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Coginchaug hoopsters arrive at midseason in good standing


At press time, the Coginchaug boys owned a record of 6-4 (5-4 Shoreline Conference), while the Coginchaug girls were 9-3 (8-2 Shoreline Conference).

In recent action:

Jan. 13, the boys traveled to Old Saybrook and defeated the Rams by a 53-41 count.

Conor Doyle scored the third-quarter basket that put the Devils on top for good off a Cam Powers assist, as the boys overcame a 26-25 halftime deficit.

Doyle led the team in scoring with 10 points, while Devin Rodrigue added nine points with 10 rebounds for the victors. Powers scored eight points while leading the team in assists (4) and steals (3).

Alex Markoski, Jack Granger and Zach Terrill each tallied six points for Coginchaug, while teammates Josh Smith and Taylor Sapia netted five and three points, respectively.

Jan. 14, the Coginchaug girls hosted the Cougars of H-K. After falling behind early in the second period, the Blue Devils went ahead for good on a Kim Romanoff to Morgan Kuehnle bucket to close out the first half on their way to a 50-38 victory.

Kuehnle led the team with 19 points. She also pulled in nine rebounds.

Romanoff scored 12 points, and led the team in assists, with six. Naomi Rinaldo scored 11 points for the victors, and Caryn Sibiskie led the Blue Devils in rebounds, with 10.

Sibiskie, Audrey Arcari, Katelyn Williams and Alison Luther scored two points apiece for Coginchaug.

Jan. 16, the boys took the long trek to Old Lyme to take on the Wildcats and, in a tight contest, fell 46-40.

After tying the game on a Conor Doyle free throw at the end of the third period, Doyle hit another single charity try to open the final period, giving the Devils their only lead of the night.

Unfortunately, Coginchaug would not score again for more than five minutes, while the Wildcats went on a 12-0 tear.

Three late treys, one by Doyle and two by Cam Powers, couldn’t undo the damage.

Devin Rodrigue led the team in scoring with 17, while Doyle scored 13 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Powers scored six points. and Alex Markoski netted four for the visitors.

Jan. 17, the girls made the trek across the mouth of the Connecticut River to take on Old Lyme. It was a pleasant bus ride home, as the locals prevailed 58-46.

Early in the second half, the game looked to be in doubt for Coginchaug, as the Wildcats surged ahead 34-28. After Morgan Kuehnle hit a basket to draw the Devils closer, teammate Sydney Trusty took over.

Over the last four minutes of the third period, Trusty scored three times, including the basket that put the Devils on top for good.

The locals carried a 38-34 edge into the final frame. There, Caryn Sibiskie, Audrey Arcari and Trusty salted the game away.

Kim Romanoff had a big game for Coginchaug. She tallied 16 points, had four steals and dished out three assists.

Trusty had 12 points and three rebounds off the bench. Sibiskie (7 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Arcari (5 rebounds, 2 steals) each netted 11.

Kuehnle came through with six points and a team-high 10 points.

Naomi Rinaldo scored two points and grabbed three boards.

Jan. 20, the girls took on the Huskies of Morgan in Clinton, and despite a solid effort, fell 51-45.

Coginchaug led 39-36 early in the final period after a Caryn Sibiskie basket. Unfortunately, seven Blue Devil fouls down the stretch, each leading to free throws for the Huskies (10-for-14 from the charity stripe), sealed the locals’ fate.

Kim Romanoff powered the Devils with 18 points. Sibiskie had seven points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds. Audrey Arcari netted seven points and grabbed six rebounds for the visitors, while teammate Morgan Kuehnle pulled down five boards and scored four points.

Also chipping in for Coginchaug was Naomi Rinaldo (4 rebounds, 3 points) and Katelyn Williams (2 points).

Jan. 23, the boys traveled to Clinton for their own shot at Morgan. With five players in double figures, led by Zach Terrill’s 17 points off the bench, the Devils rolled 69-43.

Terrill drained five 3-pointers, and was 6-of-7 from the field.

Jack Granger (4 assists, 3 rebounds, team-high 4 steals), Devin Rodrigue (team-high 17 rebounds), Conor Doyle and Cam Powers (team-high 7 assists) scored 10 points apiece, while Coginchaug’s other starter, Alex Markoski, netted eight.

Also contributing to the victory was Zach Vallone (2 points) and Josh Smith (2 points) and Taylor Sapia (3 rebounds).

Jan. 24, the boys hosted the Highlanders from Portland and came away with a hard-fought 45-36 victory.

Although Portland led just once, 3-2, Coginchaug had a difficult time shaking the pesky Highlanders. Two fourth-quarter free throws after a key steal, all by Jack Granger, put the Devils on top for good. A Cam Powers three extended the lead, and Zach Terrill and Devin Rodrigue made sure Portland would not come back this time.

Powers led the Devils in scoring with 12 points. Rodrigue had a team-high 12 rebounds and added 10 points for the double-double.

Granger scored eight points to go along with three rebounds, three steals and three assists. Terrill finished with seven points. Also gracing the Coginchaug scoring column was Conor Doyle (4 points, team-high 4 assists) and Alex Markoski (4 points).

Josh Smith collected three rebounds for the victors.



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