Senior Night for Killingly High School's Redgals
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Feb. 14, 2011
Feb. 11 was Senior Night at Killingly High School, as the Redgals basketball team hosted the Fitch Falcons. All senior players on both teams were presented with single red roses. In spite of the lovely gesture, large division Fitch didn’t cede an inch to their medium division rival. The Falcons triumphed easily once Killingly’s Devin Hill fouled out in the third quarter. When she left the game, the score was 33-37, with Fitch up by two. The final score was 39-51.
Redgal Coach Jodi Petrozak thought her team played well in spite of the loss. “We’re borderline small division,” she said. Fitch has several thousand students to Killingly’s 800 students. “So the girls played outstanding again,” Petrozak said.
“My younger players stepped up. We had a couple freshmen in there tonight that picked up the game and did well. Emma Miller, Hannah Guari, Ijah Culbert and Janna Mullaly had quality minutes. But again, when you take your number-one scorer out of the game, it changes everything,” the coach added.
Hill had a very good game going, and she had a few early fouls called that took her out of her normal style of playing, Petrozak said.
The Redgal bench was shy a few players. Chief among them was starter Alicia Giambattista, who was on a class trip to Quebec.
Taylor Sarty drove the lane time and again, but she had trouble converting some free throws early on. Fitch committed its share of fouls, but the Redgals weren’t able to capitalize on them.
One bright spot in the evening was the recognition Meg Robinson received as she played her last home game in Killingly gym. Last year she was sidelined with a knee injury and didn’t play in a single game. She is looking into attending Springfield College in Massachusetts, High Point University in North Carolina, and some local colleges, as well.
“She’ll be missed,” Petrozak said. “She’s been a nice leader, a nice captain, a hard worker. She is a leader on and off the floor. She does excellent in the classroom, as well.”
Killingly High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Jodi Petrozak
Number of Seasons: 3
Three years ago, she started out with a lean basketball squad. “My first year we had 10 young ladies in the program,” Petrozak said. “Last year, we had 16. This year, we have 16 players as well, with one non-returning player from last year’s squad.”
Senior, Forward, Captain #23
Robinson’s career points total 420. She shot 53 percent from the free throw line. She has had 47 assists, 105 steals, 25 blocks and 288 combined offensive and defensive rebounds.
Junior, Center, #15
Hill is and has been the leading scorer for the three years she has played for the Redgals. She is 5’11” tall and an aggressive player. Her career stats include 602 total points, 44 assists, 128 steals, 116 blocks and 587 offensive and defensive rebounds combined.
Sophomore, Point Guard, #2
Sarty’s nickname is “Speedy.” The coach says she has no fear. “She got a concussion in a scrimmage early in the season and we lost her for the first two games. It hurts when you’re starting point guard is out,” Petrozak said.