Shooting woes doom Eagles in tournament final
Jonathan Law girls basketball coach Heather Saucier plays mathematician right after every one of her teams’ games.
She does the numbers, rebounds, shooting percentages, assists and steals from her tape of the previous game.
A grimace must have come over Saucier’s face when she finished her work from last week’s Shelton Christmas Tournament championship game, one in which the Eagles lost to Bunnell-Stratford, 37-25, last Wednesday night in Shelton.
“We shot 7-of-57 from the field,” Saucier said. “That comes out to a shooting percentage of .122. What’s strange is we didn’t face a team that did anything different defensively and we took the same type of shots that we normally take.”
Saucier is glad that the game is behind her players.
“Mathematically, we shouldn’t expect to see numbers like that again,” she said. “Our kids responded well to the loss. They were right back in the gym the next day and many wanted to have it opened early so that could take additional shots.”
Law advanced to the championship game by defeating Norwalk, 57-39, last Monday. That night they shot 34 percent, converting 16-of-47 attempts.
Although the team’s high scorer, Casey Dulin, was held to 12 points, 8-plus points below her average, the Eagles had two other players in double figures. Avery Rourke scored 12 and Jackie Kochiss had 10.
“In all of our wins (four), we’ve had at least three players hit in double digits,” Saucier said. “Our offense is set up that way. If our younger players don’t come through, it just puts added pressure on Casey.”
Against Bunnell, Dulin had 15. Nobody else scored more than six points.
“I blame something like this on the vacation break,” Saucier said. “It’s hard to play consistently when your players are on their own. They may not be sleeping or eating right or they may be staying out too late.
“We weren’t mentally focused to play and it showed.”
Law took a 4-3 record into a Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division home game with Hillhouse on Tuesday night, after press time.