Wilton travel basketball scoreboard

Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in recent action:

Girls Travel

Grades 5/6

Wilton drops three

Wilton playing games Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, the locals lost a 28-27 overtime heartbreaker to New Milford. Aly Rappaport lead the scoring with 13 points including a miraculous half-court 3-pointer to end the game. Maddie Phelan provided fantastic defense and Avery Shestag dominated the boards. The Warriors lost Avery Samai to injury early in the game.

Saturday brought another road tilt against Weston. The played girls played hard but lost. Georgia Russnock, Madison Ratcliffe and Anie Savarese provided some scoring punch, while Anna Joy provided great spark by adding points, steals and assists to the Wilton column.

Sunday brought a home battle against Norwalk. Mary Kate Doyle did a great job distributing the ball while Harper Judelson was a force on the offensive glass. Hannah Fitzgerald and Ella Mulfinger provided some key scoring to keep the locals in the game until the end.

Fifth grade

Wilton 28, St. Mary’s 7

The Wilton girls, sponsored by Wilton Sports Shop, won their first league game last weekend over St Mary’s of Ridgefield, 28-7. The girls played as a true team and moved the ball around looking for the best opportunity to score and working together on defense. Wilton started strong in the first quarter scoring 10 points and never relinquished the lead. Wilton’s stifling defense set the tone for the game, especially the efforts of Riley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Sullivan, and Molly Hancock.

Lauren Moe lead the team with five rebounds while Anisa Burrows led the team in scoring with 12 points, three steals, and one rebound. Ashleigh Masterson led the team in both steals (5) and blocks (3). She also scored six points and pushed the pace of the team up and down the court. Marin Burke, Siena McDermott, Caroline Hage and Maddie Dineen all scored a basket as Wilton remains undefeated.

Sixth grade

Wilton 21, Norwalk 19

Darien 22, Wilton 20

Wilton ended the weekend on a high note with a 21-19 win against Norwalk on Sunday night. On Saturday, the girls lost to Darien, 22-20. In both games, the score was always tight and the winner was determined in the final seconds.

The girls were able to get into their groove, not only thanks to the music during the warmup, but also due to Mary Scally (13 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds) handling the pressure of the clock and scoring at key moments. On Sunday, she hit the winning shot, assisted by Molly Snow (4 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound) with seconds left in the game.

Kelly Holmgren (6 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds) and Ava Fasano (10 points, 2 steal, 6 rebounds) outplayed their opponents many times and were exceptionally strong in both games on both sides of the court with assists, steals, and rebounds. Fasano and Holmgren each had a 3-point shot. Charlotte Casiraghi (2 points, 1 steal, 1 rebound), Heather Plowright (4 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds) and Lucy Cory (6 points, 1 assist) were steady on the court and helped keep Wilton in the games.

Kendall Scholz (2 rebounds) continued to be strong under the board. Emerson Pattillo’s hustle and strong play by Sawyer Prendergast (3 steals, 1 rebound) helped direct the offense in the game on Sunday. All the girls had excellent ball handling and their amazing, tough defense helped them shine in both games this weekend.

Seventh grade

Fairfield 30, Wilton 26

Wilton 31, St. Mary’s 9

The Wilton girls, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, played two games over the weekend. The first game was a friendly in which Wilton narrowly lost to Fairfield Mercury, 30-26. Wilton took an early lead and then Fairfield came back strong to end the first half in the lead. Wilton pushed them all the way through with strong shots from Ellie Coffey (2 points) during the second half but could not regain the lead. All the Wilton players played excellent and everyone scored points.

On Sunday Wilton played its first league game against St Mary’s from Ridgefield. Wilton started very strong with and took a commanding 10-2 lead in the first quarter with early baskets from Grace Williams (12 points) and Katie Umphred (8 points). Both girls were assisted by Gracie Kaplan (2 points) and Catherine Dineen (3 points). Wilton’s Leah Martins (7 points) and Ellie Copley (16 points) added to the score in the second quarter, making it 24-6 at halftime.

With some great rebounds from Bella Andjelkovic (4 points) and quick defense from Amelia Highes (2 points), the score was extended to 25-8. In the final quarter Erynn Floyd (1 point) was aggressive getting to every jump ball and all the Wilton players contributed to the final score 31-9

Eighth grade

Wilton 44, Weston 14

Wilton 40, Fairfield 33

Wilton won two games over the weekend, defeating Weston 44-14 on Saturday and following that up on Sunday with a hard-fought 40-33 win over Fairfield.

Saturday’s balanced scoring was led by Christina O’Sullivan with eight points and six each by Fiona O’Brien, Riley Eaton, Mary Grace DelliSanti and Lily Umphred. Weston had trouble with Wilton’s defense led by Callie Judelson on the inside and Alexis Castaldi on the perimeter.

Sunday’s win was largely attributable to the play of Umphred, who scored on an array of inside moves in scoring 13 points. Timely rebounds by Judelson, Eaton and Grace Cahill and passes by O’Brien and DelliSanti led to key baskets by Caitlin Greeff (10 points), O’Sullivan (9 points) and Meghan Koziolowsky (6 points) as Wilton pulled away in the second half.

Boys Travel

Fourth grade

Wilton 34, Weston 24

The Future Warriors team, sponsored by Diamond Deli, opened the season on Saturday, with a 34-24 win over Weston. Scoring was led by Grady Kalisky (10 points), Matt Garcia (8 points) and Nathaniel Kalter (6 points). Luke Ginsburg dished out five assists and controlled the boards with nine rebounds. Jack Schwartz, Liam McKiernan and Grady Kalisky proved to be stalwart defenders, each grabbing four steals. Schwartz also added four rebounds and McKiernan had six boards to go along with his monster block. Expert ball-handling skills were provided by Luke Perna, who controlled the offense and had two assists to go along with four points and three rebounds.
Greenwich 28, Wilton 18

Wilto lost to a very tough Greenwich Stars team on Sunday. The boys moved the ball well against an aggressive Greenwich defense, allowing them to get open scoring opportunities. The team was led in scoring by Ryan Luchetta, Liam Murphy, Andrew Mason and Henry Soojian. The Warriors were extremely aggressive on the boards, led by Luke Ginsburg, Patrick Lillis and Charlie Keller.

Grades 5/6

Wilton 30, Darien 24

On Saturday, the Wilton 56ers picked up their second win of the season with a 30-24 victory at Darien. Wilton was led by Bailey Finn’s 11 points and 16 rebounds. The first half featured lots of high-pressure defense from both teams with Wilton’s Michael Byrnes, Wyatt Jones and Andrew Roth pressuring the Darien guards into multiple turnovers. Spencer Liston tied the game at 10 midway through the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the wing off a well-designed inbounds play. Kyle Roesser and Jefferson Mitchell both provided great defense on the interior for the Warriors, with Mitchell collecting two big first-half steals that kept the Darien lead to only two at halftime, 16-14.

In the second half, the Warriors continued to turn up the defensive pressure, trapping the ball all over the court. Harrison Lent, Colin Tsai, Michael Wall and Andre Wiest (9 rebounds) continued to apply defensive pressure and share the ball on offense leading to a big 3-pointer from Tsai to tie the game at 18 with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Wilton defense really clamped down in the fourth quarter after a Bailey Finn layup tied the game at 23 with seven minutes left. The Warriors would not look back, outscoring Darien 7-1 the rest of the way. Declan Brokaw hit a big 3-pointer in the corner with 2:45 left to give the Warriors a four-point lead. Spencer Liston iced the game with an important steal with 21 seconds left.

Sixth grade

Wilton 43, Orange 26

Wilton, sponsored by Wilton Deli, played its first league game Sunday against the Wolverines from Orange. From the opening tip, Wilton played an aggressive zone defense and jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. Tommy Walsh and Will Sullivan had key steals leading to fast break scores by Ryan Presiano and Tommy McKiernan. A well-balanced offense had the Warriors leading 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. Interior defense led by Nicholas Walsh, Jackson Duncan, Griffin Turner and Alexander Reyes kept the ball out of the paint and stymied the Orange’s big men. Timely 3-pointers in the third quarter by Peter Grandolfo and James Minnich kept the competitors guessing about who to guard. The final score was great sign of a well coached team, with balanced defense and offense.
New Canaan 63, Wilton 49

The Warriors traveled to New Canaan on Friday to play a non-league game. Wilton got off to an aggressive start with good scoring opportunities, but trailed most of the first half. Defensive intensity increased in the second half, bringing the Warriors within six points. Unfortunately, the Warriors ran out of time to complete the comeback. Leading scorers for the Warriors were Jackson Duncan with 16 points and Alexander Reyes with 14 points.

Seventh grade

Wilton 50, Norwalk 38

Wakeman 52, Wilton 34

Wilton, sponsored by Servco-Oil, went 1-1 over the weekend. Saturday’s game against a perennially tough United Youth Norwalk saw the Warriors down by seven points in the second quarter. A 14-point run led by Craig Hyzy (18 points) and Max Andrews (14 points) with assists from Dillon Mannix got the Warrior’s up 25-18 at the half. Connor Cummings (6 points) provided the rebounding and Zarius Eusebe (4 points) supplied the ball carrying that sealed the deal for Wilton’s 50-38 win.

Sunday was a tougher match for the boys against Wakeman-Fairfield. Parker Woodring (15 points) led the Warrior offense and kept them in the game despite being down 23-13 at the half. Sean Wiseman provided aggressive defense and smart offensive movement. A late scoring drive in the fourth quarter led by top shooters Matthew Giller and Kevin Hyzy was not enough to cut the lead and the Warriors dropped their first game of the season.

Grades 7/8

Wilton 48, New Canaan 35

Wilton, sponsored by Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc., split two games over the weekend, falling to Darien on Saturday but defeating New Canaan on Sunday.

In Sunday’s game at home, the Warriors were led by Jimmy McKiernan’s spot-on passing (3 points, 4 assists). Jermaine Vincent led the team in both steals and points (11 points, 5 steals). The Warriors started strong and were up 10-6 in the first quarter. John McMahon played well with solid rebounding (6 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds). During the second quarter, Davis Cote (6 points, 2 blocks) had two monster blocks that led to easy layups. Sam Strazza made two consecutive buckets to extend the Warriors lead. In the final seconds of the second quarter, Jack Lynch made a layup to expand the Warriors lead to nine, 19-10.

The Warriors really started to play after the half. Ben Wiener ran the court well and led the team. EJ Fasano hustled to intercept the ball and made a pinpoint pass to Vincent. After that bucket, the Warriors gained momentum and entered the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead. AJ Preisano successfully stole the ball from New Canaan and passed it to Howie Long (6 points, 4 rebounds), who cleaned up after missed shots and put the ball back up. John Stanley and Dylan Smith caused havoc on the New Canaan offense with lock-down defense.

Eighth grade

Wilton 40, Stamford 30

Wilton, sponsored by Tavern on 7, won a pair of league games this weekend. Wilton is now 5-0 and 2-0 in league games.

On Saturday Wilton defeated Stamford Boys & Girls Club, 40-30. Wilton dominated the fourth quarter, scoring the game’s final 12 points to secure the victory. Matt Gulbin led the scoring with 15 points, including seven from the free throw line. Owen Lillis scored 10 points, highlighted by two 3-pointers and a driving lay-up late in the game. Michael Coffey was efficient from the free throw line, making 5 of 6, and finishing with seven points. Alex Cocoros contributed six points on two buckets from downtown. Matt Murphy had eight rebounds.

Wilton 55, Fairfield PAL 39

On Sunday Wilton exploded out of the gate in defeating Fairfield PAL, 55-39. Mack Kepner (11 points), Josh White (11 points), and Trevor Martines (10 points) sparked the offense by driving the ball to the basket. Matt Murphy also got into the driving action with a strong move down the lane for two of his nine points. Owen Lillis again hit a couple of 3-pointers in scoring eight points. Sean Sullivan and Chase Autore both played selfless games, leading the team in assists.