WOODBURY – The Nonnewaug girls basketball team lost its opening game of the season to perennial SWC powerhouse Masuk 55-30 in the first game of the tip-off tournament. Nonnewaug will play Joel Barlow in the consolation game Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.
“Masuk is a very strong team and they do a lot of things extremely well,” Nonnewaug head coach Adam Brutting said. “They pressure the ball on defense and that made it hard for us to get in a set offense.”
Masuk overwhelmed Nonnewaug from the start, and rolled out to a 18-3 lead after one quarter. Masuk led 38-15 at the half.
Despite the wide margin on the scoreboard, Brutting said he was happy to open the season with a tough opponent like Masuk. With only two starters – seniors Jen Charette and Mary Bibbey – returning, Brutting said the Chiefs players are still learning each other’s habits and characteristics.
“Games like this, when they have to show some character, are really important for the team chemistry,” Brutting said. “We learn a lot about ourselves and each other when we play such a tough team.”
Freshman Riley Becker led Nonnewaug with 7 points. Bibbey had 6 points, and had 4 steals. Charette had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals.
Tori Maclean had 4 steals, and Nicole Mercer and Ashley Hennessey both had 3 steals.
As for the Berkshire League: Brutting says it’s the widest-open that it has been in years, thanks to several teams graduating a lot of starters last season.
Brutting said that it could be a very unpredictable season, and that Housatonic and Gilbert should be the front-runners.
If Nonnewaug has a disadvantage, it will be height and size, Brutting said.
“We’re probably most of the time not going to be evenly matched by sized, so we’re really going to have to work to get rebounds,” Brutting said.
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