FARMINGTON - The New Britain girls basketball team carried in the bitter chill from outside into the Farmington gym on Thursday night, suffering through a cold night from the field in a sluggish 39-28 loss to Farmington.
The win for the Indians snapped a five-game losing streak, while New Britain dropped its seventh game of the season. All seven losses have been by double digits.
Jada Hubbard led the scoring for New Britain, finishing with eight points. Brianna Clarke labored through a rough shooting start, but chipped in six points. Rylee Fountain paced the Farmington offense with nine points. Only five New Britain players found their way into the scoring column.
“We just couldn’t make a layup,” New Britain head coach Marc Wesoly said. “We can’t put a ball in the ocean right now … if we were able to make our layups, that makes a big difference in the score.”
Farmington struggled from the field itself, but capitalized on turnovers while cashing in from the free throw line, hitting 16 foul shots to account for almost half its scoring for the night.
“Our goal is to keep opponents under 40 points, and we did that tonight,” Wesoly said. “But unfortunately, we could only score 28.”
Neither team scored from the field through the first three minutes of the first quarter, until New Britain’s Raven-Symone Jarrett banked in a deep three to give the Hurricanes the lead. Jarrett’s jumper ended a Hurricanes streak of seven-straight missed field goals to start the game.
Fortunately for the Hurricanes, the defense held the fort while the offense tried to wake itself up. The New Britain defense held Farmington without a field goal through the first six minutes of the game, using their height advantage to disrupt Farmington’s shooters.
Farmington opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run, but New Britain senior Brianna Clarke rebounded from a cold start to make two of her final three field goal attempts of the half to remain within arm’s reach at the break.
The Hurricanes’ shooting struggles continued in the second half. Clarke converted the team’s only field goal of the quarter, but was quickly forced to the bench due to foul trouble. Again, the defense kept Farmington at bay, but were unable to overcome a sluggish offense, which missed on 14 layup attempts in the first half alone.
Wesoly tried a full court press to turn some defense into offense, only to come up empty. The Hurricanes mustered just three third quarter points, while the Farmington lead swelled to double digits. With the way the offense was shooting, that was way too much to overcome.
“We’ve been really cold, but we just need to get it back,” Mills said. “I have faith that we can turn it around if we just keep practicing and working hard.”
Farmington 39, New Britain 28
New Britain 5 7 3 13 - 28
Farmington 6 12 9 12 - 39
NEW BRITAIN: Maya Slisz 3-0-6, Raven-Symone Jarrett 1-1-5, Brianna Clarke3-0-6, Tony Mills 1-0-3, Jada Hubbard 2-1-8.
FARMINGTON: Rylee Fountain 1-1-9, Carolyn Ives 2-0-8, Amanda Rodrigues 2-0-4, Emma Novajasky 2-0-6, Ali Godfrey 0-0-2, Daria Fournier 2-0-7, Molly McGuigan 1-0-2, MacKenzie Collins 0-0-1.
Record: New Britain 2-7.