GIRLS BASKETBALL: Platt frontcourt flexes muscle; Wilcox Tech fourth-quarter rally falls short

MERIDEN — The Platt Panthers girls basketball team is back in the win column after defeating the Rocky Hill Terriers 35-29 on Thursday night.

Senior Khrystina Campbell had an impressive game, totaling 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

Junior Antwanette Tann was a force down low once again, as well, piling up nine rebounds while adding six points, four steals and four blocks.

Senior Vianna Alcantara added 11 points as the Panthers improved to 6-3. Rocky Hill slipped to 4-2.

“Luckily, we didn’t give up,” said Platt coach Tina Gonyea. “We were down at half. The kids hung in there, they came back hard and played together.”

After an 8-8 first quarter, the Panthers stumbled in the second. Rocky Hill won the frame 9-2 to take a 17-10 lead into halftime.

Campbell had eight of Platt’s 10 first-half points. while Alyssa Gau led Rocky Hill with six.

“What went wrong in the second was we fell apart,” said Gonyea. “We weren’t taking care of the ball; there was no communication. We didn’t do the little things right at all.”

The Panthers took halftime to reflect on what went wrong and showed improvements when they returned to the floor. They scored five straight points in the first 1:20 of the third quarter.

Tann set the tone with hard defense, piling up three rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the quarter. Platt outscored Rocky Hill 11-8 in the frame and was within 25-21 to begin the fourth quarter.

“Halftime, we went into the locker room, worked on what we weren’t doing right and we worked as a team to play better,” said Tann.

Platt opened the final quarter scoring the first basket. Rocky Hill quickly matched it. The Terriers, though, would muster only two points the rest of the way.

The Panthers took their first lead since the first quarter, 28-27, when Alcantara hit the only three of the night.

Rocky Hill applied a press defense and was within 31-29 with 1:05 left in the game, but the Panthers scored the last four points of the game on a layup by Campbell and two free throws by Alcantara with five seconds on the clock. 

Platt was led by the down-low duo of Campbell and Tann. They combined for 24 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocks, and eight steals.

The duo knows how important it is to be the focal point of the team.

“It’s good that our teammates trust us like the way they do and feed us down low,” said Campbell. “Their first look is us and they trust us.”

The Panthers will look to pick up another victory next Tuesday when they travel to Bristol Central. The 0-5 Rams, who fell to Rocky Hill 39-35 on opening night, will be looking to pick up their first win of the season.

“It’s one game at a time and we’re going to focus and prepare for Bristol Central, and that’s it,” said Gonyea. “Just take things one thing at a time.”

O’Brien Tech 40, Wilcox Tech 36: Tatiana Robles scored 16 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Wildcats in this CTC game in Meriden.

After jumping out to a 12-3 lead in the first quarter, Wilcox fell behind 31-18 after three.

Robles hit three 3-pointers on the night, including two in the final quarter.

Navoni Harris led O’Brien with 15 points and Stephanie Tamburrino added 10.

O’Brien evened its record at 3-3. Wilcox is 2-4.


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