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Strong second half gives Kolbe-Cathedral 64-50 win over Masuk

Chiniki Fils (17 points) powers in for two

Chiniki Fils (17 points) powers in for two

Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) was a key in the KC 2nd half rally

Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) was a key in the KC 2nd half rally

(Monroe CT)  A strong second half enabled Kolbe-Cathedral to defeat Masuk, 64-50, on Friday night at Masuk.

The Cougars (7-7) trailed by nine (33-24) at the half but poured in forty points in the second half to win going away.

The two teams had met on January second at Bridgeport with the Cougars rallying to win by a point (68-67).  KC had been down by ten in that one but came back, as they did in this one, to get the victory.

Chiniki Fils (17 points) led all scorers and collected twelve of her points in the 4th quarter.  Masuk had no defensive answers for her around the basket.

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk

When Chiniki went to the bench with her third foul with 4:44 left in the second quarter the Cougars trailed by a point (18-16).  The Panthers, led by freshman Callie Engle, dominated the rest of the second period and led, 33-24, at the half.

Masuk (6-9) full-court pressure was working (15 KC turnovers) and the home team was able get high percentage shots in close.

All that changed in the second half.

Kolbe started and ended the third quarter with six unanswered points forcing turnovers and getting to the basket.  Freshman Trinity Bravo (14 points) had several steals, baskets, and assists while Masuk suffered through a 4-point quarter.

Panthers coach Alyssa Laczkoski lit into her team after the disastrous third but things didn’t get better.  Kolbe put eight straight together on three layups and a rebound basket to get up by nine (48-39) with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game.  Jana Migliaro later his three free throws to get Masuk within five (51-46) with 4+ minutes left.  Time was there to finish the comeback but Chiniki Fils had five free throws and two layups the rest of the way to seal it for Kolbe-Cathedral.

The Cougars won their third straight despite missing seventeen free throws (16-for-33).

Aftermath of 4-point third quarter

Aftermath of 4-point third quarter

Masuk ended up with twenty-six turnovers.  Many of the miscues led to immediate KC baskets.

Callie Engle had eight points in the second quarter for Masuk.

Jana Migliaro (11 points) made one three despite numerous attempts.  Coaches on the KC bench were yelling “Shooter” every time the senior co-captain touched the ball.

Senior Nia Fogle and freshman Trinity Bravo both had fourteen points for the Cougars.

Jana Migliaro and Brittany Rodriguez

Jana Migliaro and Brittany Rodriguez

Masuk hadn’t played in a week.  That was why I was surprised at how well they played in the first half.

Pressure works so much better when it gets set up after a made shot.

Masuk has lost four of their last five games.

Next for Masuk is a trip to Brookfield on Tuesday.  The Panthers won the previous meeting at home.

The Cougars will be hosting Joel Barlow on Monday.

Kolbe-Cathedral boxscore

Masuk boxscore

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Nia Fogle (14 points) in for two

Nia Fogle (14 points) in for two

tight defense

tight defense

Chiniki Fils

Chiniki Fils

tight defense

tight defense

Taylor Iorfino (10 points) gets a rebound

Taylor Iorfino (10 points) gets a rebound

blocking out

blocking out

Nia Fogle and Tiana Moraes

Nia Fogle and Tiana Moraes

 

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Mali Klorczyk (26 points) leads Newtown past Masuk 59-52

Jana Migliaro (24 points) saw plenty of Newtown defenders

Jana Migliaro (24 points) saw plenty of Newtown defenders

Mali Klorczyk (26 points) made five 3-pointers

Mali Klorczyk (26 points) made five 3-pointers

(Newtown CT) Jana Migliaro (24 points) and Mali Klorczyk (26 points) put on quite a show.

In the end it was Mali’s Newtown Nighthawks defeating Jana’s Masuk Panthers, 59-52, in a non-league girls’ game on Tuesday night.

Newtown (4-1) took the lead for good in the second quarter on a three by junior Haley Ryan.

Mali Klorczyk drained three 3’s in the third period to raise the N’Town advantage to thirteen but Masuk (1-3) rallied back.  Seven unanswered points to start the final quarter had the Panthers one shot away at 39-36 with six minutes to play.

Lauren Wilcox (16 points) gets in close

Lauren Wilcox (16 points) gets in close

Newtown, however, answered immediately with seven straight points featuring Mali Klorczyk’s fifth 3-pointer and pushed the Hawks’ lead back into the ten-point comfort zone.

The pace was hectic throughout.  In the first half the pace troubled both teams as there were  missed shots and turnovers galore.  The teams combined for fifteen turnovers in the first quarter alone.

Newtown led, 19-16, at the half.

The Hawks put Masuk in some serious trouble in the third quarter with eleven straight points in a two-minute segment.  Mali Klorczyk converted a rebound and nailed two straight three’s during the breakaway run.  Mali ended up with thirteen points in the quarter.

floor burns

floor burns

Senior Jana Migliaro did her best for Masuk to keep the Panthers in the game.  She made three’s, drives, and free throws while every Hawk seemed to take a try at containing her.  She drove fearlessly and ended up making twelve free throws.

I was impressed with the Newtown passing in the second half.  With Masuk trapping the ball, there were openings to be found in close with consecutive passes.  Lauren Wilcox (16 points) cashed in from in close seven different times.

The basketball games I see (in Massachusetts) are played with a shot clock.  Without that clock, teams have to be able to pressure an opponent and be able to handle pressure.  A coach where a shot clock is used (Massachusetts) can hide players on offense or defense but not in Connecticut.

I liked the idea of having team captains (Sarah Lynch and Jenny Skoog) recite the crowd conduct requirements before the game.

Kelly Merrick (14) sets a screen for Lauren Wilcox (5)

Kelly Merrick (14) sets a screen for Lauren Wilcox (5)

Kelly Merrick went out in the third quarter with a leg injury.

Newtown was 10-11 last year after winning the state championship in 2012.  This year’s team has one senior (Sarah Lynch).  The 2014-15 Hawks could be headed for some good things in the post-season if tonight’s combo of speed, passing, defense, and 3-point shooting gets perfected.

Underwhelming foul shooting by both teams.  Newtown was 9-for-21 while Masuk was 15-for-26.  My theory on poor foul shooting is that players practice 3-point shooting a lot more than free throw shooting.

I continue to be surprised by the number of baskets scored on inbounds plays.

Next game for Masuk is hosting Bethel on Saturday at 7PM.

Newtown returns to action on January 3rd on the road at Saddle River School in New Jersey.

Newtown    6  13     20  20   59
Masuk       11   5   13   23   52

Newtown boxscore
Masuk boxscore

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Olyvia Shaw (12) passes

Olyvia Shaw (12) passes

Mali Klorczyk (0) surrounded

Mali Klorczyk (0) surrounded

Jenny Skoog (23) and Sarah Lynch (10) instruct the crowd

Jenny Skoog (23) and Sarah Lynch (10) instruct the crowd

Newtown cheerleaders

Newtown cheerleaders

Newtown coach Jeremy OConnell

Newtown coach Jeremy OConnell

Taylor Iorfino (34) defends

Taylor Iorfino (34) defends

Haley Ryan

Haley Ryan

Jana Migliaro

Jana Migliaro

Gabby Beckett, Olyvia Shaw, and Megan Sheridan

Gabby Beckett, Olyvia Shaw, and Megan Sheridan

Sarah Lynch (10) goes down the lane

Sarah Lynch (10) goes down the lane

 

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