Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in travel action from Jan. 26-28:
Wilton 31, Ridgefield 30
Wilton 34, Ridgefield 11
Wilton def. New Rochelle (forfeit)
East Hartford 41, Wilton 39
The Wilton sixth grade girls team, sponsored by Servco Oil, improved its season record to 9-3 following a successful weekend that saw them defeat rivals Ridgefield (31-30), Darien (34-11) and New Rochelle (forfeit), before losing a nail-biter to East Hartford (41-39).
In the Friday opener against A division rival Ridgefield, Wilton trailed for much of the game before a perfect pass from Maddie Dineen (2 points) to Ashleigh Masterson (12 points) with three seconds remaining led to Masterson’s buzzer beater. Up to that point, Caroline Hage (6 points) and Anisa Burrows (6 points) had provided much of the offense, while Riley Fitzgerald, Julie Collias (1 point), Ella Mulfinger, Marin Burke, Lauren Moe (2 points) and Maddie Hancock (2 points) provided tremendous hustle and shut down defense.
The win puts Wilton into second place behind East Hartford in the A division.
After handing B division Darien its first loss of the season by 23 points, and the forfeit victory over the short-staffed New Rochelle, Wilton fell just short against East Hartford, which had handed the Warriors a 24-point defeat in their first game of the season.
Dineen hit some key jump shots to lead the team with 12 points, while Masterson (9 points), Burrows (7 points), Fitzgerald (4 points), Hage (4 points), Hancock (2 points) and Mulfinger (1 point) also chipped in offensively. Moe, Collias and Burke added great energy and effort.
The Warriors are hopeful for another crack at East Hartford in the playoffs as their improvement was clearly visible despite the defeat.
Wilton 45, Fairfield Mystics 23
Norwalk 34, Wilton 27 (OT)
The seventh grade Wilton Girls basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Hardware, had a mixed weekend, beating Fairfield Mystics on Saturday and losing to Norwalk on Sunday.
On Saturday against the Fairfield Mystics, Wilton gained control of the game early, dominating throughout and earning one of their most convincing wins of the season so far, 45-23. Kelly Holmgren led the offense with 18 points and three assists, with Kendall Scholz scoring nine points and leading the rebounds with nine. Lucy Corry and Hannah Fitzgerald’s sharpshooting added another four points apiece, along with numerous steals, while Charlotte Casiraghi stood strong in defense with multiple steals and rebounds.
On Sunday versus Norwalk, the team suffered a disappointing 34-27 OT loss, having led for most of the game. The game was a physical battle from the outset. Ava Fasano led the scoring with five points along with four steals and five rebounds and Heather Plowright fought for her four points and added five steals and three rebounds. Molly McLaughlin added another four points with her tricky dribbling, as did Mary Scally, adding four points and a number of steals. Anna Joy showed her strength adding foul shot points, multiple steals and numerous assists. After Norwalk tied the game 25-25 as the game buzzer sounded, Wilton unfortunately couldn’t pull off the win in OT.
Wilton 43, Westport 31
New Fairfield 32, Wilton 25
The Wilton eighth grade girls team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, split their games this weekend. They defeated Westport by a score of 43-31 on Sunday afternoon in the FCBL league competition. On Saturday, Wilton lost to New Fairfield 32-25.
Sunday’s game against Westport was a close contest only in the first half. Wilton used its quickness to take the lead for good early in the second half and never looked back. Wilton’s defense dominated with Leah Martins coming up with numerous steals. Bella Andjelkovic, Erin Floyd and Ellie Coffey collected rebound after rebound and kept Westport with a very low scoring percentage. Wilton handled Westport’s full court press well with Olivia Rossi and Grace Williams keeping control of the ball and transitioning into offense with efficient passing. Wilton scored at will in the second half with Catherine Dineen, Katie Umphred, Ellie Copley and Morgan Lebek converting on some terrific fast breaks.
Norwalk 26, Wilton 24
Wilton 47, Weston 8
The fourth grade Wilton boys played Norwalk in a very close hard fought game that came down to the wire on Saturday. Craig O’Neill put Wilton on the board first with a nice steal and breakaway shot early in the game. Theo Satrazemis, Grant Stein, Jake Padilla and Nolan Milhoua proved strong defensively throughout the game. Will Byrnes with a quick breakaway and pass to Charlie Roy to the Warriors up by two at the end of the first quarter. Then it was Roy’s turn with the nice breakaway and pass to Byrnes, tying the game at the half. Curtis Jackson led the team in rebounds and Kieran Wiseman had strong consistent assists. Blake Ongley had a nice drive to the basket to tie the game up with just four minutes left in the game. This nail-bitter ended with Norwalk ahead 26-24.
Not to fear, these boys dominated in their second game, 47-8, against Weston.
Westport 37, Wilton 30
The Wilton fifth grade boys team played an impressive game on Sunday, taking the first-place Westport team right down to the wire in a tightly contested game.
Wilton raced out to an early lead as they were able to consistently break Westport’s vaunted press with point guards Liam McKiernan (2 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds) and Grady Kaliski (2 assists, 3 rebounds) making several beautiful passes that led to Wilton layups. With Jack Schwartz (8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Luke Ginsberg (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Luke Perna (4 points, 5 rebounds) leading the offensive attack with several drives to the basket, the boys took an 20-15 halftime lead. Displaying a team depth few teams can match, all 10 players had at least one rebound at half and their attacking zone defenses led to several Westport turnovers.
The third quarter continued the display of unselfish, team-oriented basketball as the team made quick crisp passes and used aggressive defense to maintain the lead. Guards Ryan Luchetta (2 points, 4 rebounds) and Matt Garcia (2 points, 2 rebounds) applied constant pressure on the ball while the three-headed monster of Liam Murphy (2 points, 6 rebounds,4 blocks), Cael Dexter (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block) and Cole Siegel (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block) controlled the paint, blocking and altering several shots.
Wilton took a 26-20 lead into the fourth quarter, but Westport went on a 14-0 run to take the lead and ultimately win the game. While not the outcome they wanted, the boys sent notice to the rest of the league that they will be a dangerous team to face come playoff time.
The Wilton fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Servco Oil, split their games this weekend with an important league game win against Westport and a non-league loss against Norwalk.
Wilton 31, Westport 12
On Saturday, Wilton’s suffocating defense led by Henry Soojian (3 steals), Cole Galante (2 steals), Will Fischer (2 steals) and Patrick Heffernan (4 steals) enabled the team to quickly jump out to a 13-2 lead and they never looked back. Wilton had its most balanced scoring attack of the season with points from Brody Hess (6 points), Jack Williams (6 points), Luke DiRocco (4 points), Justin Kammerman (4 points), Galante (4 points), Soojian (4 points), Declan Brokaw (2 points), and Fischer (1 point). Williams was a dominating force in the paint with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots while aggressive play from DiRocco (6 rebounds), Brokaw (5 rebounds), Soojian (5 rebounds), Stefano Cross (4 rebounds), Mason Andrews (2 rebounds), Hess (2 rebounds) and Kammerman (1 rebound) helped Wilton to own the boards and secure the victory.
Norwalk 57, Wilton 42
On Sunday, Wilton took on a very tough Norwalk team with an 11-2 record. Patrick Heffernan led the scoring for Wilton with 17 points including an ‘and 1’ on a nifty pass from Jack Williams. Heffernan also had three assists on hard-driving layups by Justin Kammerman (6 points), Luke DiRocco (4 points), and Brody Hess (3 points). Wilton kept the game close in the first half thanks to tough defense, including a blocked shot by Williams and key steals by Will Fischer, Stefano Cross, Cole Galante, Kammerman, Hess, and Heffernan. The highlight of the game was a 30-foot, 3-pointer buzzer beater by Mason Andrews to end the first half with Wilton down by only two points at 24-22.
In the second half, Wilton got important points from Declan Brokaw (3 points), Henry Soojian (3 points), Galante (2 points), and Cross (1 point). Cross (6 rebounds), Andrews (4 rebounds), and DiRocco (3 rebounds) were also very aggressive on the boards all game. But in the end, a 32-point scoring performance by Norwalk’s best player proved to be too much to overcome.
Wilton 54, Darien 45
The Wilton sixth grade boys team, sponsored by Servco Oil and Propane, had a successful weekend, winning a pair of games against Darien YMCA and Mount Vernon, and now are riding a three-game winning streak.
In Saturday’s game at Darien, the boys emerged victorious, 54-45, as Kyle Roesser (7 points, 10 rebounds), Anderson Campbell (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Max Jarvie (11 points, 7 rebounds) proved much too powerful for Darien down in the post. Aiding the attack, a slashing Henry Roy (11 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds) ran the court aggressively, scoring not only in transition but also in the set offense, showcasing his smooth jump shot. Darien scored the first seven points before Wilton’s offense came back to life and went on a 19-4 run to take a 21-15 half-time lead. On the defensive end, the full-court press led to several turnovers that ignited the fast break. Jack Minnich played ferocious defense, diving for loose balls and causing several turnovers. Guards Wyatt Jones, Levi Kaplan and Peter Reyes ran the offense, feeding the ball into the bigs down low for easy buckets. Forwards Luke Umphred and Todd Woodring (7 points, 2 rebounds) played tough defense and ran the fast break well. Wilton pulled out ahead in the final minutes. Woodring and Roy each nailed a pair of clutch free throws with less than one minute to go in the game to seal the victory.
Wilton 42, Mount Vernon 33
In Sunday’s game, Wilton came out on top against a speedy Mount Vernon team at Middlebrook School. Guards Reyes (5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals) and Minnich (4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal) had breakout games playing tough defense, running the court and nailing timely mid-range jump shots. Kaplan had one of his best games of the year draining two 3-pointers, dishing out two assists and blocking one shot. Fellow point guard Wyatt Jones ran the set offense along with Minnich and Reyes. Max Jarvie crashed the glass on both sides of the court, grabbing five rebounds while stealing the ball four times. Woodring (10 points, 5 rebounds) and Campbell (6 points, 5 rebounds) drove to the basket and executed the pick-and-roll to perfection. Roesser (2 points), Roy (6 points) and Umphred (2 points) rounded out the scoring.
Greenwich Flame 54, Wilton 43
The Wilton seventh and eighth grade boys basketball team (sponsored by Caraluzzi’s Market) hosted Greenwich Flame White on Saturday evening in a league game. Greenwich entered the game as the first-place team in the division. Wilton played a strong game defensively and rebounded extremely well with Connor Robertson and AJ Preisano leading the way on the boards. However, Wilton’s shots were not falling and Greenwich surged to 28-13 lead at the half. Wilton mounted a second-half comeback and pulled within five points in the third quarter before Greenwich pulled away. Wilton’s scoring was led by Connor Robertson (20 points), Sean Wiseman (5 points), Tim Martin (5 points), Dylan Smith (4 points), AJ Preisano (4 points) James Minnich (3 points) and Dillon Mannix (2 points).
Greenwich Stars White 58, Wilton 32
On Sunday Wilton played non-league opponent Greenwich Stars White. The game was highlighted by significant contributions from Wilton’s seventh graders. Will Sullivan (5 points) put Wilton out to an early lead but Greenwich was hot from 3-point range and quickly regained the lead. Some key baskets from Harrison Lent (4 points), Connor Lillis (3 points), James Minnich (3 points) and Tim Martin (2 points), and strong defensive play from Colin Tsai, Dylan Smith and Sean Wiseman kept the game within reach. Greenwich continued its consistent offensive play in the second half and pulled away for the victory. Connor Robertson (8 points), Dillon Mannix (5 points), AJ Preisano (3 points) and Connor Lillis (3 points) rounded out the scoring for Wilton.
Wilton 83, Danbury 53
The Wilton eighth grade boys’ team, sponsored by Pinocchio’s Pizza came out flying against the Danbury squad in the first game of the league play doubleheader. Leading the team in points were Connor Cummings (16 points), Max Andrews (13 points) and Craig Hyzy (11 points). Max Silva shot lights-out behind the arc, draining three 3-pointers. Grant Masterson showed his quick defensive hustle with six rebounds and two steals as well as his offensive agility (6 points). Kevin Hyzy showed his impressive athleticism as always (3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal). Will Murphy added numerous rebounds and assists in a solid effort. The quick hands and great passes of Parker Woodrings’ (4 points) helped Wilton hold onto a 40-22 lead at the half. Jack Lynch displayed his ability to get under the hoop and grabbed seven rebounds on defense and added six points on offense. Zarius Eusebe’s follow-through (8 points) gave Wilton the edge, as the boys finished strong and pulled away for an 83-53 win. More impressive was that the team was up by 25 points with a minute to go and they were still diving for balls.
Wilton 47, West Haven 41
Game two brought a very different game, but the same outcome as Wilton defeated West Haven. The boys had success with their play-calling and had possession of the ball for most of the first half. Parker Woodring shined in his overall play (12 points and 7 assists). Connor Cummings had a solid game (6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block) and hit six free throws with precision. A key steal from Will Murphy brought the bench to its feet. Craig Hyzy always come out with a 3-pointer at the critical times in games for the Warriors (7 points). Kevin Hyzy was getting jostled by the West Haven defenders but showed them who’s boss (5 points and a steal). Jack Lynch, always hustling, got in their face with five rebounds and two points. In the third quarter, West Haven came storming back to get the score within 11 points. Grant Masterson’s (2 points) aggressive play on the boards kept West Haven on its heels. Quick defense and superior offense from both Zarius Eusebe and Max Silva (3 points) stood out. The victory was sealed with strategic ball handling, passing, and a clutch free throw to end the game by Max Andrew’s (5 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal).