Wadolowski's 36 points not enough as Southington girls basketball falls to Glastonbury in first round of Class LL tournament

Published on Monday, 26 February 2018 22:54
Written by SHELBY IAVA


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington’s girls basketball team’s run in the Class LL state tournament was over much sooner than it had expected.

It was almost a repeat of the last time the Blue Knights took on Glastonbury with the same result.

Southington got little production outside of Janette Wadolowski’s 36 points as the Blue Knights fell to the Tomahawks in the first round of the state tournament Monday night 61-54.

Alli Carr and Kelley Marshall were the team’s second-leading scorers with six points each.

“We’re a young team so this is something that we have to learn from,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. “We knew what we needed to do, to finish and the nice thing was the kids were really disappointed. And I told them, don’t be mad, be disappointed because you get mad when you don’t give it everything you have, but be disappointed that we didn’t do enough to win the game. Welcome to LL.”

The Blue Knights did keep it competitive, tying the game up 47-47 with 4:47 left to go.

“I honestly was thinking if we can keep it close, we could knock down a shot,” Forgione said.

But unfortunately for Southington, things did not go the way it had hoped.

Glastonbury went on to score 14 points in the last three minutes of the game.

“A coach came up to me this year and said, ‘Southington’s going to have a rough year’ and he goes, ‘it’s Janette and a bunch of JV players,’” Forgione said. “And he was just being honest, just talking. He said they were just young and not really ready so we used that as a slogan all year, Janette and the JV team, we’ll see.”

The Blue Knights were able to maintain a stable lead for the first eight minutes with Wadolowski able to put up the first four points of the game, but not before Glastonbury’s Aleigha Partee sank her first of many baskets.

Partee finished tied for a team-high 17 points along with Charlotte Bassett.

The Tomahawks, however, came out of the second quarter ready to play and took control of the game.

Glastonbury’s Allyson Haddad ignited a 7-2 run to take the lead. The Blue Knights managed to get within four points, but the Tomahawks continued to score, ending the half with Southington trailing by five.

“We knew they had the two really good guards, (Bassett and Partee) and they both added a lot of Glastonbury,” Forgione said. “At the end of the day we knew that them two and Janette would even out, and they kind of did.”

The third quarter was back-and-forth between the teams.

The Tomahawks, though, were able to keep a constant lead of four or more throughout the third period. With just five minutes left, Carr was able to make back-to-back baskets, bringing the Blue Knights within one (30-29), but that is as close as they would get.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a battle. It’s really do or die at this moment,” Carr said. “We just came in with a mindset ‘we can do this’, it was all in or nothing and I think some of us went in a little nervous. I really wasn’t on my A game from the start and if I would have been it would’ve helped. We just wanted to win, and sometimes you just don’t, and that’s how today went.”

Southington ended its season 16-7 overall and 15-5 during its regular season.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington on Monday, 26 February 2018 22:54. Updated: Monday, 26 February 2018 22:56.