After a resounding win Thursday night against Danbury, the Wilton High girls basketball team is one more victory away from being the top overall seed in the FCIAC playoffs.
The Warriors ran Danbury out the Zeoli Field House, registering an impressive 50-30 triumph over the reigning conference champions. It was the 15th consecutive victory for Wilton, which is now 17-2 overall and 15-2 in the FCIAC.
The blowout win, coupled with a Westhill loss to Trinity Catholic on Thursday, left Wilton needing just a victory over Bassick (2-16) in the regular-season finale tomorrow to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament , which starts Saturday.
“We stayed within ourselves tonight and played a complete game,” said Wilton head coach Jaclyn Porco. “I told the team ‘let’s take it eight minutes at avtime and don’t try to do too much.’ We beat a good basketball team tonight. This shows how far our program as come, as we didn’t let the pressure of all the things tonight keep us from winning.”
The Wilton gym was full of energy Thursday, as it was Senior Night and a showdown against Danbury, with the Warriors’ winning streak on the line.
Wilton’s starting lineup, comprised of two seniors and three sophomores, didn’t let the pressure of the occasion get to them as the hosts came out and put a 15-spot on the board before Danbury (17-3) scored its first basket of the night with 1:05 left to play in the first quarter.
All five of Wilton starters scored in the 15-0 run to open the game. Senior co-captain Casey Pearsall drained a three-pointer just before the quarter’s end for an 18-2 lead after one. The Wilton defense was giving the Hatters only one shot each time down the floor.
Danbury got on track offensively in the second quarter, cutting the Wilton lead to 26-18 at the half. The Hatters then came out and hit a basket out of the break to make it 26-20, but the Warriors went on to outscore Danbury, 10-5, the rest of the period to take a 36-25 lead into the fourth.
The Warriors put the game away in the final eight minutes as they held Danbury to only five points.
Pearsall led a balanced Warrior attack with 16 points, seven assists and seven steals. Erica Meyer had 12 points and nine rebounds, and senior co-captain Alyssa Malvarosa had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Rachel Gartner had 12 points and Rebecca Gartner nine points for Danbury.
“I got a great effort from my team tonight and I’m proud for what we have accomplished,” said Porco. “With a win tomorrow we could win the regular-season title, I don’t know if that has ever been done [at Wilton], or if t hasn’t been done for an awful long time.”