Tomahawks fall just one game short
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Feb. 21, 2012
Glastonbury's boys' varsity hoops team dropped the semi-final match vs. St. Joseph's High School (Trumbull) on March 15, by a score of 62-42.
The Cadets were able to score first, and employed a full-court press early and often, stifling the Tomahawks, and jumping out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter.
Glastonbury was able to pick up some momentum off of turnovers in the second frame, but still trailed by 9 at the half.
The Cadets came out swinging again in the third, and were up 43-29 after three. They slowed the pace, and Glastonbury had very little time of possession.
Ironically, it was Glastonbury's ability to play defense, control the clock, and keep other teams' scoring low that helped get them to the semifinals, after defeating Hall, Hartford Public and Westhill by scores of 62-43, 45-44, and 55-48, respectively.
Vaughan said his team played defense well, and 62 points is a low score for St. Joe's, who had dropped 89 points on Brien McMahon High School in the quarterfinals.
“I think this was a low-scoring game,” he said. “We had St. Joe's in the low-50's, mid-fourth quarter. I thought our defense was great. We just didn't make shots - some of that is what St. Joe's makes you do. We lost to a better team.”
Glastonbury was not picked by many to make it as far as the state semifinals, so the season was still quite a success.
“I couldn't ask for more of this group,” Vaughan said. “They have the heart of a champion. No one thought we'd be here now, except for us.”
Still, Vaughan said, the team thought they had what it took to go all the way.
“Last year, we played St. Joe's tough in the first round,” he said. “I thought if we played well, we'd win. We did everything well, but shoot.”
“They play,” Vaughan said of this year's team. “They play so hard. It's been a great ride.”
When asked about next year's Tomahawks, Vaughan said he's losing six seniors, including four starters, but said the younger players will make plenty of noise.
“We'll be fine,” he said.