Wilton youth basketball scoreboard

Games recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel basketball teams.

Boys Travel

8th grade

The Wilton eighth grade boys team, sponsored by Pain & Spine Specialists of Connecticut, LLC, dropped three-hard fought contests last weekend.
Ridgefield 45, Wilton 34
After going down early to a tough Ridgefield squad, Wilton fought hard throughout, led by Tucker Walden's 14 points. Adding to the offensive charge were Drew Phillips (seven points, four rebounds, three steals), Noah Levi (four points, three boards), and Andrew Smith (three points). Kyle Hyzy, John Walsh and Parker Ward contributed with two points apiece.
New Canaan Black 46, Wilton 32
Wilton came out strong against rival New Canaan, taking a lead late in the first quarter on a layup by Parker Ward (five points) and a quick feed from Drew Phillips to Walsh (eight points) underneath, putting Wilton ahead, 17-11. Andrew Smith spearheaded the offense with seven first-quarter points. Noah Levi was a force for Wilton on the boards (five rebounds, two points) and Phillips (eight points) grabbed four boards and had three assists. Wilton fell behind 23-19 at the half, then clawed back from an 11-point deficit to cut the lead to five with three minutes left in the third quarter, due in large part to tenacious defensive pressure from Reilly Sullivan, who forced multiple turnovers.
Danbury PAL 43, Wilton 34
Danbury battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first quarter to tie the score at 23-23 going into halftime and then used a strong fourth-quarter run to close out the game. Wilton worked hard on the glass against a big Danbury squad, highlighted by five boards apiece from Patrick Cummins (four points), Kyle Hyzy (three points) and John Walsh (six points), as well as four and three rebounds, respectively, from Drew Phillips and Tucker Walden. Noah Levi and Lewis Cropper provided defensive intensity throughout the game, with Levi altering multiple shots down low and Cropper, Andrew Smith (four points, four steals), Parker Ward and Walden (four points) harassing Danbury's guards. Phillips led Wilton with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

7th grade

Wilton 64, Norwalk Youth 42
The Wilton seventh grade boys team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, opened FCBL league play with a pair of impressive wins.

Wilton took an immediate 8-0 lead over Norwalk Youth and never looked back. Wilton was led by Kyle Burns (15 points, three three-pointers), Matt Murphy (12 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots), Matt Gulbin (11 points, nine rebounds), Jimmy McKiernan (11 points), and Trevor Martines (nine points, three assists). Mack Kepner (two points) played shut-down defense on Norwalk’s top guard, and Alex Cocoros (two points, four rebounds) was key to passing the ball to the interior.
Wilton 68, Greenwich Flame Red 40
Wilton defeated the Greenwich Flame Red on Sunday. Burns led the scoring with 22 points and Owen Lillis provided a spark with 10 points. Michael Coffey scored six points and had six rebounds, while Chase Autore (three points) provided much-needed defensive intensity. Wilton is now 2-0 in league play and 9-1 overall.

6th grade

Wilton 72, Wilson-Gray (Hartford) 42
The Wilton sixth grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza Wilton, defeated Wilson-Gray of Hartford at Middlebrook on Saturday morning. Wilton built a substantial early lead, going ahead by as many as 14 points in the first quarter behind the strong offense of Zarius Eusebe (11 points, two steals, three assists), Max Andrews (nine points, one steal, two assists, five rebounds), Parker Woodring (eight points, two steals, two assists, three rebounds) and Matt Giller (10 points, two steals).

Bolstered by some late-arriving players, Wilson-Gray closed to within 10 points at halftime. But in the final two quarters, Craig Hyzy (nine points, one steal, one rebound, one assist), Kevin Hyzy (nine points, one rebound, one steal, four assists) and Dillon Mannix (six points, one steal, two assists) added more offense to keep Wilton moving forward.

Jack Lynch (four points, one steal, five rebounds) and Grant Masterson (four points, one steal, three rebounds) played aggressively in the paint and helped to muscle out some rebounds and points. Max Silva (two points, two rebounds, two assists) also had a good game, helping to get the ball down the court against one of the toughest defenses Wilton has faced this season.
Danbury 38, Wilton 30
In Wilton’s second game of the weekend, it defeated the Danbury Suns in Danbury.  This was a tough game, with Jack Lynch, Max Andrews and Grant Masterson each grabbing three rebounds while battling in the paint against the physical Danbury forwards.

Zarius Eusebe led Wilton’s scoring attack with nine points and added three assists and three steals. Kevin Hyzy had six points with two assists, two rebounds and one steal, while brother Craig Hyzy also had a couple of steals and showed some gritty play. Parker Woodring and Max Silva also contributed with some good ball-handling against a tough defense. Woodring ended with five points and two rebounds, while Max Andrews had four points and a steal. Dillon Mannix and Matt Giller rounded out the scoring with four and two points, respectively.

5th/6th grade

New Canaan Black tops Wilton
Sponsored by Tavern on 7, the Wilton fifth/sixth grade boys team faced New Canaan Black at Saxe Middle School on Saturday. The first basket was sunk by Conner Cummings, who followed with two more, along with Andrew Zizzadoro hitting a three-pointer. Despite a basket by A.J. Presiano and some good defense by Dylan Smith, Wilton trailed going into the second half.

The second half started with a good possession and a score by Shane Taubin. There was some strong board work from Ethan Jackson and Jimmy Luce as the battle raged on underneath. Colin Tsai drew a foul and hit two free throws. Guards Connor Lillis, James Minnich, Jefferson Mitchell and Sean Wiseman supplied strong back-court pressure and defense, but that wasn’t enough to topple a tough opponent.
First triumph for Wilton
Wilton got its first win of the season on Sunday, beating the Bridgeport YMCA, 47-36. The Warriors led 19-18 at halftime and pulled away in the second half to win by 11 points. Bridgeport’s perimeter shooting kept it in the game for the first 20 minutes, but Wilton’s presence in the paint was too much for Bridgeport to overcome.

Led by Connor Cummings (20 points, 18 rebounds, one block), Connor Lillis (six points, two assists, one steal, five rebounds, one block), Dylan Smith (four points, one steal, seven rebounds, two blocks) and Shane Taubin (four points, one steal), the Warriors showed a great team effort throughout.

Jimmy Luce, Andrew Zizzadoro, Sean Wiseman and A.J. Preisano led a solid defensive effort, combining for six steals and 16 rebounds. There were also strong efforts from Ethan Jackson, Colin Tsai, Jefferson Mitchell and James Minnich in key situations on both offense and defense that helped keep Bridgeport at bay.

5th grade

Two losses for Wilton
The Wilton fifth grade boys travel team, sponsored by Abercrombie Burns McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc., lost to Danbury (38-35) and New Canaan (48-29) in two hard-fought away games last weekend.

Against Danbury, Tommy McKiernan, Jackson Duncan, Spencer Liston and Griffin Turner put points on the board for Wilton, with Tommy Walsh and Ryan Preisano adding three-pointers to help Wilton lead by 15 points at the half. Andre Wiest, Will Sullivan, Peter Grandolfo and Alexander Reyes played admirable defense, but Danbury was able to pull ahead in the final 10 seconds.

Wilton put forth a respectable effort against New Canaan the following day, with scoring from Wiest, Liston, Grandolfo, Reyes, McKiernan, Preisano, and Duncan, while Turner, Sullivan and Walsh worked hard on defense.

Girls Travel

8th grade

Split for Wilton
The Wilton eighth grade girls had mixed results last weekend, losing a close contest to Shelton on Saturday while defeating Westport in a non-conference game on Sunday. Paula Perez controlled the ball and Zoe Rappaport and Nancy Lynch successfully worked their patterns. Sophie Sudono's speed continued to frustrate opponents, while Francesca Goncalves and Zara Wiest provided defense inside and points in the paint. Fiona O'Brien was key in transition, and Caitlin Greer and Grace Cahill provided intensity at mid-court, resulting in steals.

7th grade

New Canaan tops Wilton
The Wilton girls seventh grade team, sponsored by Joyride, played a non-league game on Saturday against New Canaan. Wilton came out strong and ready to play, with Callie Judelson (four points) and Lily Umphred (four points) getting Wilton on the board early. A smooth assist by Marygrace DelliSanti ( six points) to Mairead Kehoe (four points) helped Wilton stay ahead through the first half.

Wilton fought hard under the boards, with Riley Eaton (two points), Eleanore Greene and Umphred pulling down rebounds. Christina O'Brien (two points), Meghan Koziolkowsky and Alexis Castaldi applied strong defensive pressure to force several key turnovers, and DelliSanti hit two three-pointers. But Wilton missed several key scoring opportunities and ran into foul trouble in the second half, as New Canaan came back for the win despite tough defense from Eaton, O’Brien and Kehoe.

6th grade

Rollercoaster weekend for Wilton
Over the weekend, the Wilton sixth grade girls travel team, sponsored by Servco Oil, endured a heartbreaking loss and enjoyed a dominating win.

On Saturday, Wilton played a tough St. Mark’s team out of Stratford. Wilton led almost the entire game and got strong scoring from Amelia Hughes (eight points, one rebound), Isabella Andjelkovic (five points, seven rebounds, one steal), Ellie Copley (four points, seven rebounds, one steal), Olivia Rossi (four points, one rebounds, three assists) and Leah Martins (four points, one rebounds, three assists). Wilton got off to a strong start with great defense by Morgan Lebek (five rebounds, five steals, one block), Erynn Floyd (two points, one assist, one steal) and Gracie Kaplan (two rebounds) and led 12-11 at the half.

Wilton stayed ahead until St. Mark’s scored on a layup with 40 seconds left to take the lead and rally for a 28-27 triumph.

On Sunday, Wilton took on a strong Norwalk team and a shootout ensued. Wilton got strong offense from Rossi (10 points, two assists, one steal, one rebound), Copley (eight points, three rebounds, one steal), Martins (six points, three assists, one steal), Lebek (six points, three rebounds, three steals, three assists), Hughes (five points, two assists, one steal), and Floyd (four points, three rebounds, one assist). Andjelkovic (two rebounds, one steal), Kapan (two points, two rebounds, one assist, one block) and Coffey (two points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals) provided strong defense, as Wilton led 20-4 at halftime.

Wilton then had to hold off a high-scoring Norwalk team in the second half to preserve a 43-33 victory.

5th/6th grade

Wilton splits with St. Theresa’s
The Wilton fifth/sixth grade girls team, sponsored by the Wilton Deli, won its first game of the season on Saturday, defeating St. Theresa’s, 26-21, in an overtime thriller. The offense came in spurts, with Wilton scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The scoring was led by Grace Williams (12 points), Katie Umphred (eight points) and Jamie Leventhal (six points), while Meghan Hanny dominated the boards. Maddie Ratcliffe and Sawyer Pendergast put in strong defensive efforts, and the great passing of Charlotte Casigrahi and Allie Geller helped drive the offense.

Wilton met St. Theresa’s again on Sunday but couldn’t get another win, falling 21-16. Kathleen Lamanna (four points) helped lead the offense, while stout rebounding from Katherine Cronin set up numerous scoring attempts. Georgia Russnock and Natasha Dinshaw showed great determination, diving for loose balls and creating havoc on defense.

5th grade

Wilton splits pair of games
The Wilton fifth grade girls team, sponsored by Little Pub, split two games last weekend. On Saturday, Wilton was too athletic for Southbury to handle in a 28-16 triumph. The win was dictated at the defensive end of the court, as Wilton made 28 steals and did not allow Southbury a shot until 2:25 remained in the first quarter.

Kelly Holmgren (nine points, three rebounds) and Lucy Corry (six points, four steals) led the way on offense, and Molly Snow (four points, two assists, 10 steals) and Anna Joy (two assists, six steals) shut down Southbury's offense by not allowing its guards into Wilton's zone. When Southbury did get a shot, Mary Scally (four points, four rebounds) and Isabel DiNanno (two points, four rebounds) made sure there wasn't a second chance. Aly Rappaport (three points) was all over both ends of the court to help Wilton prevail.

On Sunday, Wilton ran into a point guard from Norwalk who contributed to all her team’s scoring with 16 points and two assists in a 20-13 win over Wilton. Ava Fasano (two points, four rebounds) led the way for Wilton, and Heather Plowright and Emerson Pattillo provided the energy in the second and third quarters when Wilton tried to pull close to Norwalk.