Goals are still attainable for the New Milford High Schol girls' basketball team this winter.

Yet coach Bill Kersten's Green Wave needs to turn the tide in a hurry to make those happen.

Qualification for the South-West Conference playoffs and the CIAC's state Class LL tournament are often in the NMHS girls' sights at midseason.

However, a paucity of offensive punch to this point this winter has been a chief point of contention as the Green Wave has struggled to a 2-8 record.

Coach Kersten's hardcourt crew surged to a season high in point production Tuesday, Jan. 13, but still succumbed, 59-51, to visiting Kolbe Cathedral.

Lindsey Heaton exploded for 22 points, including a 9-for 12 performance at the foul line, and fellow senior Olivia Seegers drilled a couple of treys among her 14 points to lead the Wave's effort.

The local girls' other strong offensive showing was also in defeat, a 52-49 heartbreaker to Brookfield, in overtime, in their Dec. 16 debut.

Other than that, the Green Wave hasn't managed to score more than 32 points in a game.

That will need to change if coach Kersten and Co. hope to challenge for SWC and state playoff invitations.

The girls will visit Masuk Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in Monroe.

The next home game at NMHS will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. vs. Pomperaug.

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Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings