BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — There was a famous sport’s saying for decades from ABC’s Wide World of Sports, “The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat.” The Nonnewaug girls’ basketball team experienced both last week.
The Chiefs came into their game against Northwestern last week undefeated— so was Northwestern.
In the first of two meetings between the two teams, you could not have asked for a more dramatic ending.
Trailing by 10 points after three quarters, Nonnewaug went on a 14-0 run in the final period to win 36-32 the game and move into first place in the league standings.
Three days later, the Chiefs suffered through the agony part. Facing Housatonic (sitting at 4-4), Nonnewaug struggled to build much breathing room.
They held a one point lead with just seconds on the clock when Housy’s Emma Walsh hit a shot with four seconds left to send the Chiefs home with their first defeat of the season, losing 45-44.
In the Northwestern game, Ashley Hennesey sparked the fourth quarter come-back by scoring six of her game-high 12 points.
Freshman Sam Conti also scored six points in the final period to finish with eight points.
The Chiefs increased the defensive pressure in the final quarter and Coach Adam Brutting credited their intensity with turning the game around.
Against Housatonic, Nonnewaug led 17-11 after one quarter, but let Housy back into the game after going cold offensively in the second period.
They trailed at the half 24-23.
They were still trailing by three at the end of the third period and managed to get ahead by one point in the closing seconds only to lose on the heart-breaker shot.
Mallory Tomkalski led the team with 17 points, including five, three-pointers.
Senior Maddie Woodward chipped in with 10 points.