A specific strategy would work only up to a certain point for the Joel Barlow High girls basketball team in the South-West Conference quarterfinals last week.
The seventh-seeded Falcons were out to curtail Pomperaug’s top three scorers as much as possible on Monday, Feb. 18. To some extent it worked.
What the Falcons did not count on was other players stepping up to score points for the second-seeded Panthers. The hosts did this quite well in a 61-47 win, ousting the Falcons from the playoffs.
“They do have a lot of depth,” said Barlow head coach Joe Carollo, whose team lost a 69-32 decision to the same opponent earlier in the season. “They have a lot of firepower.”
He was referring to Pomperaug’s Morgan Metcalf, Hannah Metcalf and Gabrielle Holness in particular. After combining for 57 points in the previous encounter, they were held to just 32 this time by Barlow.
“It was good to see the girls do that,” said Carollo.
The Falcons trailed 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew only slightly for the rest of the half. By the time it ended the visitors were still within striking distance as they trailed 34-25.
But while Barlow was keeping an eye on the Panthers’ big three, they had Katelyn Perrotti step up. The sophomore scored 19 points to help her team stay out in front.
“We kind of dared a role player to beat us and she did,” said Carollo. “She had a great game. I give her a lot of credit.”
Barlow trailed 46-35 at the end of three frames and cut the lead to as little as nine points in the fourth quarter. Carollo added his team seemed a key basket or two from making the game more interesting but came no closer.
Drew Bartro led Barlow with 14 points and had 18 rebounds.
“She was terrific,” said Carollo.
Sarah McAniff scored 14 and had eight rebounds with five steals. Victoria She scored nine and had five assists.
The Falcons, now 13-8 overall, take part in the state Class L tournament starting this week.