Wilton girls hoop team tops Warde, extends win streak

The Wilton High girls basketball team did what it took Tuesday night to pick up its seventh consecutive win.

Despite an off-night shooting, the Warriors played tough defense and posted a 44-26 victory over Warde.

Wilton is now 9-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

Warde also shot poorly and committed 20 turnovers, many unforced, limiting its scoring opportunities.

The Mustangs held the lead a few times in the first quarter, but the Warriors fought back to knot the score at 11-11 after one.

Wilton totally dominated in the second quarter, outscoring Warde, 16-2, to carry a 27-13 lead into the break. The Warriors were ahead 24-13 with just 2.3 seconds to play when they inbounded the ball under their own basket. The pass went to Casey Pearsall, who took a couple of quick dribbles and banked in a three-pointer from halfcourt just as the buzzer went off to end the first half.

Warde came out in the third period and cut the Warrior lead to 10 points, 34-24, at the end of the quarter. Wilton again took over in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Mustangs, 10-2.

Erin Cunningham (16 points) and Pearsall (14) provided the offense for the Warriors. Pearsall also led her team with 15 rebounds and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line.

Wilton head coach Jaclyn Porco said her team needs to be more consistent. “We know we have a lot of things to work on," she said. "We work on our weaknesses in practice and have to carry that over to the court."