the other New Britain team that was outscored 42-15 over the final two quarters of the game.

And afterward, one thing was definitely certain - the Hurricanes are going to have to do a better job against a press defense moving forward. They admitted as much after the game.

“The second half scoring really hurt us,” New Britain head coach Marc Wesoly said. “Only scoring three points in the third quarter compared to 14, we couldn’t get an open shot.”

Over the final eight minutes of play, New Britain was outscored 28-10. It also didn’t help the Hurricanes’ only points in the third quarter came on a three-point play from Inanna Rice.

That ineffectiveness against Wilbur Crosses’ press defense resulted in the Hurricanes committing a number of mistakes that, at the end of the night, hurt them more than the Governors’ play. Over the course of the second half, New Britain turned the ball over almost 30 times while committing nine fouls.

“We knew they were going to come out after us and we were prepared for it,” Wesoly said. “We just didn’t understand how hard it as going to be and that was the difference. We went from have six turnovers in the first half to having about almost 30.”

Losing Rice near the end of the third to a knee injury didn’t do the Hurricanes in the final quarter either.

With less than 10 seconds left in the third quarter, Rice hit the floor as her teammate, Saniya Pellegrini, and the Governors’ Anaija Ricks fell on top of her knee, taking Rice out for the remainder of the game.

By the end of the third quarter, the nine-point deficit was too much for the Hurricanes to handle and without the help of Rice, New Britain was starting to spiral during the last eight minutes of play.

“When Inanna Rice got hurt, I think some of us kind of got down,” Hurricanes point guard Gabby Roy said.

The first half played out much differently for New Britain.

The Hurricanes were able to handle Wilbur Cross’ low pressure in the first half and ended the second quarter up 15-14.

“I think this is the first team this year that has really gotten into our faces,” Roy said. “But with hard work and practice we’ll be able to overcome it.”

New Britain will have until Jan. 4, when it plays Wethersfield, to prepare to do so.

New Britain will have until Jan. 4, when it plays Wethersfield, to prepare to do so.

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:02. Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:04.