NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain girls basketball team has 10 games left in its season.
That means, at 3-7, the Hurricanes still have to win five of those games to qualify for the postseason.
But the way the season has played out thus far for New Britain that will certainly not be easy. Losers of their last six games and with Southington and Rocky Hill this week, the Hurricanes will continue to be tested.
“We have to break [the remaining schedule] up into quarters,” New Britain head coach Marc Wesoly said. “We’re halfway through the season, we’re trying to get five more [wins] and it starts with Southington on Tuesday.”
Currently in the midst of its toughest schedule in the last three seasons, New Britain’s most recent loss, a 58-38 defeat at the hands of Medgar Evers on Saturday, showed how much the Hurricanes still need to improve upon.
The Cougars traveled all the way from Brooklyn, N.Y. to play the Hurricanes. New Britain boys basketball head coach Kurt Reis was able to set up the double-header because he had prior connections with Devon Irving, Medgar Evers head coach.
Playing an opponent from out of state, the Hurricanes had little information on the five-person team that was able to control most of the game that afternoon.
“The first quarter, Medgar Evers had four 3s,” Wesoly said. “That’s really what shot us in the foot. When we watched them play, those guards, Kayla Williams and Kaylah Evans, didn't really do anything. The only guard we were worried about was 22, Tailyr Manhertz. They came out on fire. When you got scout a team for one time you don't see everyone's potential.”
The Hurricanes were able to put the first four points on the board, but only before the Cougars went on a 16-0 run. In the first quarter alone, Williams shot 3-for-3 from beyond the arch while Evans had a 3 of her own.
“[Give] credit to them five girls, playing 32 minutes and going hard,” Wesoly said. “Our girls kind of get upset when we run sprints but imagine what they do with only five people and to stay conditioned for 32 minutes.”
It didn’t help that the Hurricanes missed 19 shots within two feet of the hoop, 14 of those misses came from the team’s bigs. Those baskets add up to a total of 38 potential points New Britain could have scored.
“I told the girls if you have made half of those we could’ve won the game,” Wesoly said. “We didn’t and we work on those things in practice day in and day out. If we go through the motions in practice we should be able to go through the motion in games.”
New Britain has a lot to work on before it tips off tomorrow at Southington High School. The Hurricanes know the Blue Knights have a solid roster and will watching for key players tomorrow evening.
“We’re going to prepare for Janette Wadolowski,” Gabby Roy said. “They have a lot of role players and we’re going to watch some film and see what we can do.”
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org