Wethersfield (1-5) hosts ROWVA/Williamsfield (5-4) tonight at WHS

Close games have been the kryptonite of the Flying Geese early on this season. 

Three of their losses are by six points or less. Another loss came to the number-two ranked team in the state, the Annawan Braves. Wethersfield took a seven-point lead into the final quarter against the Braves, before losing 46-36.

The latest in their string of tight losses came Tuesday night at Brimfield. The Geese took a two-point lead into the final eight minutes, before falling 49-47.

“We had the lead most of the game, I’d like to have finished that one,” said Wethersfield coach Jeff Parsons. “We had a lot of good looks at the basket late and they didn’t fall. But to hold a high-scoring team like that to 49 points is impressive.”

While the Geese have just one win in their first six tries, Parsons isn’t worried about the team’s win-loss record.

“Not too concerned about it,” he said. “Many years we start out with not a very good record and we win 20-plus games. With the caliber of the teams we’ve seen, it’s not concerning. We’re really close, just gotta get over the hump.”

The five teams Wethersfield has lost to –– Annawan, Brimfield, Bureau Valley, Elmwood and Byron –– boast a combined record of 33-4.

“We understand what our record is and we’re not happy about it,” Parsons said. “We’re just trying to get better every night. We’re in every game, it’s not like we’re getting blown out. If that were the case I’d be concerned, but we’re right there in every game.”

The Geese played four games in six days to kick off the season at their own Wally Keller Invitational. Since, they’ve played just two games in 20 days.

Outside of the Wally Keller Invite, Wethersfield has just four regular season home games on the docket, starting tonight with LTC-foe ROWVA/Williamsfield. The Cougars opened LTC play Tuesday with a 55-47 loss to Princeville.

R/W also played Brimfield this year and lost 52-49. The Cougars average 54 points per game, while the Geese average 53.

“They’re gonna play hard – dive for loose balls, get rebounds – they have everybody back from last year,” Parsons said of the Cougars. “I look for a great game tomorrow night.”

Head coach of R/W is Bob Anderson. Anderson has been coaching for nearly 40 years and was Parson’s high school coach back in the 1980’s.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without him. He was a great mentor to me,” Parsons said of Anderson. “But instead of being sentimental tomorrow (Friday), it’s gonna be us trying to kick each others’ tail.”

This will be Wethersfield’s only conference and home game until mid-January.

“They know how to win, they’ve done it at all levels of the program,” Parsons said of his team. “We’re using different rotations out there, getting things figured out, but they’re playing their tails off.”

The fresh-soph game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. tonight at Wethersfield High School. The varsity will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.

“Obviously we have to finish the game, we need to execute offensively,” Parsons said of the keys to a win. “We need to continue what we’ve been doing defensively, take care of the ball, pressure them and the game has to be played at our pace.”

The WHS live stream will not be available for this game, according to Parsons.

“The live stream is down so I’d like to see everyone out there,” he said. “Especially at home on a Friday night, those are the best in my opinion. You don’t get a lot of those.”