Lady Bulldogs outsized

The Bunnell High girls basketball team lost to Ledyard High, 66-36, in its season opener on Thursday.
“That is a very long and rangy team,” Bunnell coach Marvin Tyson said of the Colonels, which boasted both size inside and a good transition game. “They were able to leak out a player consistently.
“This game gives us a chance to look at what’s out there and where we can get better.”
Bunnell was led offensively by the outside shooting of Erin Koletar and Lauryn Kostopolous, the ballhandling of Jess Bogdwicz and Deja Fonseca, and the inside play of Shannon Hofmiller, Rachel Mudre and Jill Pastor.
Ledyard, which posted 14 wins a year ago before being knocked out of states by eventual Class M champion Hartford Weaver, held a distinct size advantage with the 6-3 Hannah Hutchins, the 6-2 Michelle Klinikowski and the 5-11 Kylie Fustini.
While that caused problems, it was the Colonels ability to use that wing span in a changing zone defense that took away passing lanes and forced as many tipped passes as blocked shots.
Tyson said: “Jess got in the paint on the dribble drive, but they either tipped a pass or a shot. We had to shoot too many shots from the perimeter.”
Bunnell took an 13-11 lead after one period behind Koletar, who scored from the baseline off a Bogdwicz assist, and then knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, the second with Kostopolous finding the sharpshooting junior open in the corner.
Ledyard began a steady march to the foul line, where it made 22-of-34 in the game to 8-of-16 for Bunnell.
The Colonels missed early from the stripe, but finished the quarter 4-of-5 to offset another Koletar trey and a pair of free throws by Kostopolous.
Ledyard’s Olivia DeLegrosso scored 11 of her 30 points in the second quarter, with the 5-9 junior finding the scoresheet on run-out baskets and short jumpers.
Bogdwicz assisted on a Kostopolous 3-pointer to stop an 8-0 Colonel run to open the period, and Mudre made a free throw and Kostopolous a 3-pointer.
Ledyard took a 28-20 lead after a first half the saw the Lady Bulldogs’ Deja Fonseca’s time limited by four fouls and Hofmiller saddled with three.
The tempo in the third quarter resembled a track meet, with Ledyard getting rebounds and looking to run.
For Bunnell, Koletar, who scored 16 points, hit her fourth trey and Pastor scored off a Bogdwicz assist
Hofmiller was rewarded for her offensive rebound with two made free throws, but Ledyard led 47-27 with 1:06 left in the frame.
Bunnell’s pressure resulted in baskets by Bogdwicz and Koletar, but the next two possessions saw the locals come up empty despite working hard and getting three shots at the hoop.
Caitlin Carrafiello got behind the Ledyard defense and Bogdwicz logged her sixth assist, but Ledyard ended the game on a 17-2 run.
“That is a very good team that will be in the top ten before all is said and done,” Tyson said. “It was a good out-of-league game for us and we’ll move forward.”
Bunnell defeated Weston High, 69-58, on Monday. Bogdwicz scored 25 points and had 10 assists. Koletar scored 14 points and Hofmiller had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bunnell will host New Milford Friday at 7.

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