NEW BRITAIN - From the opening tip off, Monday night’s game belonged to the Newington girls basketball team.
The Indians held the New Britain scoreless for the first ten minutes of play and went into the half up 35-9.
The 26 deficit was too much for the Hurricanes to handle, as Newington went on to rout New Britain 62-42.
“We were very focused and energized to start the game,” Newington head coach Richard Bangs said. “We were hitting our rotations and getting hands in passing lanes. We really executed on defense first and that was really the key to getting the game started in our favor and we just kind of steamed rolled from there.”
The Indians forced four turnovers over the first eight minutes, helping them hold the New Britain at zero for the duration of the first quarter.
Abygale Flores put Newington on the board first, but the score remained 2-0 until there was three minutes left in the quarter. Olivia St. Remy and Sabrina Soler hit back-to-back shots while Gio Rivera hit one of two foul shots to end the quarter at 9-0 in favor of the Indians.
New Britain’s first points on the game didn’t happen until 2½ minutes into the second quarter when Tianna Sweeney hit a basket for two.
But Newington’s Ashanti Frazier answered right back with a 3-pointer. Frazier scored 16 of the Indians 35 points in the first half and a game-high 23 points total. Sweeney led the Hurricanes with 11.
“Everyone had a good attitude going into warmups and it just transferred into the game,” Frazier said. “I thought today was a team win. We are all there to pick each other up. When I was down in the first quarter I didn’t score anything but my team was there for me and picked me up. Second quarter, I had a huge lead, and everything just worked out.”
Frazier herself went on a 7-0 run for the Indians in the second quarter. St. Remy also added two points to the score before the Hurricanes would find the inside of the net.
In total, Newington outscored New Britain 26-9 in the second.
“We couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean for the first half and that really hurt us,” New Britain Head coach Marc Wesoly said. “Newington made shots, they had 26 points in the second quarter and one thing was talked about was we have to have heart.
“The heart showed in the second half, I need more of that.”
The second half was more competitive with the Hurricanes outscoring the Indians 33-27 over the final 16 minutes of play.
But the start of the third looked like it would end up being just as one-sided as the first half had been.
Newington then started the third quarter with a 10-0 run before New Britain’s Gabby Roy hit a 3 to end it.
The Hurricanes were finally able to go on a run of their own as Raven Symone Jarrett sparked an 8-0 stretch for New Britain. But as the third quarter ended, the Indians held a 49-20 advantage going into the final period.
That just also happened to be the Hurricanes best quarter of the night as they outscored Newington 22-13. It just wasn’t enough to catch the Indians at the end.
“Usually if our game doesn’t start off the way we would like it too, if the team is ahead by a certain amount of points everybody including me, just hold our heads down,” Jarrett said. “Sometimes we can’t seem to bring ourselves back up, but today we were able to do that a little bit.”
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