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Girls basketball: Wilton holds off Staples for 13th straight win

The Staples girls basketball team came into the Zeoli Field House Tuesday night, forced host Wilton to play its style of basketball, and almost ended the Warriors’ winning streak.

But Wilton used a strong third quarter to pull out the low-scoring 37-31 win and extend its unbeaten streak to 13 games.

The Warriors are now 15-2 overall and 13-2 in the conference. The victory, coupled with previously unbeaten Danbury’s loss to Westhill on Tuesday night, leaves Wilton, Westhill and Trumbull just one game behind Danbury in the overall FCIAC standings. Wilton plays Danbury next Wednesday night in Wilton.

Staples coach Ed Huydic had his team take a lot of time off the clock each trip down the floor, knowing the Warriors like a fast-paced game. The strategy worked, as the Wreckers held a 15-14 lead at halftime.

Wilton came out in the third quarter and spread the floor, opening the low post for Erica Meyer, who was held scoreless in the first half. Meyer poured in seven points in the quarter, as her team outscored Staples, 11-4, to take a 25-19 into the final eight minutes.

Casey Pearsall went coast-to-coast midway through the final period to give Wilton a 19-17 lead, and the Warriors stayed in front the rest of the way. Meyer and Pearsall accounted for all of the Warriors’ scoring in the fourth quarter, as they both had six points.

Pearsall finished the game with 14 points, followed by Meyer with 13 points and Haley English with six points. Staples (6-11) was led by Nicole Bukovsky with 10 points and Erica Stein with nine points.

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