Tomahawks flirt with upset, fall short late

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
Sophomore Janvier Johnson goes to the hoop for a layup in the Tomahawks' close loss vs. Windsor on Jan. 30. Photos by Steve Smith.
Sophomore Janvier Johnson goes to the hoop for a layup in the Tomahawks' close loss vs. Windsor on Jan. 30. Photos by Steve Smith.

With Windsor's 12-1 record, the Glastonbury High School Tomahawks knew it would be a tough test for their basketball team. The Tomahawks entered the game at 8-6 and lost to Windsor earlier in the season, 103-67. After that loss, Glastonbury went on a five-game win streak, but then dropped the last three in what coach Jim Vaughan called the toughest part of the season.

Glastonbury was looking to make a statement in the second meeting, which wound up being much closer than the first. Glastonbury got out to a 7-0 lead, but Windsor's swift passing and transitions quickly got them back in the game. Most of the match was punch-counter-punch with the teams neck and neck in the fourth. Windsor found its second wind and got the ball to fall late and prevailed 77-71.

“We should have won,” Vaughan said, visibly disappointed. “I thought we were uninspired, and it was a game that was waiting to be had. Maybe it's just that the season is dragging on. We've just got to be better. Our effort was good, but I don't think we executed our game plan as well as we could have.”

The Tomahawks are still likely to make the state tournament, having previously beaten four of their five remaining opponents, but Vaughan said at this stage in the season, there isn't anything new that his players can be taught.

“We've just got to play smarter,” Vaughan said. “We'll be all right. It gets a little easier, and we'll work through things. I think we've got to play with more energy. [In practices] we've just got to put emphasis on not making the same mistakes over and over.”

Sophomore point guard Janvier Johnson had 25 points, including 10 of 11 free throws vs. Windsor, but Vaughan said the season has been all about the team effort, with different players stepping up each game.

“Everyone takes turns,” he said, adding that the team's collective mentality, while good in general, sometimes gets off track.

“We've just been inconsistent,” he said. “The team is fine. They like each other and work together well. We'll get back at it, and we'll be fine.”

Glastonbury faces Weaver at home on Feb. 9 and heads to South Windsor on Feb. 14.

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