Lady Tomahawks take down Bobcats in quarterfinals
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Mar. 8, 2013
The Lady Tomahawks made a show out of the Class LL quarterfinal vs. rival South Windsor, besting the Bobcats 60-42. Glastonbury never trailed in the game, getting out to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter and putting pressure on South Windsor throughout the contest.
“I knew if we got the lead and made them chase us, we’d be in good shape,” said coach Brian Fleming. “South Windsor’s an excellent team, and I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I knew they played us close early [previously], and if we could get a lead on them, and we did that early, we could make it difficult for them.”
Fleming added that he was proud of how his team played, especially with a large contingent of Bobcat fans sitting right behind them in the GHS gymnasium. South Windsor came into the match with an identical 20-2 record to Glastonbury, but both of those Bobcats losses were to the Tomahawks.
Senior guard Courtney Latham had 20 points and Ashley Mulryan had 13. Fleming said Latham “makes players better and has a heart of gold.”
“She wants one thing and one thing only, and we just took one more step toward that,” he said.
Fleming said the Tomahawks won because they believed in themselves and put the past out of their minds. “Everyone was saying all week that it’s tough to beat team three times,” he said. “I told them we’re not trying to beat a team three times, we’re just trying to beat a team on Thursday.”
At press time, the Tomahawks were awaiting the outcome of the other quarterfinal, to see who they would play on March 11. In the meantime, Fleming said he won’t tinker too much with the team’s mode of operations.
“We enjoy it tonight and we’ll scout tomorrow,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to change much at this point. We’ll defend and rebound and then look to make plays when we need to.”