Glastonbury freshman Madison Handrahan drives against Newington's Selah Prignano on Jan. 7
The girls’ basketball team at Glastonbury High School played tough against powerhouse Newington before coming out on the losing end, 47-23, at GHS on Jan. 7
Kiley Feeney scored the Guardians first six points and the game was tied midway through the first quarter before Newington’s senior Lilly Ferguson took over, scoring nine of her game-high 14 points over a six minute span to give the visiting team the lead for good.
Ferguson, who has committed to play basketball at the University of Massachusetts, and freshman Bela Cucuta, who added 10 points, led a second-quarter scoring surge as Newington closed the first half on a 12-0 run.
The visiting Nor’easters camped down defensively in the third quarter, holding the Guardians to four points in the quarter to cement the game away.
Glastonbury, who won three of four prior to the Newington game, showed some positive signs in defeat. Junior Gisel Astiasaran scored a team-high nine points and freshman Madison Handrahan came off the bench to provide a boost of energy.
Starters Alyssa Healy and Skylar Fiske also made plays on both ends of the court to keep the game competitive.
The team’s fight extended into the fourth where they outscored the Nor’easters 10-5 over the final eight minutes. Astiasaran scored six in the final frame and the team’s never-give-up attitude bled over into the final minute, evidenced by sophomore Hailey Moritaty taking a charge on the defensive end with 20 second remaining in regulation.
The Guardians, who started the season with a loss to Berlin, entered the game riding a three-game winning streak. They defeated East Catholic (37-19), Danbury (47-40), and Conard (51-36) before running into the Newington buzz saw. With the win, Newington moved to 7-0, having defeated all seven opponents by double digits.
Glastonbury’s next home game is slated to be Wed, Jan. 19 against Norwich Free Academy, starting at 6:45 p.m.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin