BRISTOL - Caitlin Barker did her best to keep the Plainville girls basketball team in the contest as she had a game-high 32 points against Bristol Eastern.
Though, it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils fell 56-45 to the Lancers Saturday afternoon.
Other than Barker’s production, offense was hard to come by as just three other players scored for the Blue Devils that were without senior guard Izzy Lozefski.
“I had four kids score,” Plainville head coach Jessica Neuweiler said. “That’s a huge difference for us. Izzy [Lozefski] brings a lot. Not just those 10 points but that leadership mentality. Being a senior captain and being seasoned. We miss that. I’m hoping that she’ll be back soon. Those ankle injuries linger a little bit.”
It got off to a good start for Plainville.
Plainville led 13-2 late in the first quarter and Bristol Eastern was struggling offensively as the Blue Devils controlled the tempo of the game.
Barker had seven of the 13 points scored on the run start with a layup, two free throws and a 3-pointer to get the Blue Devils going.
As the first quarter clock was winding down, Bristol Eastern went on a 6-0 run, four points coming from Miranda Janick and a basket from Jordan Ouellette.
The Blue Devils lead was 13-8 at the end of the first quarter.
To begin the second, Bristol Eastern continued its run, extending it to eight as Cheyenne Sargent had an offensive rebound that she put back in to bring the Lancers within three.
Plainville’s Amiyah Peters stopped the Bristol Eastern run at eight with a basket of her own.
With the score 17-10 the Lancers went on a 8-0 run of their own. Cali Doyon hit a pair of free throws, Avery Arbuckle had an offensive rebound put back, Janick scored on a fast break and Janick followed it up with a short range jumper in front of the hoop to give Bristol Eastern its first lead of the game.
After the runs by each team it was back and forth for a few minutes.
The score was tied up midway through the second quarter at 24-24.
With time halftime approaching the Lancers went on a 6-0 run to close out the half.
Ouellette scored four of the six points and Sage Scarritt had a layup.
In the third quarter Bristol Eastern continued its control of the game.
With the score 37-30, Ouellette knocked down a free throw, Janick hit a layup, Maghini knocked down a short jumper and the Lancers lead was extended to 42-30.
Down 51-35 in the fourth Plainville tried its best to make a comeback attempt as the Blue Devils went on a 7-0 run, five points coming from Barker.
Although, the attempt fell short for the Blue Devils as time ran out.
“We’re young,” Neuweiler said. “The future of the program is bright. We just have to continue to get better every single day. Right now that’s where my mind is as a coach. How do I keep pushing them every day to work on the little things that translate into the game.”
For Bristol Eastern nine players were in the scoring column.
Janick led the way with 17 points, Maghini added 13 and Ouellette had 12 for the Lancers.
Bristol Eastern moved to 6-7 on the season with the win and will host Glastonbury on Monday at 6:45 p.m.
Plainville fell to 8-4 on the season and will host Northwest Catholic Monday night at 6:45 p.m.