Wilton girls hoop team wins FCIAC quarterfinal, 49-36

A 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter powered the Wilton High girls basketball team to a 49-36 victory over Ridgefield in an FCIAC quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon at the Zeoli Field House.

The top-seeded Warriors, who extended their winning streak to 17 games, will now face fourth-seed Danbury in a conference semifinal contest Tuesday night at 7:30 at Fairfield Ludlowe.

Ahead 26-24, Wilton (19-2) scored the final three points of the third quarter to open a 29-24 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Warriors then scored the first 10 points of the final period to take control.

Eighth-seed Ridgefield led 8-7 after the first quarter, but Wilton used a 12-2 run in the second quarter to lead 20-14 at halftime.

Alyssa Malvarosa, Casey Pearsall and Erin Cunningham had 11 points apiece for Wilton. Erica Meyer added eight points.

Wilton head coach Jaclyn Porco cited the defensive play of Cunningham and Mackenna Pearsall as critical to her team's win.

Notes: In the opener of a doubleheader at the Zeoli Field House, the Wilton boys basketball team topped Bassick, 75-72, in a key FCIAC regular-season game. The Warriors are now 9-7 in the conference and in sole possession of the eighth and final conference playoff berth with two games remaining. Bassick fell to 8-8 in the FCIAC with the loss.