WETHERSFIELD - A relentless East Hartford High School attack, coupled with the Wethersfield High School girls basketball team’s own offensive struggles, pushed the Hornets (9-2) well over the Eagles (3-9) for a 63-40 road win last Tuesday night, Jan. 15.
The Hornets were spearheaded by Taylor Clark’s 15 points, all of them from behind the arc. Hannah Ohney put up 12 points and Shante Lamming had 11 on the night. For East Hartford, the win provided a little redemption coming off of a 1-2 stretch.
“We focused all week on coming back together,” said Hornets Head Coach Matt Rondinone after the game. “We talked about what our foundation was, what our principle was and how we were going to improve that.”
The two teams traded empty possessions for the first few minutes of the opening quarter, but the turnover problems that got Wethersfield in trouble in its last matchup against Manchester came back to haunt them. The closing seconds of the first quarter saw East Hartford in the driver’s seat, leading 13-2, but it would get far worse for the Eagles.
Fast forward a whole quarter. With 40 seconds left in the half, Ohney picked up the rebound off a teammate’s missed three-pointer and buried it to put the Hornets up by 20 at 30-10. It was Ohney again, adding insult to injury, with a three-point buzzer beater in the waning seconds of the second quarter to take East Hartford into the second half up 33-10. The Hornets could have turned over the ball twice on that last possession, had it not been for Ohnye’s two consecutive offensive rebounds that kept the pressure on.
“We passed the ball very well tonight--unselfish basketball,” Rondinone said. “We got a lot of open shots, and hit those open shots--in transition and on the kick outs.”
The Eagles’ next matchup is at home against a 10-2 Glastonbury on Friday night at 7 p.m.