Wilton travel basketball scoreboard: Dec. 15-17

Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in action from Dec. 15-17:

Girls travel

5th grade

Westport PAL 16, Wilton 15

On a snowy Friday night, Wilton squared off against the Westport PAL team. The game was tight from the first jump. Mia Somer lead the team with eight points for the night. Grace Costa, Julia Munrow and Sophie Mulfinger each posted two points. Strong ball-handling by Abbey Byrnes and Kaitlyn Zizzadoro, and strong rebounding and aggressive defense by Cosette Lepore, Annalise Lamanna, Abby Phelan and Grace Ratcliffe, all made for a great team effort.

6th grade

Wilton 40, Westport 17

Wilton’s stout defense led to easy baskets on the offensive end. Ashleigh Masterson (8 points), Anisa Burrows (8 points), and Molly Hancock (10 points) created multiple turnovers and opportunities for Wilton early in the game. Great rebounding by Ella Mulfinger (4 points), Caroline Hage (2 points) and Lauren Mo throughout the game kept Westport’s offensive opportunities to a minimum. Riley Fitzgerald (4 points) had numerous individual highlights setting herself and teammates up for scoring chances. Relentless defense continued through the second half as ball pressure by Marin Burke (2 points), Julie Colias and Maddie Dineen (2 points) led to steals and layups, thwarting any attempt by Westport to mount a comeback.

8th grade

Darien 34, Wilton 31

Wilton visited Darien on Saturday afternoon. Both teams struggled in the early going as Wilton had more steals than buckets. Darien wasn’t able to take advantage of Wilton’s early poor shooting, however, as Ellie Coffey and Grace Williams kept Darien on their heels with several steals apiece while Bela Andjelkovic patrolled the boards, gathering five rebounds. Meanwhile, Katie Umphred (6 points) shouldered most of the first-half scoring. Wilton’s offense started to click a bit more in the second half as Ellie Copley (9 points) and Catherine Dineen (5 points) went to the hoop, drawing several fouls. Leah Martins played a good, active all-around game, adding several steals and rebounds to her seven points. Every time it looked like Darien might pull away, Olivia Rossi and Erynn Floyd kept Wilton in the game with timely defensive stops and good, aggressive rebounding. Ultimately, Wilton’s turnovers and missed shots cost the lady Warriors the game as they came up just short.

Boys travel

4th grade

Wilton 13, Brookfield 12

On Saturday morning, the Future Warriors had their second win of the season over Brookfield, 13-12. A layup by Liam Joy to Max Totten put Wilton’s first points on the board. Multiple steals by Will Byrnes and Kieran Wiseman along with rebound after rebound by Curtis Jackson, Grant Stein and Wiseman kept the game moving. Charlie Calabrese and Joseph Aversano contributed high-pressure defense and hustle. Liam Joy, Blake Ongley and Craig O’Neill all contributed to the score. After trailing much of the game, the boys delivered in the last two minutes with a game-tying basket by Craig O’Neill, followed by his game-winning foul shot.

5th grade

New Rochelle 35, Wilton 33

St. Theresa’s 24, Wilton 11

Madison 45, Wilton 23

Despite spirited effort, Wilton had an ultimately disappointing weekend, dropping three hard-fought games against tough squads from New Rochelle, St. Theresa’s and Madison.

The first game saw an aggressive New Rochelle team drive the often ragged action, pressing their way to a 35-33 win. Ryan Luchetta was on fire for Wilton throughout, scoring 15 points including four 3-pointers. Luke Purna (4 points), Liam Murphy (2 points), Liam McKiernan (4 points), Grady Kaliski (3 points), Jack Schwartz (2 points) and Matt Garcia (2 points) rounded out the scoring. Cole Siegel led the way on the boards with eight big rebounds, and Schwartz was tenacious on defense, recording four steals and winning several on-the-floor scrambles.

The second game saw the Warriors fall 24-11 in a defensive battle against a talented St. Theresa’s team at the Southern Connecticut Holliday Tournament in Trumbull. Kaliski (4 points), Luke Ginsburg (2 points), McKiernan (2 points), Schwartz (2 points) and Cael Dexter (1 point) led the scoring, with Ginsburg (6 rebounds), Murphy (3 rebounds) and Siegel (3 rebounds) cleaning up the boards.

Wilton finished out the weekend by dropping another tough one in Madison, 45-23. Luchetta, Garcia and Perna fed a balanced scoring effort by Murphy (6 points), Schwartz (6 points), McKiernan (4 points), Ginsburg (3 points), Kaliski (3 points), and Dexter (1 point), keeping it close for much of the game. Though despite a strong effort on the boards, led by Murphy’s five rebounds, and scrambling defense, including four steals by Ginsburg, in the end Wilton simply couldn’t contain a sharp-shooting Madison juggernaut.

5th/6th grade

New Canaan 38, Wilton 14

Wilton traveled to New Canaan to play the New Canaan 6B Team for the second time in a week. Patrick Heffernan scored the first basket for Wilton and later added three more (2 rebounds, 1 steal). Declan Brokaw was strong in center with five rebounds and three steals. Tucker Farrell scored two points and had a steal. Will Fisher added four rebounds and a steal. Luke DiRocco scored once in the first quarter and again in the third, just beating the buzzer (2 rebounds, 2 steals). Stefano Cross was a consistent force adding three steals and two rebounds. Justin Kammerman played a strong defensive game, adding three rebounds and two steals. Mason Andrews had two rebounds and Brody Hess had one rebound and two steals. Henry Soojian hustled throughout the game (2 rebounds, 1 steal) and center Jack Williams had two rebounds and one steal.

7th/8th grade

Wilton 40, Weston 36

Darien 56, Wilton 26

Wilton played two games over the weekend. On Saturday, the boys played a tough Weston team. AJ Preisano (12 points) started the action with an impressive 3-pointer. Jefferson Mitchell (2 points) Dylan Smith(2 points) and Will Sullivan (3 points) did a great job defensively. James Minnich (2 points) sunk two free throws securing Wilton’s 20-16 lead at the half. The second half proved to be a nailbiter when the Weston team hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 32-32. In an exciting overtime, kept Dillon Mannix (9 points) and Tim Martin (5 points) focused, and a free throw by Harrison Lent (3 points) helped secure the win.

On Sunday, the boys played a tough non-league game against Darien. Despite aggressive rebounding by Connor Robertson and good ball movement by Colin Tsai, they were unable to secure a win.

7th grade

Westport 65, Wilton 43

Wilton traveled to face Westport PAL last Friday night in what would be the first of four games which ultimately had Wilton going 2-2 for the weekend. Westport opened hot with a flurry of 3-pointers. Wilton responded with scrappy play Bailey Finn (14 points, 3 blocks), Alexander Rayes (4 points, 3 blocks) and Tommy McKiernan (9 points, 3 steals). Strong defense by Nicholas Walden (4 points, 4 boards), Andrew Roth, Ryan Preisano and Griffin Turner kept things close with a halftime lead for Westport of 30-24. Unfortunately the third quarter saw Westport go on a 22-6 run to expand the lead. A good Wilton run in the fourth, including Jackson Duncan (6 points, 3 boards) going perfect from the free-throw line, and Tommy Walsh and Spencer Liston adding two points and two assists each was not enough to overcome a tough Westport squad as Wilton suffered its first loss of the season.
Wilton 52, Newtown 45

Up next was a tough Newtown team  on Saturday  which resulted in a very entertaining game. The teams were evenly matched and it was close throughout. Wilton scoring was led by McKiernan (20 points, 5 steals and 4 boards), Finn (16 points, 6 boards) and Walden (11 points, 7 boards). The action was hot in the second half with Wilton falling behind only to regroup on strong defense by Turner (5 boards), Walsh and Duncan.  Preisano added two points and Liston had five assists in the 52-45 win for Wilton, which improved its overall season record to 6-1.
Wilton 61, Stamford 37

Sunday  included two games, the first an away game against Stamford JCC. This was a sprint from the start with a very athletic opponent.  The Wilton boys were forced to run the floor at a blistering pace. Bailey Finn had a dominating performance (21 points, 11 boards, 3 blocks) and McKiernan was in the zone (16 points). Ultimately the dogged defense of Wilton led by Liston (4 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Reyes (6 points, 3 steals), Walden (3 points, 2 assists, 3 boards)  and Duncan (4 points, 2 steals and 3 boards) proved too much for Stamford.  Andrew Roth (5 points, 2 assists) hit a 3-pointer at the end to ice the game.
Greenwich 45, Wilton 41

The final game of the weekend saw Wilton facing Greenwich at home. With Wilton running on fumes, they came out flat and fell behind early. Wilton fought back with impressive scoring by McKiernan (19 points), Finn (6 points, 9 boards), Walsh (6 points) and Walden (4 points, 10 boards). In the second half, Wilton managed to take the lead briefly, only to fall behind again for a loss.

8th grade

Wilton 73, West Hartford 50

Wilton started off its weekend with a Saturday game in Wilton versus the West Hartford Huskies. Wilton got a good full team effort with everyone playing good defense and demonstrating unselfish passing. The Hyzy brothers participated in the scoring and they also had a good number of assists and rebounds, with Kevin racking up six points, five assists, four steals and five rebounds and brother Craig scoring 13 points in addition to an assist and a steal. Zarius Eusebe (2 assists, 1 steal, 1 rebound) and Max Silva (11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal) showed a lot of poise in the first half bringing the ball down the court against a tough defense. Parker Woodring (7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal) and Wil Murphy (2 points, 4 rebounds) also contributed to some good ball handling which helped Wilton to end the first half with a 33-14 lead. In the second half Jack Lynch (10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal) and Grant Masterson (2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal) helped to contribute to the scoring and played tough defense against a tall opponent. Connor Cumming (8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist) and Max Andrews (11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal) alternated playing center against some tall forwards and their work on the boards helped to secure possession for Wilton.
Fairfield 60, Wilton 54

In the second game of the weekend the Warriors faced the Fairfield Fierce in Fairfield on Sunday. This was likely the toughest team Wilton has faced so far in this young season. It was an impressive effort as Wilton held onto a small lead for much of the first half A hot three-point shooter for Fairfield proved to be Wilton’s downfall in the second half. Connor Cumming was the lead scorer in this game (13 points, 4 rebounds) and he and Max Andrews (10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals) alternated at center but also saw some time on the court together in the second half. Parker Woodring (6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound), Max Silva (1 rebound, 1 assist) and Wil Murphy (1 steal, 1 assist, 1 rebound) did an excellent job of running the floor and getting the ball down the court quickly. Zarius Eusebe (1 assist, 1 rebound), Grant Masterson (2 points, 1 assist) and Jack Lynch (2 points, 2 rebounds) played some high-intensity defense and helped to prevent Fairfield from making many outside shots in the first half. The first half ended with Wilton up 26-23. Craig Hyzy (12 points) and Kevin Hyzy (7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist) showed some excellent shooting, with both putting in at least one 3-pointer for the second game in a row. Wilton’s outside shooting cooled off in the second half just as one of Fairfield’s three-point shooters got hot and Wilton could not regain the lead.