TERRYVILLE — It’s been a night and day difference at Terryville this season compared to last year as the Kangaroos have just claimed their eighth victory of the season to qualify for the CIAC Division V State Tournament.
The Kangaroos defeated HMTCA Thursday night 52-43 to improve to 8-3 on the year. The victory comes after defeating Housatonic Regional the day before as well as continues their turnaround this season.
Terryville finished with just three wins last season, but are currently in the thick of being one of the best teams in the division. The Kangaroos are ranked fifth in the division behind Nonnewaug (8-3), Coginchaug (9-3), Classical Magnet (8-2) and Windsor Locks (9-2).
Terryville coach Mark Fowler said the team is succeeding despite anyone believing that they could perform this well this year. He said it comes down to the dedication his players have put forward.
“Not many people thought we would be able to get to eight wins coming into the season,” Fowler said. “So it is something we celebrate because of the hard work we have put in this year.”
The Kangaroos opened the game Thursday night trailing HMTCA as the Phoenix were able to narrowly win the first quarter 10-8. HMTCA then led Terryville 23-14 with under 1:45 to go in the first half until the Kangaroos were able to close on an 8-0 run.
Led by five points from Deon Dao, Terryville cut the lead to a one point deficit to go into the half. The Kangaroos then scored the first five points of the second half and were able to pull away down the stretch.
Terryville won the third and fourth quarter 17-11 and 13-9.
Charlie Rogers scored 11 points to lead a balanced Terryville attack to the victory followed by four points from Jordan Wheeler, nine points from Deon Dao and ten points from Branden Driscoll.
Christian Disapio added three points, Joe Busalacchi contributed six points, Jaiden Hoose finished with five points and Justin Wheeler totaled four points.
Corey Jerrick scored 12 points to lead the Phoenix, who now fall to 4-7 on the season. Marcus Calderon contributed nine points, TJ Thompson finished with right points, Jayden Cruz totaled 10 points and Nico Juanico and David Anas Wostker both finished with two points.
Terryville will be away all next week as they get ready for a four-game road stretch. The Kangaroos will play Litchfield on Monday, Shepaug Valley on Tuesday and Thomaston on Friday before getting a week off before facing Nonnewaug on the following Friday.