Unfortunately, as so often happens during the holidays, I’ve gotten rather far behind in my Coginchaug Basketball stories, so this is my rather lame effort to bring things up to date for the Coginchaug girls. My thanks to Coach Mancinelli for info on the North Branford, Thomaston and Old Saybrook games, which I was not able to get to.
On Tuesday, December 18th, a solid performance from Kim Romanoff led the Devils to a 46-27 win at Westbrook. Kim scored 17 points, and also had eight steals. Morgan Kuehnle led the team in rebounding with ten. The leading thief for the Lady Devils was Audrey Arcari, who stole the ball nine times. Coginchaug outscored the Lady Knights in every period but the last, when Coach Rett Mancinelli got his bench players some varsity seasoning.
vs. North Branford
On Friday, December 21st, the girls hosted the Thunderbirds of North Branford, the Lady Devils started a little slow, leading by only three points at the half, but eventually pulled away to a solid 46-35 win. Kim Romanoff and Olivia Corazzini led the scoring column with twelve points, with Romanoff adding five steals and five assists. Morgan Kuehnle was the leading rebounder with ten, and Jessica Solomon added nine rebounds and four points.
The following Friday, December 28th, the girls travelled to the northwest to visit the Golden Bears of Thomaston, a perennial class S power. The game was tied at 24 all at the half, but the Devils ran out of gas in the second half, losing 41-53 in this non-conference contest. Poor shooting, both from the field (26%) and the foul line (37%) did the girls in. Kim Romanoff was the leading scorer with thirteen, while Olivia Corazzini scored eleven. Jessica Solomon was the leading rebounder with 15, also adding nine points.
vs. Old Saybrook
On Wednesday, January 2nd, the girls hosted the Lady Rams of Old Saybrook. In a solid 53-36 win, Jessica Solomon led the Devils with 15 points. Audrey Arcari scored 11 points, with Olivia Corazzini adding nine and Kim Romanoff dropping in eight points.
Finally, on Friday, January 4th, the girls travelled to Cromwell to take on the defending Shoreline champs. The Lady Devils were able to hang close until early in the second half, when they trailed by only two at 19-17, but the Panthers closed the third on an 11-2 run, and led 30-19 entering the final period. Cromwell also scored the first five points in the final period, and that 16 point deficit was too much to overcome, as the Devils fell by a final score of 45-30. As in the loss to Thomaston, shooting accuracy was a problem, as they shot only 28% from the field, and 43% from the charity stripe.
Coginchaug is 7-2, 6-1 in the Shoreline conference. They will travel to Haddam-Killingworth on Tuesday January 8th, and will host Old Lyme on the 11th.