Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in travel action from Feb. 16-19:
Wilton 26, Ridgefield 22
The Wilton seventh grade girls, who are sponsored by True Value, had a big test this past weekend playing first-place Ridgefield, their arch rival. They are coming off a big win against Stamford and are beginning to play well once again. They had a bruising first half, with the score tied midway through the second quarter. Wilton ran off with six straight points to lead by four at halftime. Baskets were tough to come by for both teams as the defense was intense. Wilton started to run away from Ridgefield in the third quarter, maintaining its lead by six points heading into the fourth quarter. With two minutes to go, with Wilton up by eight, Ridgefield ran off six straight points. After a timeout Wilton made a basket and did not allow Ridgefield to cross midcourt, sealing the victory. This was a big win for the Wilton girls as they are now heading into the playoffs with a string of wins and some wind at their back. This was a total team effort, everyone contributed in their own way and made plays when it counted.
Norwalk 42, Wilton 36
Wilton 40, Newtown 28
The Wilton eighth grade girls team sponsored by Pinocchio’s Pizza split its games this weekend. On Saturday, Wilton lost a hard-fought battle to the number-one seed Norwalk, 42-36. On Sunday, they defeated Newtown by a score of 40-28, securing third place in the FCBL Division A league.
Saturday was a game of toughness against Norwalk. Grace Williams had three 3-point shots, followed by multiple baskets from Catherine Dineen (6 points) and Erynn Floyd (4 points). Ellie Copley and Olivia Rossi were able to convert a basket each from fast breaks. Bella Andjelkovic deflected multiple shots with her blocks.
Sunday’s game against Newtown was led by a solid defense from Katie Umphred thwarting all shot attempts. Wilton dominated the game, Leah Martins (13 points) and Ellie Coffey (8 points) led the scoring.
Wilton improves to 23-3
The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Hardware, won three non-league games over the weekend to improve to 23-3. Having secured first place in league play, the Warriors were anxious to get back on the court and play against non-league opponents. Wilton traveled to play Stamford JCC on Sunday and then participated in the Bristol Boys & Girls Club MLK tournament on Monday. Wilton beat Stamford, 65-46; BBGC, 49-47, in double overtime; and Manchester, 47-38.
All weekend Wilton played an aggressive zone defense which forced teams to take long jumpers and resulted many rebounds. Tommy Walsh and Andrew Roth had key steals leading to fastbreak scores by Ryan Preisano and Spencer Liston. A well-balanced offense had the Warriors leading in all three games. Leading scorers included Tommy McKiernan, Bailey Finn and Nicholas Walden. The interior defense led by Griffin Turner and Alexander Reyes kept the ball out of the paint and stymied the opponents’ big men. Timely 3-pointers throughout of the games by Jackson Duncan kept the competitors guessing about who to guard. Wilton’s stamina to play three games in 24 hours is great sign of well-conditioned/coached team. The Warriors host the Milford Knights Blue this Saturday February for their last home game before the FCBL tournament starts.
Wilton 73, Bloomfield 71 (OT)
The Wilton eighth grade boys travel team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, won a double overtime thriller Saturday night in Hartford against Bloomfield. Already facing a tough task due to a short bench over the holiday weekend, the Wilton boys played hard and fast against a very good Bloomfield team, who had entered the game sporting a 7-3 record.
Wilton came out of the gates fast and jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead behind monster games by Max Andrews (26 points, 6 rebounds) and Kevin Hyzy (19 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds). Jack Lynch (6 points, 2 rebounds), Will Murphy (3 rebounds, 1 assist) and Max Silva (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) came off the Wilton bench to add additional defense and scoring. Connor Cummings contributed seven rebounds.
The speed of the game and lack of bench depth took its toll in the third quarter as Bloomfield shooters finally found their range behind the 3-point arc and took a lead deep into the fourth quarter. Zarius Eusebe gave coaches a ton of quality minutes and responded with a great all-around contribution (4 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals). The referee was letting the boys play all game and the physicality in the paint was exhausting for the players.
After tying the game at 61-61 in regulation, the teams played to a virtual defensive standstill in the first overtime. However, coach Billmeyer, going with an offense/defense rotation by possession, set up Craig Hyzy (12 points, 2 rebounds) in the corner, down by one with seven seconds remaining, to hit a three and propel Wilton to an exciting and well earned win.