Wilton Basketball Association team had the following results in travel basketball action from Feb. 9-11:
Wilton 25, Weston 22
The Wilton 5th/6th grade girls team traveled to Weston, pulling off another come-from-behind victory. Wilton starters Grace O’Connor, Addison Dobson, Kaitlyn Sullivan, Grace Guglielmo, and Teagan Stengrim played tenacious defense, with all five players causing turnovers and getting at least one steal each in the first period. Mary Kate Doyle came off the bench to start the scoring for the Warriors, while Addison Dobson and Riley Casey added to the first-half scoring. After the team faced an eight-point deficit at the half, Dobson, Guglielmo and Sullivan scored in the third quarter, closing the gap to six. Transitioning to a defensive press, the speedy Wilton guards caused turmoil while Emma Kelly clogged the inside, holding Weston to two buckets in the final quarter. Grace O’Connor lit up the scoring with an end-to-end layup along with a couple of clutch free throws. Guglielmo added a field goal after an offensive rebound, and free throws by Guglielmo and Sullivan tied the game at 20. Caroline Luce blocked a shot and assisted Maddie Phelan on a jumper to give Wilton its first lead of the game. After Weston tied the game, Phelan returned the favor to Luce with an assist to give Wilton the lead for good. A Sullivan free throw with 13 seconds remaining sealed the win, 25-22.
Wilton 38, Orange 35
The Wilton sixth grade girls basketball team, sponsored by Servco Oil & Propane, notched another win on Saturday, in a close game against Orange. Ashley Masterson lead the Warriors in points (10), rebounds (12) and blocked shots (3). Caroline Hage and Lauren Moe combined for more than a dozen rebounds. Each girl contributed eight points and a couple of steals. Hage’s inside presence created opportunities for her teammates. Moe added a pair of blocks and an assist. Maddie Dineen ran the offense. She scored six points, made a steal and had an assist. Molly Hancock hustled for five steals as well as a couple of assists and two points. The difference in the game was the Warrior performance in the second quarter when the Warriors out-scored their opponent by six points with help from the bench. Ella Mulfinger added four points, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot during the key quarter. Riley Fitzgerald created energy on the court with her scrambling play for fast breaks, creating a steal and layup. Julie Collias helped the Warriors with her unrelenting, tenacious defense, resulting in a steal and an assist. In the final minutes of the game, with Ashley Masterson grabbing one of her four steals in the game, the Warriors held onto their lead to close out the game 38-35.
Wilton 46, Stamford 34
Wilton seventh grade girls have had an up-and-down year. Heading into this very important weekend where they were taking on their rivals Stamford. Looking to put it all together they did just that, playing with a mission and something to prove. Heather Plowright scored eight straight points in the second quarter and Kelley Holmgren hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to go into the half tied. In the second half, Molly McLaughlin took over, hitting three 3-pointers and doing a great job getting the rest of the team involved on the offensive end, making great passes to Lucy Corey and Charlotte Casiraghi, who both converted. Wilton began running away with the game in the second half where the defense led by Mary Scally, Anna Joy, Hannah Fitzgerald and Kendall Shultz shut down Stamford and Wilton ran off to a 46-34 win.
Wilton 39, CT Elite 14
Wilton 21, Darien 10
On Saturday, the Wilton fifth grade boys beat the CT Elite team 39-14 on the road in Trumbull. The game was a potent collaboration amongst the boys, with each member of the team scoring points. Grady Kaliski led the way with 8 points, followed by Liam McKiernan (7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist), Cole Siegel took control in the paint (6 points, 8 rebounds), Jack Schwartz (5 points, 1 assist), Matt Garcia (4 points), Luke Perna (3 points, 1 assist), Cael Dexter (2 points and 1 rebound) and two points each for Ryan Luchetta and Luke Ginsburg.
On Sunday, the boys handily beat Darien 21-10 at home. While it was a low-scoring game, the boys demonstrated impressive ball movement, selflessness and aggressive play. Luke Perna was fierce all game, forcing four turnovers and collecting two rebounds. Cole Siegel racked up 13 rebounds, scored two points, forced a turnover and blocked a shot. Cael Dexter grabbed four rebounds, scored two points and had one assist. Grady Kaliski had one rebound, one point and forced two turnovers. Liam McKiernan accounted for one-third of the team’s points, scoring seven points and two assists. Matt Garcia demonstrated impressive ball handling and scored two points. Liam Murphy came back strong from a double ear infection, scoring two points, forcing two turnovers and fighting for two rebounds. Luke Ginsburg grabbed one rebound, scored three points and forced one turnover. Jack Schwartz had a powerful day at the boards, bringing in six rebounds, feeding teammates two assists and scoring one point. Ryan Luchetta grabbed a turnover before exiting the game with an injured knee.
Greenwich Flame 38, Wilton 30
The Wilton 5th-6th grade boys team, sponsored by Servco Oil, started the weekend off slowly with a 38-20 loss to a strong Greenwich Flame team. The offense was led by Mason Andrews (10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal) and Cole Galante (5 points, 1 rebound). Defensively, Jack Williams (5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots), Luke DiRocco (3 steals, 3 rebounds), Declan Brokaw (1 steal) and Patrick Heffernan (2 steals, 4 rebounds) made Greenwich earn their win. Also strong on the boards were Will Fishcher (3 rebounds), Justin Kammerman (3 rebounds, 2 steals), Henry Soojian (2 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds), Stefano Cross (2 points, 1 steal, 1 rebound), and Tucker Farrell (1 steal, 1 rebound). Brody Hess was fearless driving to the hoop and drawing several fouls (1 free throw) but in the end Wilton was outmatched.
Westport PAL 49, Wilton 28
Late on Sunday night the team fell to a skilled Westport PAL team, 49-28. There were some flashes of brilliance on offense by Brody Hess (4 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds), Luke DiRocco (5 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot), Patrick Heffernan (5 points, 3 steals), Stefano Cross (2 points, 4 rebounds), Tucker Farrell (2 points, 1 steal) and Will Fischer (6 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds). Aggressive defense by Mason Andews (2 points, 3 steals, 1 rebound), Cole Galante (2 points, 1 steal, 3 rebounds), Jack Williams (2 steals, 3 rebounds), Henry Soojian (1 steal, 1 rebound), and Justin Kammerman (1 rebound) tried to contain Westport’s inside game.
Wilton 55, Westport 39
On Sunday at home, the Wilton sixth grade boys avenged a tough loss to Westport last weekend and are now 2-1 versus Westport this season. In the game last weekend, Wilton blew a big lead in the fourth quarter but not this time. Wilton was in control for the entire game. Westport’s tenacious fullcourt press led to more Wilton turnovers than coach Jose would have liked to see but the Warriors’ adjustments, improved decision making and heads-up passing ultimately got them through it and led to many easy baskets. Wilton big men Max Jarvie, Anderson Campbell, Kyle Roesser, Luke Umphred and Peter Reyes dominated the boards and the low post game combining for 24 rebounds and 32 points. Todd Woodring and Henry Roy were once again solid all-around contributors with six points and three steals each. Their hustle and unselfish play also left them with three and six assists, respectively. All six of Levi Kaplan’s points and three of Jack Minnich’s five points were from downtown. When they weren’t launching threes they were working the ball around with quick passes and creating opportunities for their teammates.
Wilton 75, Darien 68
The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Hardware, headed into a three game weekend with the opportunity to prepare themselves for the playoffs and secure first place in their league.
The weekend started on Saturday with a non-league game against a tough Darien team that Wilton had defeated earlier in the season. The Wilton squad started slow and was down at the end of the first quarter 17-16. The first half continued to be a back and forth affair with Tommy McKiernan (30 points), Bailey Finn (15 points) and Spencer Liston (7 points) pacing the Wilton offense. As the offense was still finding its footing in the first half, the team continued to show energy and discipline on the defensive end of the floor with Alexander Reyes (2 steals, 2 blocks), Ryan Preisano (2 steals, 3 point), Andrew Roth (2 steals, 2 points), and Griffin Turner (1 steal, 2 points) applying pressure on Darien throughout the game. Wilton remained on the wrong side of the score at halftime 36-35. The second half saw Wilton begin to find its offensive rhythm with Jackson Duncan (4 points), Nicholas Walden (4 points), and Tommy Walsh (3 points) getting involved. The team finally took a lead heading into the fourth quarter 56-49 and did not look back. The team earned their 18th win of the season with a final score of 75-68.
Wilton 44, Trumbull Gold 35
The marquee event of the weekend was Sunday morning’s away game against Trumbull Gold for the regular season title. Trumbull came into the game without a loss in league play. Again, Wilton started slow struggling to get into an offensive flow. Trumbull opened any early lead by breaking the Wilton press and creating four easy baskets. Trumbull led at the end of the 1st quarter 17-10. In the second quarter Wilton relied on their defense to keep the game close with outstanding effort from Ryan Preisano (3 steals), Alexander Reyes (2 steals, 2 points), Jackson Duncan (1 steal, 1 defensive rebound), Tommy Walsh (1 steal) and Griffin Turner (2 defensive rebounds). Trumbull led at halftime 24-18. For the second time in the weekend, coach Kevin Hand delivered on his halftime adjustments and Wilton came out firing on offense led by Bailey Finn (19 points), Tommy McKiernan (11 points) and Nicholas Walden (10 points). In the second half, the backcourt of Spencer Liston (4 points) and Andrew Roth (2 steals) helped steady Wilton throughout and led them to a third quarter lead of 32-28. With the regular season championship on the line, the Wilton boys dug deep with great defensive play and a real team effort that held Trumbull to 11 second-half points. As the final horn sounded, Wilton had won its 19th game of the season and was crowned the regular season champion with a 44-35 victory.
New Canaan 66, Wilton 44
With the regular season championship in hand, the team entered the final game of the weekend looking to continue its winning ways and begin preparation for the 2018 FCBL playoffs. Sunday afternoon found Wilton matched up with long time rival New Canaan Black. Wilton came out strong playing toe to toe against the very talented New Canaan team. New Canaan led at the end of the 1st quarter 14-13. The teams continued to trade baskets during the second quarter with Wilton delivering a balanced attack with scoring from Tommy Walsh (8 points), Jackson Duncan (6 points), Griffin Turner (6 points), Spencer Liston (6 points) and Bailey Finn (6 points). As the second half began, New Canaan appeared to find another gear in their offense and began to pull away from the Wilton boys. Wilton was able to make a few brief runs back into the game led by the defensive energy of Andrew Roth (2 steals, 2 points) and Alexander Reyes (2 points, 2 defensive rebound). Despite being down 37-21 in the third quarter, Wilton continued to show the effort on both ends of the floor that had led them to 19 wins in the season. Nicholas Walden (5 rebounds, 2 points), Ryan Preisano (2 steals), and Tommy McKiernan (2 steals, 5 points) continued to play hard but New Canaan’s precision 3-point shooting proved too much for Wilton.
Wilton 44, Stamford JCC 29
Westport 48, Wilton 36
The Wilton boys 7th/8th grade basketball team, sponsored by Caraluzzi’s, played Stamford JCC and Westport this weekend. Against Stamford, Wilton started strong, going up 13-3 after the first quarter on good shooting by Connor Robertson, and rode his 25 points and 11 rebounds to a 44-29 victory.
In the second game, Westport applied lots of pressure. Wilton held up well, and the teams were back and forth in the first half, but Wilton’s inconsistent shooting and Westport’s pressure led to 48-36 loss. Wilton’s other bigs, Dylan Smith and Tim Martin, played solid inside, collecting 17 rebounds, making seven steals, and contributing eight points over the two games. Wilton’s guards, Dillon Mannix, Sean Wiseman, Conor Lillis, Will Sullivan and James Minnich moved the ball effectively to keep Stamford on their heels, adding 13 points, and making 10 steals. Swingmen AJ Preisano made two solid 3-pointers and Colin Tsai and Harrison Lent made mid-range jump shots in both games and Jefferson Mitchell contributed six important points in his return against Westport. Wilton continued to battle hard for contested balls, leading to several key jump ball calls.
Wilton 54, Weston Gold 36
The Wilton eighth grade boys travel basketball team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza , won its game over the weekend against Weston Gold at Middlebrook. Wilton took a strong inside points lead in the first half thanks to Andrews, Cummings, K. Hyzy, and Lynch. Skilled passing and center drives by Masterson, Woodring and Eusube along with impressive assists and rebounds helped continue their lead. Outside shooters C. Hyzy, Silva and Murphy contributed multiple points throughout the game. The team’s combined strong offense and defense gave them a 54-36 win.