PLAINVILLE - Plainville High School hosts the Rybczyk Memorial Holiday Tournament every season, but none of the current players on the Blue Devils girls basketball team had ever experienced hoisting the championship trophy on their home court.
That all changed Thursday night.
Amiyah Peters led all scorers with 20 points as Plainville beat SMSA 52-36 to win the Rybczyk Tournament.
“Winning the tournament was a big deal for us,” Blue Devils head coach Jessica Neuweiler said. “We haven’t won the tournament in a while.”
Plainville Caitlin Barker added 15 points and was named the tournament’s MVP, while Izzy Lozefski contributed 10.
Peters and Barker were named to the All-Tournament Team and Meghan Guimond won the sportsmanship award for the tournament.
Trailing by three after the first quarter, the Blue Devils went into the half up 28-24 and never looked back on their way to a commanding second half.
“The big difference was us controlling the tempo,” Neuweiler said. “We were getting beaten up and down the floor in the first quarter. But SMSA was also using a box-and-1 defense against Barker and Peters along with some other players really stepped up and made it a real team effort. That’s what made the difference.”
The title win now moves Plainville to 5-1 on the season, as the team has already matched its win total from last year.
“With this now being my second year as the head coach, the big thing entering the season was really knowing what the expectations are for this season and [our players] believing in themselves,” Neuweiler said. “We’ve had some really close games, where teams have made some big runs against us. The difference is our players knowing they can overcome those deficits and hold a lead and that’s letting them play playing with more confidence.”
Southington 70, Wolcott 41: The Blue Knights are heading back to Southington with an early season title.
Led by Wadolowski’s double-double, Southington beat Wolcott 70-41, winning Wolcott’s holiday tournament Thursday night.
Wadolowski finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, winning the tournament MVP in the process.
But what might have helped the Blue Knights the most was the first quarter.
“We came out fast and built up that 21-8 lead and never looked back and kept going from there,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said.
Bri Harris, Alli Carr and Madison Hulten all finished with double figures as well for the Blue Knights with 15, 11 and 10 points respectively.
For her performance, Carr was named to the All-Tournament team along with Wadolowski.
After the first quarter, Wolcott never stood much of a chance. Southington scored 18 points in the second, 13 in the third and 18 again in the fourth. Wolcott never scored more than 11 points over the final three quarters.
Berlin 49, South Windsor 43: Lyzi Litwinko hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send Berlin's girls basketball game against South Windsor into overtime, and the Redcoats used that momentum to then pull out a thrilling 49-43 victory Wednesday night.
Litwinko's clutch three-point shot was part of a 13-point night for the sophomore. Junior Angela Perrelli also scored 13 points for the Redcoats, who improved to 2-2 with the win.
Berlin had a big second quarter in the game as well, outscoring South Windsor 20-3 after getting off to a slow start in the opening period.
Senior Alana Garofalo and freshmen Carly Grega (7 points) and Ashley Wenzel were outstanding for Berlin in the game, helping lead the team to victory. The Redcoats get back on the court tonight against at home against Cheshire.
New Britain at Glastonbury Duals: The Hurricanes placed third at the Glastonbury Dual Thursday afternoon.
New Britain opened up the tournament with a win, beating Glastonbury 52-30. The Hurricanes then advanced to face Haddam-Killingworth where they fell 44-30.
But the matchup against Branford proved to be the most exciting.
Down 36-35 with one match to go, New Britain needed Isaiah Medina to win on a decision to sent the team to the finals. But Medina, unfortunately for the Hurricanes, fell short as New Britain fell 40-35.
The Hurricanes’’ Elijah Watson went 3-0 on the day while Juliano Morales, Oran Burnett, Elijah Aponte, Raul Mateo, Kevin Carasquillo and Ben Buinickus were all 2-1.
New Britain will be back in action Saturday as they will see Maloney and Staples at Maloney.