Girls basketball: Law looking to win the close games

If Jonathan Law High’s girls basketball team can turn its fortunes around in close outcomes, of which the team was on the losing end of many a season ago, this should to be a successful campaign for coach Dan Young’s squad.

Law went 5-15 but was a bounce or two here and there away from a much better mark. The team lost seven games by eight or fewer points, including a trio of one-possession nail-biters.

“We will need to play defense consistently and learn to close out games,” Young said. “We lost many close games last year and will need to improve our ability hold leads down the stretch.”

Young’s team opened with Brookfield and will host Sacred Heart Academy on Friday at 6 p.m.

Four starters/regulars were lost to graduation, but returns players that Young believes can get his squad into the playoffs.

“I’m incredibly excited for the season to begin,” he said. “By the end of last year, Fallon Andriolas, Samara Thacker, Cali Jolley and Pam Ellison were all starting. They gained valuable varsity experience and had to learn some tough lessons.

“We played in several close games and were unable to close many of them out. We finished the season with a couple of wins and snuck into the Class L state tournament.

“Along with our lone senior, Colleen Goodwin, a three-year varsity player, we are looking to capitalize on our experience from last year and be a competitive team in the SCC.”

Team captains are Goodwin, a forward and junior guards Thacker and Jolley.

Other key team members are junior forwards Andriolas and Ellison, sophomore forward Jill Hall and sophomore guard Olivia Kowalski.

“The goal is to compete within our division and also to make the SCC and state tournament,” Young said. “If we play well defensively and rebound, we will be able to play at pace that makes us successful and competitive in a strong year for the SCC.”

The top teams in the SCC are Mercy, East Haven, Career, Hand and Hamden, said Young, adding that Foran is a tough rival. The teams will meet twice, Jan. 5 at Foran’s gym and Feb. 12 at Law.
The Lady Lawmen will strive to excel on the open floor and feed off their defense.

“To be successful, our team will need to play an up-tempo game with a focus on defense and transition offense,” Young said. “I would like the team to improve defensively throughout the season. We will need to be a tough defensive team, avoid foul trouble and rebound well to be successful.”