Girls hoop: Wilton falls to Tolland in states

The Wilton High girls basketball team had its impressive season end with a 45-30 loss to Tolland in the second round of the Class L state tournament Thursday night at the Zeoli Field House.

The Warriors finished the season with a 20-4 record.

Wilton was playing its first game without senior point guard Casey Pearsall, who suffered a torn ACL during a first-round win over Branford on Monday. Pearsall attended the game and sat on the Wilton bench.

The fifth-seeded Warriors led 8-5 after the first quarter, but 12th-seed Tolland went on a 16-4 run in the second quarter to go ahead, 21-12, at halftime. Four different players hit three-pointers for Tolland during the run.

Tolland picked up where it left off in the third quarter, opening the period with a 12-2 run to build a 19-point lead.

Wilton was able to close within nine points at 39-30 in the fourth quarter before Tolland scored the game's final six points.

The Warriors committed 19 turnovers in the game, and got all their points from just three players. Erin Cunningham had 14 points to lead Wilton, while Haley English added nine points and Erica Meyer had seven points. Meyer got in early foul trouble and eventually fouled out.

Cunningham had a team-high eight rebounds, and Makenna Pearsall and Meyer each pulled down seven rebounds.