Pomperaug's girls' basketball team got a double-digit deficit down to four but couldn't get over the hump in a 52-48 loss to Newtown on January 14.
This was a battle of 6-1 teams and Newtown is the defending conference champion. Things don't get any easier for the Panthers as another tough test awaits. Unbeaten Notre Dame visits Southbury on Friday, January 17 at 7 pm.
Against Newtown, the Panthers applied full-court pressure to force turnover and made back-to-back 3-pointers to get the deficit down to five with 1:20 left.
Amy Sapenter had 14 points, Cyleigh Wilson scored 12, Emma Magazu had 10 and Juliette Cryder added eight.
The Panthers got 13 apiece from Molly Flannagan and Sydney Loundsbury and eight from Maddie Villa. Pomperaug made six 3-pointers.
Players fought for loose balls as the Panthers applied heavy pressure in a comeback effort in the waning minutes.
“Both teams played their hearts out,” Pomperaug Coach Joe Fortier said.