Free throws, defense push Cheshire girls past Platt

Free throws, defense push Cheshire girls past Platt

CHESHIRE -- Mia Judaitis filled the stat sheet as the Cheshire girls baskeball team dented the win column Wednesday with a 45-31 non-league win over Platt.

Juodaitis led all scorers with 18 points, 10 from the foul line. She also snagged five rebounds and made four steals for the Rams (1-4). She scored nine of her markers in a turnover-filled first half that left Cheshire with a 16-8 advantage.

Platt (2-3) could have made it a game by making short-range shots.

“We couldn’t buy a basket,” Platt coach Tina Gonyea said. “I don’t know how many missed layups we had and I haven’t checked our free-throw percentage yet, but we couldn’t buy a basket.”

Forward Brady McQuade helped (3 steals, 2 blocks) was the centeriece of the stifling Cheshire defense. 

Each team knocked down 12 field goals but Cheshire enjoyed a big edge at the charity stripe. The Rams went 19-for-29 and the Panthers 5-for-20.

“We have to work harder on making our layups and our free throws,” Gonyea said. “We do this every day. It’s part of our practice and our game plan but we have to come out and execute it on the floor when it’s game time.”

Julia Schaff had 10 points for the Rams, six from outside the three-point arc. 

“I thought we did a good job of sticking to our game-plan and maintaining the tempo that we wanted throughout the game,” Cheshire coach Michelle Vieira said. “They had a late surge there that we were able to fight off. I always expect that from Platt. They’re a well-coached team and they’re always going to fight back and play hard right to the end.”

For Platt, Wallica Bailey was the leading scorer with 10 points  and Jayleena Gordils had nine.

“[We had] lots of contributions from the starting lineup down to the bench,” said Vieira.

“It’s a team game and that’s how we’re going to win. We have kids that can do a lot of special things and they showed that tonight.”


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