By Alan Pease
Note: The No. 4 seen Coginchaug girls' basketball team hosts No. 5 see Hyde Leadership in a quarterfinal matchup game tonight at 7 p.m.
In a week of snow and rescheduled games, the Lady Blue Devils finished the regular season on a down note, losing their last two regular season games to Haddam-Killingworth and Morgan.
In a quirk of the schedule, Coginchaug faced the top three teams in the conference in their last three games. Last week, they lost to undefeated Cromwell, and this week they faced off against Haddam-Killingworth and Morgan, the second and third place teams in the conference, and ended the regular season on a three game skid.
On Wednesday the 13th, they hosted the Lady Cougars of H-K. Coginchaug managed to take an eight point lead (33-25) into the final period, and leading by as much as ten points early in that final period, they dropped a close 39-43 decision to the visiting Cougars. After surrendering only nine, eight and eight points in the first three periods, they allowed 18 points in the fourth period to allow the game to get away.
Kim Romanoff led Coginchaug with 14 points, with Audrey Arcari scoring eight, Olivia Corazzini seven, Morgan Kuehnle six, and Jessica Solomon added four. Thanks to Coach Rett Mancinelli for the information on this game.
On Thursday the 14th, in the first half of a Valentine’s Day double header with the Boy’s team at Morgan, the Lady Devils stayed close through the middle of the third period, trailing by “only” fourteen, the Huskies finished the half on a 12-0 run to take a 61-35 lead after three periods. Morgan coasted home through the third period, and came away with a 73-44 victory over the Devils.
Morgan Kuehnle and Audrey Arcari shared scoring honors for the Devils with ten, with Morgan adding five rebounds and one each of blocks, steals and assists, and Audrey adding two rebounds and a steal. Kim Romanoff was the leading rebounder with seven, and thief with three steals, adding eight points, a block and an assist. Olivia Corazzini scored six, and also had a rebound, a steal and an assist, while Jessica Solomon grabbed four rebounds and scored two.
Mikayla Wyskiel had a strong showing off the bench with six points, four blocks, two rebounds and an assist. Caryn Sibiskie scored two, Sydney Trusty had a rebound and an assist, and both Larissa Cade and Naomi Rinaldo grabbed a rebound.
Coginchaug finished the regular season with a 13-7 record, 12-6 in conference. They finished in fourth place in the Shoreline conference, and will have upcoming games in both the Shoreline tournament and in the state class M tournament. Check back with Patch for details.