Meyer-led Wilton romps into girls hoop state quarterfinals

For the second straight state tournament game, the Wilton High girls basketball team routed an opponent.

Behind a monster game from 6'3" junior center Erica Meyer (career-high 31 points, 20 rebounds), the sixth-seeded Warriors demolished 11th-seed Pomperaug, 69-38, in a Class LL second-round contest Friday night at the Zeoli Field House.

Wilton (21-4) will now travel to Hartford to face third-seed Weaver in the quarterfinals next Thursday night at 7 p.m.. Weaver advanced to the elite eight by defeating Masuk, 78-43, in the second round.

“This is the best I’ve ever played in my entire life,” said Meyer. “I took advantage of my height down low and my teammates did a great job in getting me the ball.

"Every time I shot the ball it just went in the basket," added Meyer. "I had the hot hand tonight, but it was the effort of the entire team that carried us to the victory. It was a great feeling to have a big game like this; I need to play like this more often."

Wilton got out to an early 7-0 lead and poured in 26 first-quarter points to lead 26-11 after the opening eight minutes. Meyer had 15 points in the period.

Pomperaug used the speed of its smallish line-up to push the ball up the court and into the paint whenever possible, catching Wilton off guard several times. However, the Panthers couldn’t convert their fastbreaks into points.

Wilton’s scoring frenzy settled down a bit in the second quarter, as the Warriors committed nine turnovers in the period. But Pomperaug wasn’t finding the bottom of the net, and the Warrior defense held the visitors to numerous one-shot possessions.

Wilton held a 40-15 lead at halftime, with Meyer’s point total at 20 points.

The Panthers had their best scoring quarter in the third but couldn’t get the Wilton lead under 22 points in the quarter, which ended with the Warriors ahead, 55-31.

“It was good see Erica have a big game and it should boost her confidence level going forward," said Wilton head coach Jaclyn Porco. "The team has been working in practice on getting her the ball so that it limits what she needs to do after she gets it, and we did exactly that tonight in the game. This also doesn’t give the defense the time to double-team her.”

Meyer’s career night included 11 buckets from the field, and she was nine for 12 from the free throw line. The Warriors were 16 for 25 from the foul line as a team.

Erin Cunningham added 10 points for the Warriors, while Haley English had nine points and Karen Brosko finished with eight points.

Hannah Metcalf and Gabriela Penzetta each had 12 points each for Pomperaug, which was just four of 15 from the free-throw line.