Youth basketball: Wilton 8th grade girls split two games
The following games were recently played by Wilton Basketball Association teams.
Girls 8th grade
Wilton split a pair of games over the weekend, beating Monroe, 31-23, on Saturday before falling to St. Theresa’s of Trumbull, 50-23, on Sunday.
Saturday's game was a defensive battle in which Wilton was able to use its athleticism to pull out the victory. Wilton's scoring was led by Kelly Holmgren (14 points, nine rebounds) and Ava Fasano (six points, six rebounds), while Kendall Scholz (two points, seven rebounds) and Mary Scally (two points, seven rebounds, seven steals) helped lead the team defensively. Anna Joy chipped in with two points and six rebounds, and Heather Plowright added two points, three rebounds and three steals. Lucy Corry rounded out the scoring with three points, two assists and two steals.
On Sunday, Wilton faced a sound and sharp-shooting St. Theresa’s team that knocked down eight three-pointers and shot over 50% from the field. Wilton struggled offensively with low-percentage shots and a lot of turnovers. Holmgren led Wilton with 10 points and six rebounds, while Scholz finished with six points and six rebounds. Maddie Ratcliffe (two points), Charlotte Casaraghi (two rebounds, two steals) and Molly McLaughlin (one point, two assists, three rebounds) added a lot of hustle on defense.
Girls 7th/8th grade
Wilton 40, New Milford 24
Wilton got off to a strong start in its win over New Milford last Saturday. Sawyer Pendergast had a breakout game for Wilton with 16 points. Aly Rappaport and Georgia Russnok each added six points, while Shayla Kapoor and Avery Shestag contributed four points apiece, and Marin Burke and Erin Getty each had two points. Mary Kate Doyle moved the ball quickly for Wilton, and Caroline Luce showed great tenacity on defense.
Girls 7th Grade
Wilton wins two of three games
The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team edged Ridgefield, 28-27, in a league game Friday night. Wilton trailed for much of the contest before taking the lead with an offensive spurt late in the third quarter. Molly Hancock (10 points) hit two three-pointers during the run, while Maddie Dineen (nine points) added one trey and Anisa Burrows (six points) also scored, and Cali Hage contributed two key assists. Ashleigh Masterson (four points) and Riley Fitzgerald (two) rounded out the scoring for Wilton.
On Saturday, Wilton traveled to play the East Hartford 7th/8th grade team and lost, 41-32. Masterson had a big game offensively (15 points) and on the boards (16 rebounds). Lauren Moe (two points) helped nullify East Hartford’s size advantage with her defensive presence. Burrows (seven points) and Emma Kelly (five points) helped to fuel the offense.
On Sunday, a short-handed Wilton team routed the Stamford Young Timers, 40-19. Wilton took control right away, jumping out to a 20-2 lead. Wilton was unselfish with the ball as it had 11 assists (from seven different players) on 19 baskets. Hancock led the scoring with 10 points, followed by Burrows (eight points), Ella Mulfinger (six points), Maddie Phelan (four points), Masterson (four points), Moe (four points), Kelly (two points), and Dineen (two points).
Girls 5th/6th Grade
Wilton 23, Norwalk 18
Wilton started out strong, led by top scorer Grace Costa. Julia Munrow and Sofia Samai each provided six points, while Sophia Viggiano added a free throw and helped with rebounding. Elizabeth Crocitto was a force to reckon with on the defensive side of the ball. Jordyn Ennis and Maddie Smith were all over the court defensively, creating turnovers and getting rebounds. Caitlyn Getty fought hard for rebounds and helped Wilton regain possession, while Annalise Lamanna grabbed three rebounds and worked hard to get open on offense.
Girls 5th Grade
Wilton split its games last weekend, beating Bethel, 26-5, on Saturday afternoon and falling to New Milford, 22-15, on Sunday. Saturday’s game against Bethel showed what Wilton can do. The Warriors used their quickness to take an early lead and never looked back. Led by Lilliana Finn and Arwen Garcia, Wilton's defense dominated. Maia Andjelkovic, Ella Loughran, and Kokona Layne collected rebound after rebound, while Rose Bilella and Rory Kepner took care of the ball and made nice passes. Wilton scored at will in the second half, with Ellie Smith, Carolina Bonita, and Josie Silva converting on some terrific fast-breaks.
Boys 8th Grade
Wilton 61, Waterbury 58
Wilton began the weekend with a hard-fought win against a tough Waterbury Huskies team. Tommy McKiernan (25 points, including six three-pointers) and Tommy Walsh (six points on two three-pointers) kept Wilton close in the first half by hitting shots from the perimeter. The Warriors then came out strong to start the second half, playing stifling defense and getting several steals by Spencer Liston (10 points) and Ryan Preisano (three points). Wilton's inside game was led by Nick Walden (10 points, 11 rebounds), Bailey Finn (five points) and Jeff Mitchell (two points). Waterbury tried to climb back into the game but was held off by the strong defense and rebounding of Alexander Reyes and Will McCormack. Great ball handling by guards McKiernan, Liston and Mikey Byrnes helped break Waterbury’s press
Wilton 66, Norwalk 54
The Warriors continued their success on Sunday evening with a win over Norwalk in a game of runs. The inside presence of Finn (12 points, 10 rebounds), Walden (six points), Mitchell (three points), McCormack (two points), and Reyes helped open things up for guards McKiernan (30 points) and Preisano (two points). Liston (eight points), Walsh (three points) and Byrnes played great perimeter defense to shut down Norwalk’s shooting guards in the second half.
Boys 7th Grade
Redding/Easton 40, Wilton 19
Wilton played league-leading Redding/Easton at Middlebrook and found out why they are currently at the top of the standings. Never able to get on track, the Warriors fell behind early and were forced to play catch-up most of the game. Max Jarvie led Wilton with six points. Todd Woodring (five points), Henry Roy (four), Kyle Roesser (two), and Will Fischer (two) also scored against a stingy defense. Luke DiRocco, Roesser and Jarvie had five rebounds apiece, while Peter Reyes added two rebounds and Levi Kaplan, Woodring, and Roy each had one.
Boys 6th Grade
Wilton splits pair of games
The Wilton 6th grade boys A team had another busy weekend, beating Waterbury at home and then losing to Westport on the road. Against Waterbury, Ryan Luchetta got the home crowd going by draining a jumper from the top of the key. Cole Siegel then grabbed a rebound and made a nice pass to Luchetta, who earned an assist by setting up Cael Dexter for a basket underneath. Liam Murphy kicked off the second quarter by converting a thundering rebound into two points and then fed Liam McKiernan for a basket on a sweet give-and-go. Second-half highlights included Luke Ginsburg's pass to Cole Galante for a layup and Luke Perna's basket off a fastbreak. Jack Schwartz and Grady Kaliski led Wilton's defensive effort.
Boys 5th/6th Grade
Darien 30, Wilton 29 (OT)
It was a close game throughout, with the lead going back and forth. Starters Stefano Cross, Henry Soojian, Matthew Garcia, Dylan Gallo, and Max Totten played well for Wilton. Reserves Conor Toohill, Patrick Lillis, Mason Andrews, Liam Joy, Trevien Goldman, and Jake Brokaw battled defensively. Cross was a powerhouse for Wilton, while Garcia sent the team into overtime with a clutch basket. Soojian hit a three-pointer in overtime for the Warriors.
New Canaan 45, Wilton 28
Starters Henry Soojian, Matthew Garcia, Mason Andrews, Liam Joy, and Dylan Gallo battled hard for Wilton. Conor Toohill, Patrick Lillis, Max Totten, Trevien Goldman, and Jake Brokaw also played aggressively. Wilton got off to a rocky start, ending the first half with only five points (scored by Soojian, Gallo, and Lillis). Garcia led the second-half scoring with four baskets and and a three-pointer to finish with 11 points.