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Warriors looking for more consistency on the floor

CANTON, Feb. 1, 2010 – At the midway point of the NCCC campaign, the Canton High boys basketball team is looking for more consistency, especially on the offensive end of the floor. The Warriors (7-5, 5-3 NCCC) beat Windsor Locks last week by a 66-60 margin but dropped their third game in the last four with a 70-61 loss to Enfield last Friday.

“We went against a more quicker team (Enfield),” Canton coach Eric Deegan said. “We had a lot of turnovers against their press. It was tough to maneuver and a lot of passes got tipped.”

Canton actually had a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter but were outscored 14-6 in the final seven minutes. Andrew Crowley had a team-high 17 points, including three 3-point shots while Connor Smyth added 16.

Enfield’s Terrance Jones scored six of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Raiders (8-4) won their sixth straight game. Nate Lindo had a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds for Enfield.

“We definitely need to work on our ball handling and ball control within our offense,” Deegan said.

Deegan is pleased with the way the team has been shooting this week. Crowley had 21 points in the victory over Windsor Locks while Smith added 17 points. Crowley leads the team with a 22.6 average and a team-high 15 3-point shots. Smyth is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds. Smyth has blocked 16 shots.

James Rosshirt is averaging 10 points a game and a team-high 3.6 assists.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Canton (9-5, 7-3 NCCC) qualified for the Class S tournament last week by sweeping a pair of games from Windsor Locks and Enfield. Good defense in the first and fourth quarter lifted the Warriors to a 49-29 victory over Windsor Locks and a berth in the Class S tournament. Sarah Benedetti had 14 points while Sarah Getz chipped in with 12 points. Canton outscored Locks, 11-4 in the first quarter and 19-5 in the final eight minutes.

Against Enfield, Canton had three players in double figures to win its third straight game with a 72-27 victory. For the Warriors, it was their highest scoring game in 11 years since they scored 73 against East Granby in 1999. Benedetti scored 27 to lead the Warriors while Kathyrn Curvino and Megan Roux added 12 points each.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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