WATERTOWN - Despite being out-numbered by teams this season, say this much for the 2019-2020 Watertown High School girls’ basketball team: they come out to play, and play hard from the outset.
Some day, perhaps soon, the young Indians will remember the games this season where their more experienced opponents began to pull away from them and return the favor.
February 7 was a good example of a game for coach Jason Hurdle’s team to file away for future reference; after a tightly-played first quarter against Torrington High School at the Cook Gym, the Red Raiders hit the gas pedal, going on a 34-20 run through the second and third quarters to take an important Iron Division win, 63-43.
For Torrington, the win was important in that it was their seventh of the season in 17 games, bringing them to within one victory of qualifying for the CIAC tournament.
Watertown’s hopes for the post-season faded away awhile ago, giving Hurdle opportunities to get his team important varsity minutes which should serve them well in the coming seasons.
Among the players to keep an eye on are freshman Alana Johnson, who scored a team-high 14 points; sophomores Paige Daigneault and Marissa Forino, who added 10 and nine points respectively and junior Cayla D’Elia, who scored six points.
Kate Mooney, a junior, topped three THS players in double-figures with 13 points; sophomore Marissa Burger added 12 and freshman Leah Pergola contributed 11 points.
1 2 3 4 T
Torrington 13 17 17 16 63
Watertown 12 12 8 11 43
Marissa Forino 3-2-9; Lilliana Spagnoletti 0-0-0; Adriana Dandonoli 0-0-0; Alana Johnson 5-4-14; Paige Daigneault 4-0-10; Kara Davidson 0-0-0; Mary Massaro 1-0-2; Kristina Kyle 1-0-2; Cayla D’Elia 2-2-6; Ashley D’Elia 0-0-0; Alex Welcome 0-0-0. TOTALS: 16-8-43.
3-pt. FG: Daigneault, 2; Forino.
It’s been quite a season for Naugatuck High School’s basketball teams, who have combined to go 28-4 this season, with the ‘4’ belonging to the girls, as do 13 wins, the latest coming against the Indians, 76-58 at the Cook Gym on February 4.
Naugatuck was able to withstand a flurry of three-point field goal shooting by Watertown’s Paige Daigneault, who hit five shots from behind the arc in compiling 17 points.
From the field, the Indians played even-Steven, with Naugy holding a 23-20 edge; the major difference came at the free throw line, where the Hounds, as top teams tend to do, took advantage of more opportunities, outscoring WHS, 24-11.
Marissa Forino was her usual All-NVL caliber self, leading the Indians with 22 points on the night, with Cayla D’Elia adding 15.
1 2 3 4 T
Naugatuck 19 14 18 25 76
Watertown 11 14 12 21 58
Marissa Forino 7-6-22; Adriana Dandonoli 0-0-0; Alana Johnson 1-0-2; Paige Daigneault 6-0-17; Kara Davidson 0-0-0; Mary Massaro 0-2-2; Cayla D’Elia 6-3-15; Ashley D’Elia 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20-11-58.
3-pt FG: Daigneault, 5; Forino, 2.