Newington girls basketball showcases defensive ability in recent win over New Britain

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:22
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEW BRITAIN - For the Newington girls basketball team, Monday night’s 62-42 win over New Britain had been a game the Indians controlled from the opening tip off.

In fact, it was the type of game Newington wanted to play.

The Indians showed tremendous amounts of teamwork and skill on both the offensive and defensive end. But for Newington, it wasn’t solely about the points it was putting up but more of its defensive efforts.

The Indians managed to hold the Hurricanes scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game. By halftime, New Britain was only able to score nine points on Newington, which held a 35-9 lead.

“I like to think of us as a defensive team first,” Newington head coach Richard Bangs. “We had a lot of energy, a lot of good communication. It looked like we really wanted it defensively in the first quarter and you know you’re not going to shut a team out, but to hold a team like that to nine points in the half is a heck of a defensive effort.”

The game plan for the Indians was to focus defensively to start the game and throughout the first half especially, Newington was able to hit its rotations and with players getting hands in the passing lanes.

“We really executed on defense first,” Bangs said. “I thought [we grabbed defensive rebounds] great and that was really the key to get the game started in our favor and we continued to steam roll from there in the first half.”

Bangs said he could not have been prouder of the defensive effort the Indians showed on Tuesday evening.

“Usually we don’t talk on defense,” sophomore guard Ashanti Frazier said. “But [Monday] I don't know, something happened. Our moral increased by a lot we started talking. We were able to pick up loose balls, anything they missed we would get it, and we were able to move down court really fast.”

The Indians wanted to shut down the Hurricanes big players as well as such as Gabby Roy.

“Usually [Roy] is a really good block scorer and she usually has a really good 3[-point shot] so we tried to shut her down,” Frazier said. “And we did, until the fourth quarter [when] she had a couple important 3s for them.”

Frazier was a big help in the Indians victory, not only on defense but on offense as well. Frazier was the leading scorer of the evening, putting up 23 points and was 4-for-6 at the free throw line.

“’Shanti is special,” Bangs said. “She's young and we’re continuing to watch her grow. She’s in for a great career here and it’s just exciting to be able to coach her as long as I’ve had so far.”

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860)801-5096 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:22. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:24.