East Windsor eliminates Cowboys in Class S tourney
Litchfield's Darrin Newbury, above, defends during Wednesday's Class S tournament loss at East Windsor. Below, Ryan O'Neill puts up a shot for the Cowboys. John McKenna photos
After digging a hole for itself in the first half, Litchfield High's boys basketball team couldn't climb out and as a result saw its season end in the second round of the Class S tournament.
The Cowboys were eliminated with a 55-35 loss at top-ranked East Windsor on Wednesday. Coach Dan Goscinski's team finished 12-10 and bid farewell to seniors Darrin Newbury, Spencer Persechino, Steve Ringquist and Tyler Mowrey.
After Ringquist gave the Cowboys a 3-2 lead with a three-point field goal, things went downhill fast as East Windsor (20-1) shredded the Cowboys' full-court press for layup after layup. The Panthers led 18-5 after one quarter and 31-12 at halftime, with most of their points coming on layups.
Litchfield picked up its game in the third quarter, outscoring East Windsor 10-6 but was still down by 14, 36-22. A basket by Matt McCarthy early in the fourth quarter made it 37-24, but that was the closest the Cowboys would get the rest of the way.
Freshman Ryan O'Neill, scoring a quick six points in the final minutes, led Litchfield with 10 points. Newbury had eight and Ringquist seven. Persechino added four points.
The Cowboys finished 12-10 in Goscinski's initial season as head coach. It was their first winning season in three years.
Spencer Persechino eyes the basket.
Steve Ringquist delivers a pass.
Matt McCarthy drives to the hoop.
Tyler Mowrey puts the ball on the deck heading to the basket.
Darrin Newbury looks for room to operate.
Spencer Persechino leads the attack.
Ryan O'Neill launches a shot to beat the halftime buzzer.