TORRINGTON - Basketball purists would enjoy watching the Lauralton Hall basketball team play.
The Crusaders pass well, defend well, see the court, and don't dribble when a simple pass will do. They run back-door and high post cuts – and all of those elements were working in synch in an impressive 58-34 win over host Torrington on Monday night.
Lauralton Hall led wire-to-wire, with sophomore Carly Fabrri opening the scoring with a 3-point basket. Her accuracy from downtown was a harbinger of things to come as Fabbri nailed six 3-pointers in seven attempts. She was game high scorer with 22 points.
“Every time we started a run (Fabrri) would make a three," said Red Raiders Coach Michael Fritch. "They have a lot of firepower."
Lauralton Hall (2-1) runs a text book fast break with center Olivia Levey usually grabbing the rebound, making the outlet pass to Michelle DeSantis or Marissa Dowling who usually finds a teammate on the wing for a layup.
"We spend a lot of time practicing the break," said Fabbri, who also spends a lot of time shooting threes.
Fabrri scored four of the Crusaders first five baskets, all on 3-pointers. Levey was blocking shots – three in the first quarter – and rebounding as they opened up an 18-6 lead after one quarter.
"I thought we held our own against a good team," said Red Raiders high scorer, senior Alyssa Otis (14 points). "Every time we got back in the game, the 3-pointer killed us."
Lauralton Hall opened up an 18-point lead midway in the second quarter but the Red Raiders were starting to hit some shots and getting more aggressive on the boards and closed to 27-18 at the break. Fabrri didn't attempt a three in the second quarter but that changed quickly in the third quarter.
She scored a three and added a couple of two point baskets as the Crusaders stretched their lead to 15 points after three quarters.
Torrington (3-2) got to within 13 points early in the fourth but Lauralton Hall ran some nifty fast- breaks to pull away for good.
"The girls have to make 15 fast-break baskets in succession in practice or we run them until they do," coach Amanda Forcucci said.
"We also stress defense in our practices,” DeSantis said. “Individual and team defense.”
Otis concurred, "They're good, no doubt, but those threes just killed us. All of them seemed to be game changers."