COLLEGE BEAT: From high school teammates to NESCAC rivals

COLLEGE BEAT: From high school teammates to NESCAC rivals

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SOUTHINGTON — A pair of former Southington High School basketball stars have continued their success in college.

Maggie Meehan and Janette Wadolowski were All-State players and 1,000-point scorers for Southington head coach Mike Forgione and the Record-Journal’s Girls Basketball Players of the Year in successive seasons. Both now play Division III basketball in Massachusetts and, on Friday night, their teams will go head to head.

Meehan is a sophomore at Williams College in Williamstown. Wadolowski is a freshman at Tufts University in Medford. Both schools compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

The two rivals play tonight in Williamstown. It’s their second meeting of the year. Wadolowski and the Jumbos won the first game, 67-41, on Dec. 1 at the Williams Tournament.

Wadolowski had 9 points in 18 minutes off the bench in that game, while Meehan started and poured in a game-high 14 points.

“She’s on the court doing her thing and me doing my thing,” Meehan recounted on Thursday. “To have fun, the two of us on the floor together, was great.”

Wadolowski said she loved being on the court with Meehan again.

“It was so fun seeing her again and how much she has grown as a player,” Wadolowski said. “Playing against her brought me back to high school when we would scrimmage against each other. I wish I was able to play against her on Friday, but we have other opportunities.”

Wadolowski hasn’t suited up for the Jumbos since Dec. 4. She’s currently in a walking boot with a stress fracture in her left foot. She’s expected to be back before the end of the month.

“I have no idea how it happened; it just started hurting,” Wadolowski said. “After the Williams game it felt a little different, and after a few practices and a game I was in a lot of pain. I went to see a trainer and I had a stress fracture.”

Prior to the injury, Wadolowski had carved out a nice role in reserve for Tufts (12-1). In seven games, she averaged 9.1 points and a shade under 20 minutes per game.

Wadolowski was efficient with her scoring, shooting at a 49.1-percent clip and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. She had a season-high 22 points on Nov. 25 at home against Brandeis.

“I really love being on this team,” said Wadolowski, who plays for head coach Carla Berube, the former UConn player. “I like the intensity of the practice every day and everyone is really high energy.”

Meehan, meanwhile, has taken over the role as starting point guard at Williams after serving in the backup role last year as a freshman. Meehan has emerged as the Ephs leading scorer with 13.1 points per game.

“At first, it was a little daunting,” Meehan said of taking over as point guard. “I backed up Amanni Fernandez last year and she was here four years and I had big shoes to fill. I think I’ve done a pretty good job.”

Meehan seldom leaves the floor, averaging better than 34 minutes a game, by far the most on the team. She leads the 7-6 Ephs in assists (33) and is third on the squad in steals (12).

“It’s been good, but we aren’t exactly where we want to be right now,” Meehan said. “But we have gotten a lot better than last year.”

Meehan said she’s a much different player than she was in high school.

“You get down to business here,” Meehan said. “I’m always in the gym and, all around, it’s more intense. I love it. I love the competition here.”

Meehan said she’s comfortable taking on more of a scoring role this season.

“I don’t have any trouble being the scorer,” Meehan said. “I’m usually a passing point guard, but I’ve been working on being more aggressive and more assertive. That’s how I’ve changed the most since high school. I’m a louder presence on the floor.”

Meehan is also happy academically at Williams. She will declare her major after her sophomore year is completed.

“Williams has always been my dream school and it’s a blessing being here every day,” Meehan said. “Being with my team and in the classroom is setting me up for success.”


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