Wilton travel basketball scoreboard

Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in action from the weekend of Dec. 9-10:

Girls travel

5th/6th grade

St. Mary’s 21, Wilton 19

Monroe 20, Wilton 16 (OT)

Wilton came up short this weekend in two hard-fought contests against St. Mary’s of Ridgefield and the Monroe Red Storm.

Saturday’s contest was a close two-point game where the girls came up short 21-19. Scoring was led by Sullivan (5), Kelly (4), O’Connor (4), Dobson (2), Doyle (2), and Luce (2).

Sunday’s game against Monroe was the real thriller, with girls losing in triple overtime, 20-16. Sullivan pushed the game into overtime with a free throw sunk with two-tenths of a second left. Close to 25 jump balls were called during the game. Scoring was led by O’Connor (4), Dobson (2), Doyle (2), Guglielmo (2), Kelly (2), Luce (2), and Sullivan (2).

6th grade

Wilton 50, Stamford Young Timers 22

Wilton 28, Trumbull Travel 13

The Wilton sixth grade girls team, who were the FCBL Champions last season, started off this basketball season on a bit of a shaky ground, falling to the East Hartford 5/6 team last weekend. However, the team quickly recovered and on Friday evening buckled down on defense and offense to beat the Stamford Young Timers 50-22 on their home court.

Wilton continued its winning streak on Sunday as it took on the Trumbull sixth grade team, defeating them by 15 points with a final score of 30-15.

Anisa Burrows and Ashleigh Masterson led the Wilton Warriors in scoring in the combined games with 22 points each. Madeline Dineen was the lead scorer in Sunday’s game with eight points, as the rest of the team all scored to balance out the points in both wins.

Marin Burke, Julie Collias, Riley Fitzgerald, Caroline Hage, Molly Hancock, Lauren Moe and Ella Mulfinger all played tenacious defense and worked hard to ensure their team’s success.

Boys travel

5th grade

Wilton 47, YMT United 38 (OT)

The Wilton fifth grade boys pulled out a 47-38 win over TMT United on Sunday in overtime. Cole Siegel got the offense started early with four quick points for the team. Jack Schwartz led the team with 13 points, with seven of his points coming from the free throw line in what turned out to be a very physical game. The boys spent a lot of time at the foul line with Cael Dexter, Matthew Garcia, Luke Ginsburg, Grady Kaliski, Liam Murphy, and Luke Perna all picking up points from the charity stripe off of aggressive offensive moves. Ryan Luchetta was a force on the defensive boards all day while Liam McKiernan handled the offensive in overtime, scoring four points in the extra period. It was a great overall team effort.

6th grade

Wilton 37, Westport 26

Wilton used amazing teamwork to defeat Westport PAL last weekend 37-26. The aggressive play by Anderson Campbell (nine points), Max Jarvie (eight points) and Todd Woodring (six points) keyed the offense. All three also overpowered the opposition under the rim with several rebounds. Kyle Roesser had nine rebounds and four points, and Peter Reyes and Luke Umphred had very strong games under the basket with five rebounds each. Jack Minnich made key plays for Wilton including sinking a shot from the 3-point line and blocking an opponent’s shot. Wyatt Jones guided the offense well with five assists. He and Levi Kaplan stunned Westport with three steals each. Henry Roy also had a strong presence on the court with four points and four rebounds, and he used his lightning speed to steal the ball an impressive nine times.

5th/6th grade

Greenwich 32, Wilton 16

On Saturday morning the Wilton Warrior 5/6th grade boys basketball team played in a tough double-header, facing off against the Greenwich Stars at Carmel Academy and then back at Middlebrook to face New Canaan.

In the game against Greenwich, the Warriors got off to a good start thanks to their high-pressure defense and hustle. Leading the way at the top of the press were Brody Hess, Cole Galante, Patrick Heffernan, Will Fisher, Tucker Farrell and Luke DiRocco. While the Warrior defense was creating havoc for Greenwich, the offense had a tough time getting on track as a number of open shots just would not fall for the Warriors. Despite only giving up 14 points in the first half, the Warriors trailed 14-10. In the second half the Greenwich team made some quick adjustments and scored the first six points of the third quarter to push the lead to 20-10 with 11:30 left to go in the game. The Warriors continued to scrap and fight as Henry Soon, Jack Williams, Justin Kammerman, Mason Andrews and Declan Brokaw played tough interior defense. In the end, Greenwich was just too much for the Warriors and won the game 32-16.

New Canaan 39, Wilton 13

In the second game of the day back at Middlebrook, the Warriors hosted New Canaan.

The Warriors started off strong on a beautiful back-door cut and layup by Luke DiRocco. But, once again the Warriors had a tough time putting the ball in the hoop, trailing New Canaan 8-2 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter Will Fischer had a great steal and layup, followed by a baseline jumper from Cole Galante and lefty lay-in by Declan Brokaw to cut the lead to 16-8 with three minutes to go in the half. New Canaan found its groove with a series of great passes to take a 22-8 lead before another Warrior basket by Brody Hess. The undersized Warriors continued to play scrappy and battle on every possession, led by Jack Williams, Mason Andrews, Patrick Heffernan, Henry Soojin and Stefano Cross. But the hustle was not enough to slow New Canaan down as they went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter. Gritty play from point guards Tucker Farrell and Will Fischer and solid wing play by Justin Kammerman lead to the three points for the Warriors in the fourth quarter.

7th grade

Wilton 46, Fairfield 44

In the first game of the weekend, Wilton faced off against a strong Fairfield team. Wilton maintained a several-point lead most of the game until Fairfield rallied and eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter. Offensively Tommy McKiernan was going at Fairfield from all directions, inside/outside and on defense. He finished with four steals and 22 points, including a three-point play midway through the fourth quarter. Bailey Finn was a force in the paint with two blocks, nine rebounds and four of his seven points in the fourth quarter. Alexander Reyes (5 rebounds), Nick Walden (5 rebounds) and Jackson Duncan (3 rebounds) cleared the boards. Tommy Walsh, Duncan, Andrew Roth and Reyes each added field goals. Ryan Preisano chased down four rebounds and scored five points. Spencer Liston had three critical assists and three steals as he along with Roth, McKiernan and Griffin Turner hounded Fairfield on defense the entire game. The boys delivered in the last two minutes. There were clutch free throws by McKiernan and Walden, and Finn thwarted two drives to the basket by Fairfield and a power move in the post for a field goal. Some good play calling by coach Kevin Hand and strong perimeter defense sealed the 46-44 victory in the waning seconds.
Wilton 71, Redding-Easton 53

In their second game of the day, the Wilton boys took a quick 11-2 lead but the Redding-Easton team kept fighting back throughout the game. They had no answers for Finn though, as he filled the stat sheet with 25 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks, two assists and a steal. The strong inside presence of Finn, Reyes and Walden opened up the perimeter for 3-pointers from Preisano and Roth, who finished with eight and six points, respectively. Reyes seemed to be in the right places at the right times on offense and defense to finish with 15 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Turner also did a bit of everything, adding a few rebounds, one assist, a point, a steal and a blocked shot. Duncan and Walden were energizers on defense, with Duncan adding five points and Walden securing five rebounds. McKiernan distributed four assists and added six points, three rebounds, three steals and a couple of blocks. Walsh and Liston were pests on defense, but Liston was cool from the free-throw line as he finished with seven points and Walsh finished with two.

7th/8th grade

Wilton 45, New Canaan 41

The Wilton 7/8 boys once again faced their rival, the New Canaan eighth grade boys team, beating them for the second time. Wilton led each quarter, with the first quarter leading 16-14; the second quarter leading 28-24; third quarter leading 40-28 and a nail-biting final score of 45-41. AJ Preisano led the team in points hitting four 3-pointers, two short jumpers and two free throws for a total of 18 points. The Wilton team had a combined seven 3-pointers scored by Dillon Mannix, Will Sullivan, Jefferson Mitchell and AJ Preisano.

Free throws helped win the game, with Wilton in the bonus and New Canaan trying to stop the clock by committing fouls. Dillon Mannix, Colin Tsai, AJ Preisano and Connor Robertson all made their free-throw attempts with a combined 10 points on free throws. James Minnich, Harrison Lent, Connor Lillis and Sean Wiseman created plays, had great ball movement and attacked the basket on the outside, while Tim Martin and Dylan Smith dominated the inside.

8th grade

Wilton 53, Norwalk United 49

The Wilton eighth grade boys team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, won its first game of the season Sunday, defeating Norwalk United 53-49. Norwalk got off to an eight-point halftime lead but in the second half Wilton stormed back, led by Connor Cummings and Max Andrews, who attacked the glass, played solid defense and scored 10 points each.

The comeback was also aided by the clutch offense of Craig Hyzy (10 points) and Parker Woodring (6 points) and the solid all-around game of Kevin Hyzy (6 points), who added some big rebounds to help seal game. Wilton got some big stops in this close contest as Zarius Eusube (2 points)was all over the place creating chaos for Norwalk’s guards, while Grant Masterson (2 points) and William Murphy did a great job on boards against Norwalk’s big front court.