Wilton travel basketball scoreboard: Jan. 13-14

Wilton Basketball Association teams had the following results in travel action from Jan. 13-14:

Girls Travel

5th/6th grade

Wilton 30, Norwalk 27

After losing to a very tough New Fairfield team on Saturday, the Wilton girls fifth/sixth grade team bounced back with a big overtime win against Norwalk on Sunday. Down 14-7 at the half, the girls cranked up the defense in the second half, tying the game late and winning in overtime. The team was led by Addison Dobson with 10 points and several key rebounds. Other key contributors included Maddie Phelan with six points; Emma Kelly with six points; Mary Kate Doyle and Grace Guglielmo each with three points; and Riley Casey with two points. Caroline Luce provided key defense along with Kaitlyn Sullivan, Mallory Tomosuolo, Grace O’Connor and Teagan Stengrim, resulting in Norwalk turnovers which keyed the comeback.

6th grade

Newtown 30, Wilton 26

The Wilton sixth grade girls, sponsored by Servco Oil, lost a tough one to Newtown on Sunday afternoon at Middlebrook Gym. The game was back and forth in the first quarter, which ended with the Wilton girls holding a slim 7-6 lead. Wilton had trouble scoring in the second and third quarters and trailed 19-11 entering the fourth quarter. During a tense fourth quarter, they put together a furious rally to eventually take a one-point lead with a couple minutes left but came up just short in the end as Newtown hit their free throws and dealt the girls just their second loss of the season. Maddie Dineen (11 points, 4 assists) and Caroline Hage (10 points, 10 rebounds) led the scoring attack. Anisa Burrows (3 points, 8 rebounds), Ashley Masterson (2 points, 11 rebounds), Ella Mulfinger (3 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Lauren Moe (3 rebounds) dominated the paint area with their rebounding and defensive awareness, while Riley Fitzgerald, Marin Burke, Julie Colias and Molly Hancock played stifling defense and helped execute a press to perfection that helped get the girls back in the game in the final quarter.

7th grade

Wilton 58, Stamford 11

The Wilton seventh grade girls’ team, sponsored by Wilton Hardware, split a pair of games this weekend.

On Saturday, Wilton faced the Stamford Boys and Girls Club eighth grade team, and from the opening whistle showed their dominance. It was an all-around team effort, with each girl contributing on the boards. Kelly Holmgren (15 points) and Charlotte Casiraghi (9 points) led the offensive onslaught, while Ava Fasano, Anna Joy, Molly McLaughlin and Heather Plowright each had six points. The tenacious defense, anchored by Hannah Fitzgerald (4 rebounds and 4 steals), stifled Stamford’s opportunities.

West Haven 41, Wilton 36

In an exciting match on Sunday, West Haven narrowly handed Wilton a loss. Wilton showed their athleticism and determination, and stunned the sharp-shooting West Haven team by coming out strong and leading after the first quarter. But early fouls plagued the Warriors, allowing a disciplined West Haven team to lead by two at halftime. Wilton’s Holmgren again posted an impressive 15 points, with Lucy Corry adding five points including a well-timed 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to keep the score close. Kendall Scholz (4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Mary Scally (2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) displayed their defensive prowess and continuously frustrated the opponent. While Wilton lost the girls demonstrated their mettle and that the team can hold its own against even the toughest competitors.

Boys travel

5th grade

Westport 51, Wilton 34
Wilton 49, Weston 15

The Wilton fifth grade boys split their games last weekend. After a hard-fought game Wilton fell to Westport on Saturday. However, they bounced back in a big way Sunday with an explosive win over Weston. In a balanced scoring attack led by Luke Perna (10 points), Ryan Luchetta (10 points, 5 assist), Grady Kaliski (8 points), Liam Murphy (6 points, 2 rebounds) and Jack Schwartz (8 points, 3 assist), Wilton jumped out to a big halftime lead, 31-2, over Weston. Wilton kept the pressure on in second half with a swarming defense led by Luke Ginsburg (4 steals, 2 points), Matt Garcia (3 steals, 3 rebounds), Cael Dexter (5 rebounds, 2 points) and Liam McKiernan (3 rebounds, 2 points).

7th grade

Wilton 56, Westport 38

The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Hardware, played as consistent as it has all season, winning all three games over the weekend.

On Friday evening Wilton faced league opponent Westport PAL White. After a sluggish start Wilton really got things going midway through the first quarter and surged to a 36-­20 lead at the half. Bailey Finn (15 points) and Tommy McKiernan (11 points) led the Wilton offense, while Nicholas Walden (8 rebounds), Alexander Reyes (8 rebounds) and Andrew Roth (6 rebounds) controlled the offensive and defensive boards for the Wilton squad.

Wilton 55, Weston 36

Saturday’s game featured another league opponent in Weston Gold. Again, after a slow start Wilton really stepped up their level of play in a game that featured a balanced scoring attack, with every player tallying points in another double-­digit victory. Griffin Turner, Spencer Liston and Ryan Preisano all recorded multiple points, assists and rebounds.

Wilton 63, Redding-Easton 39

On Sunday Wilton played host to Redding-Easton in a non-­league game. In another balanced performance in which nearly every player was in the scoring column, Wilton got out to a fast start and never looked back. Wilton’s unselfish play featured some spectacular passes from point guards Tommy McKiernan and Tommy Walsh, while Jackson Duncan and Andrew Roth anchored a stout defense that held their opponent in check. Bailey Finn (20 points) and Tommy McKiernan (15 points) led the scoring with additional contributions from Nick Walden (10 points), Spencer Liston (6 points), Ryan Preisano (5 points), Tommy Walsh (2 points), Jackson Duncan (2 points), Griffin Turner (2 points) and Alexander Reyes (2 points).

7th/8th grade

Westport 49, Wilton 32

The Wilton 7/8th grade boys team, sponsored by Caraluzzi's, lost a tough-fought game on Sunday afternoon to the Westport Hawks. Wilton led after the first quarter, 8-7, with buckets by Conor Lillis (5 points), Dylan Smith (2 points), Tim Martin (4 points) and Connor Robertson (7 points). An even third quarter led by Harrison Lent (7 points), AJ Preisano (5 points), Sean Wiseman and Will Sullivan gave the team hope. Strong rebounding by Robertson, Lillis, Smith and Martin, along with tough defense by James Minnich, Colin Tsai and Jefferson Mitchell (2 points), kept the game close in the second half.

8th grade

Monroe 43, Wilton 41

The Wilton 8th grade boys, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, played two riveting games this weekend.

In Saturday’s game against the Monroe Panthers, Jack Lynch (4 rebounds, 1 steal) and Will Murphy (2 rebounds) contributed strong plays under the basket while Grant Masterson (1 point, 8 rebounds, 1 steal) and Zarius Eusebe (3 points, 3 steals, 1 assist) used their speed to convert defensive intensity into fastbreak opportunities for Connor Cummings (6 points, 12 rebounds) and Craig Hyzy (6 points, 3 rebounds). The pace picked up with the offensive presence of Kevin Hyzy (13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal) and Parker Woodring (12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Wilton had a one-point lead at the very end, when Monroe hie a three-point basket in the final seconds for the win.

Wilton 60, Redding-Easton 51

On Sunday, the Wilton boys played solid man-to-man defense and systematic offense against a very skilled opponent, Redding-Easton. Both centers, Max Andrews (9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) and Connor Cummings (4 points, 12 rebounds) outmatched their opponents in the interior. Another balanced efforts saw contributions from Jack Lynch (3 points, 3 rebounds), Will Murphy (2 rebounds) and Grant Masterson (7 rebounds, 1 steal). Parker Woodring (10 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds), Craig Hyzy (5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist) and Zarius Eusebe (6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist) put pressure on the ball, forcing turnovers that turned into transition baskets. However, it was Kevin Hyzy (23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals) who made clutch three-point shots at critical points in the fourth quarter to take the game into overtime, where Wilton emerged victorious.