WATERTOWN - In the final game of a trying first month of their season, the girls from Watertown High School decided enough was enough.
After four consecutive losses, the Indians, getting contributions from up-and-down the lineup, put it together against Waterbury Career Academy at the Cook Gym on December 30.
The results was a pleasing 62-49 NVL victory, their first, and one which coach Jason Hurdle said he sensed coming.
“On the practice court, the girls have been working hard, and we’re getting healthier, which also helps,” said Hurdle. “Hard work, sticking to it pays off, and it did here, so that’s a good way for us to move onto 2020.”
Making things more enjoyable for Hurdle was the bounceback game of Paige Daigneault.
Daigneault, the sophomore standout, was coming of a rare off-game against Capital Prep in the consolation game of the Rossi Tournament in Wolcott, was back on her ‘A’ game, scoring 24 points; she alone accounted for more points from the free throw line (8) than the Spartans did as a team (4).
“When Paige and Marissa (Forino) get help, we will win our share of games,” said Hurdle.
In addition to Forino, who finished with 15 points, freshman Alana Johnson added 12 points to the winning effort and sophomore Lilliana Spagnoletti contributed five points.
WCA, which came into the game with a 2-2 record, was led by junior guard Jonna Pierce’s 20 points.
What the evening added up to was a positive finish to the calendar year and momentum heading into the new one for Hurdle’s young team, which after a seven-day break, resumed play at Ansonia High School on January 7.
1 2 3 4 T
WCA 20 10 5 14 49
Watertown 15 11 15 21 62
Marissa Forino 4-7-15; Lilliana Spagnoletti 1-2-5; Adriana Dandonoli 0-0-0; Alana Johnson 5-2-12; Paige Daigneault 7-8-24; Mary Massaro 2-0-4; Kristina Kyle 1-0-2. TOTALS: 20-19-62.
3-pt FG: Daigneault 2, Spagnoletti 1.