E.O. Smith hands Tolland its first loss of the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Fri., Jan. 20, 2012
Sammie Olson has her eye on the basket as she goes in for a layup. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Sammie Olson has her eye on the basket as she goes in for a layup. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Kristin Schatzlein averages 18.4 points per game for Tolland High School. By the end of the first quarter of a Jan. 19 game against E.O. Smith High School, she had already scored 18.

Both girls' basketball teams came in unbeaten. E.O. Smith is averaging 65 points against their opponents so far this season. But the Panthers were clearly having a hard time containing Schatzlein. Then E.O. Smith coach Kirk Murad made the decision to bring Alexa Manaskie into the game. Manaskie stuck to Schatzlein like glue, and managed to hold her to an additional seven points throughout the remainder of the game. The final score was 62-51, giving Tolland their first loss of the season.

Schatzlein lead the offense with her 25 points during a game that found Tolland leading E.O. for much of the way. By the end of the first quarter it was 23-18 Tolland. At halftime it was 33-32. It wasn’t until the final period that E.O. Smith really started to pull away. Murphy Murad and Ashley Forand scored on a number of three-pointers, and E.O. was ahead by 56-43 with more than three minutes still left in the game.

High scorer for E.O. Smith was Murphy Murad with 22 points.

Schatzlein has accepted a full athletic scholarship and will play for Fairfield in the fall. Earlier this season, she broke the all-time Tolland High School scoring record previously held by her older sister, Kelly.

Tolland and E.O. Smith will meet again on Feb. 13, at Tolland High School, beginning at 7 p.m.


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