EHHS basketball hopeful for new season

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
East Hartford starts up after a time-out during the third round of a recent scrimmage. Photos by Evan Pajer.
East Hartford starts up after a time-out during the third round of a recent scrimmage. Photos by Evan Pajer.

On Nov. 27, East Hartford High School's varsity girls' basketball team met Rocky Hill for its third-to-last pre-season scrimmage game before the start of the regular season. The team showed off its skills, winning two of four rounds played.

The team played four 10-minute rounds, 5-on-5. The first round seemed like a warm-up for both teams, who traded baskets to end at a 6-6 tie. The second round was more impressive for East Hartford, which quickly gained and maintained a lead to end the round at 17-12.

By far, the most exciting part of the game was a comeback by East Hartford after losing their only round of the night. The third round began with East Hartford quickly establishing a 3-2 lead. Just as the third round began to look like a copy of the second, Rocky Hill tied the game with a free throw, followed by three uninterrupted two-point shots that left the round at 9-3 with slightly over a minute to go. East Hartford gained possession of the ball, and made a three-pointer just seconds before the end buzzer, leaving the third round at 9-6.

The fourth round began looking like another loss for the Hornets, who scored only one point off a free throw before quickly falling behind 7 points to Rocky Hill, who seemed to be effortlessly using East Hartford's rebounds against them. With the game at 1-8, East Hartford began its comeback, scoring back-to-back. Despite Rocky Hill gaining three more points from free throws and maintaining a 6-point lead, East Hartford came from behind with a pair of three-point shots in the last minute of the round. Just as Rocky Hill got into position to score, the buzzer rang, ending the round at 12-11 in favor of East Hartford.

Although pre-season games are not officially scored or ranked, the team's victory over Rocky Hill showed that the program is ready to compete in the regular season. This year is coach Matt Rondinone's first at the varsity level after two years coaching the junior varsity team. "We're looking to build a program that builds on toughness," Rondinone said. "We're looking for our senior leaders to guide a young program into the future to compete and make the state tournament."

The team will begin its season against Wethersfield on Dec. 7.


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