Foran-Lyman Hall game story
Foran High girls basketball coach Scott Nails was seeing double in the Lions’ Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional home opener against Lyman Hall of Wallingford on Friday night, and, quite frankly, he didn’t like what he saw.
“You can’t have a double-figure night in missed layups (13) and you can’t have a double-digit margin from the foul line (10-of-21) and expect to win,” Nails said after the Lions dropped their second straight game of the season, losing to the Trojans 41-39 in overtime.
“We did such a good job in holding them to fourteen first-half points and then we couldn’t hold them down the stretch.”
Foran had a seven-point lead, 31-24, with a little over three minutes left in regulation, only to see the Trojans reel off seven consecutive points, to send the game into an extra session.
Foran led 7-5 after one quarter and the Lions were up 17-14 at the intermission.
With the Trojans missing a high number of shots (14-of-54 for the game) early in the third quarter, Foran was twice able to open up seven-point leads before the visitors cut the margin to 23-20 at period’s end.
When the Lions’ Kelly Quinn converted a pair of free throws with 3:03 remaining, Foran held a 31-24 lead.
The Lions failed to score another point in the final three-plus minutes, while Lyman Hall, behind Nicole Mierzejewski, scored seven straight.
Foran had a chance to take the lead with 1.4 seconds left from the foul line, but missed both attempts.
After drawing even at 36-36, the Trojans got back-to-back baskets from Mierzejewski and Krista Peterson to take a 40-34 lead which they never gave up.
The loss left Foran at 0-2. The Lions opened with a 77-46 defeat to top-ranked Career Magnet of New Haven.
“We’re just going to have to work harder in order to get better,” Nails said. “We’re definitely going to take more shots and attempt more free throws in practice.”
Taylor Ceballos and Quinn both scored 10 apiece for Foran.
Ceballos also had eight rebounds, where Foran held a 36-32 edge.
Foran was 11-of-34 (32 percent) from the floor, but the Lions turned the ball over 26 times to only 14 for the Trojans.
Ceballos scored 25 points to lead the Lions versus Career and the freshman added 14 rebounds.
Alex Librandi scored seven points, Jenna Zacarelli five, and Dani Kemp and Lucy Weissauer had four points each.
Foran will visit West Haven Friday at 7 and host East Haven on Tuesday night.