Wilton youth basketball scoreboard

Games recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel basketball teams.

Boys Travel

7th/8th grade

Pair of setbacks for Wilton

The Wilton seventh/eighth grade boys team, sponsored by Good Morning Wilton, came back from Christmas vacation and played two games last weekend.

In the first game, a non-league contest against New Milford, Sam Strazza was active from behind the three-point line, hitting his first shot. Andrew Travers scored a few buckets in the paint and contributed with three steals. John McMahon added to the score with free throws and a nice assist. Ryan Kauffman played hard and ended up adding points from the free-throw line.  EJ Fasano added four points and two rebounds, but the effects of the layoff were evident as Wilton went down quietly, 44-25.

Sunday’s league game against an unbeaten Darien team started out badly as Wilton turned the ball over multiple times. However, after a time-out, Wilton’s energy picked up and a nine-point deficit shrunk to just three points at halftime. Maden Herve led the charge by scoring 14 points to go along with six blocked shots. Davis Cote added a three-pointer and a nice assist, while point guards Niko Kouvaris and Ben Wiener controlled the floor. Sean Sullivan played hard and added a late bucket, but Wilton was outsized by a bigger Darien team and lost the game by a score of 52-34.

7th grade

Wilton wins three of four games

The Wilton seventh grade boys basketball team, sponsored by Ackerly and Ward, was victorious in three of four games last weekend.

Wilton had a solid 56-43 victory over the Milford Magic in the second round of the Bridgeport McGivney Center tournament. Wilton was led by Michael Coffey’s 12 rebounds and eight points, Jimmy McKiernan’s 10 points, Alex Cocoros’ 10 points and three steals, Matt Gulbin’s 10 points and five boards, Matt Murphy’s nine boards and six points, and Owen Lillis’ six points and two assists.

On Friday night, Wilton lost to New Canaan, 46-39. Six minutes into the game Wilton was down 10-0 before Cocoros hit two three-pointers to kick-start the offense. Wilton settled in to trail by only two points at halftime and then went on to take a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter. However, Wilton again went cold from the field, with New Canaan scoring the final 11 points of the game to secure the victory.

On Saturday, Wilton defeated a talented Trumbull Select team, 58-47. Cocoros’ four three-pointers (12 points) and Kyle Burns’ two three-pointers (12 points) fueled Wilton’s offense. Mack Kepner (six points, three assists) stole the ball late in the game and then converted a layup to help seal the win. Other key contributors included Coffey (11 boards, nine points), Trevor Martines (eight points, two assists), Matt Gulbin (two points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Chase Autore (two points, three rebounds, and one steal).

On Sunday, Wilton defeated Newtown, 44-33. Wilton’s best defensive game of the season was ignited by Autore’s four steals (plus two points, one assist and zero turnovers). Wilton shared ball effectively, which resulted in balanced scoring: Murphy had eight points (and eight boards and four blocked shots), Coffey seven points (and 10 boards), Kepner six points, McKiernan six points, Burns six points, Martines six points, and Lillis one point (and two assists).

Wilton is now 4-3 in FCBL league play and 15-4 overall.

6th grade

Pair of wins for Wilton

An all-around team effort propelled the Pinocchio Pizza-sponsored Wilton sixth grade boys to a 47-30 win over Greenwich Select. The first half was tightly contested with both teams trading baskets each possession. Jack Lynch (seven points, three rebounds, three steals), Grant Masterson (two points, three rebounds, two assists) and Craig Hyzy (eight points, four rebounds) helped Wilton stay within two, 13-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Greenwich Select took a nine-point lead early in the second quarter, but Wilton's hustling effort by Max Andrews (six points, five rebounds, two assists), Parker Woodring (two points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals) and Kevin Hyzy (five points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals) closed the gap to 21-20 at the half. A trapping defensive, high-energy output by Max Silva (three steals) and Dillon Mannix (three steals) led to transition baskets throughout the second half as Wilton pulled away to a 15-point lead. At one point the Warriors went on a 28-6 run with Zarius Eusebe (12 points, two rebounds,two assists, two steals) and Matt Giller (six points, two rebounds) filling the basket in the third quarter.

Wilton capped its 2-0 weekend with another double-digit victory on Sunday, beating St. Theresa’s, 49-37, behind a balanced scoring attack.

In the first quarter Wilton came out firing from three-point land, hitting four treys in a row with Craig Hyzy (nine points, six rebounds, two steals) and Giller (five points, three steals) leading the way. The  Warriors claimed an early nine-point lead and held that in check through the play of Lynch (four points, seven rebounds) and Andrews (two points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks) at the end of the first quarter.

With the transition game working well to start the second quarter, Eusebe (eight points, two steals, five assists) and Masterson (two points, three rebounds, two assists) found multiple teammates for easy buckets to put Wilton ahead, 20-14, at the half. The Warriors increased the lead to double digits in the third quarter with crisp passing and trapping defense. Woodring (11 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals) and Kevin Hyzy (six points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals) took control as Wilton led 37-23 heading into the fourth quarter. St. Theresa's hit four three-pointers in the fourth, but the high intensity play of Silva (two points, three steals, two rebounds) and Mannix (three steals) led to numerous turnovers that sealed the victory.

Girls Travel

8th grade

Two losses for Wilton

The Wilton eighth grade girls basketball team’s weekend was highlighted by a tough 52-49 loss at league-leading Milford. Wilton was led by the incredible shooting of Zoe Rappaport (27 points), along with the play of Fran Goncalves (six points, five rebounds) and Nancy Lynch (six points). Wilton did have the lead in the third quarter behind baskets by Caitlin Greef, Grace Cahill (four points) and Fiona O’Brien (four points).

The weekend started with a 40-23 loss to a strong Ridgefield team. Paula Perez (seven points), Rappaport (seven points) and O’Brien (six points) led Wilton.

In Saturday’s loss to Fairfield, Wilton was led by the all-around play of Zara Wiest (six points, six rebounds) and Perez (six points). Rounding out the action was a tight loss on Sunday to Weston. Wilton was led by the perimeter play of Lynch and the inside presence of Goncalves and Wiest.

7th grade

Wilton drops pair at home

The Wilton girls seventh grade travel team, sponsored by Joyride, played two home games last weekend.

Saturday's game against Darien began with Eleanor Green scoring the first points. Wilton's defense was aggressive, led by Lily Umphred and Callie Judelson. Umphred had multiple blocks and Judelson grabbed a number of rebounds. MaryGrace DelliSanti played well on both sides of the ball, with Christina O’Sullivan adding points in the second half. Even though Wilton played hard, it wasn't enough to pull out a win.

On Sunday, Wilton fell to a tough team from Trumbull. Again, Wilton had an aggressive defense with Mairead Kehoe and Riley Eaton staving off Trumbull’s drives. Meghan Koziolkowsky and Alexis Castaldi added points in the second half, and Castaldi also had several steals throughout the game.

5th/6th grade

Wilton splits weekend games

The Wilton fifth/sixth grade girls team, sponsored by the Wilton Deli, came away with a split in last weekend’s games.

On Saturday, Wilton used a fierce second-half rally to erase a 10-point deficit and beat Greenwich, 21-18. Grace Williams led all scorers with 10 points, including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter, while Kathleen Lamanna added another seven points due to strong rebounding. Jaime Leventhal and Meghan Hanny contributed two points each, and a spirited defensive effort by Georgia Russnock and Charlotte Casiraghi helped spur the second-half rally.

On Sunday, Wilton lost a close game to the Amity Force by a score of 15-14. Sawyer Pendergast (four points) and Kathryn Cronin (two points) helped give Wilton an early lead. Strong defense and rebounding from Madison Ratcliffe and Ally Giller and tough defense from Natasha Dinshaw helped keep the game close. But a last-second shot fell just short, allowing Amity to get the win.

5th grade

Wilton wins two of three

The Wilton fifth grade girls team, sponsored by Little Pub, played three contests last weekend, winning two and losing one.

On Saturday, against a spirited Westport team at home, Wilton owned the boards with 39 rebounds. Kelly Holmgren (five points, five rebounds), Ava Fasano (two points, six rebounds, three steals) and Mary Scally (two points, six rebounds, one steal) sparked the offense, and Heather Plowright (nine rebounds, four steals), Isabel DiNanno (three rebounds, four steals) and Anna Joy (two points, one rebound, four steals) shut down Westport’s offense to seal the 13-9 victory.

On Sunday, Wilton was truly road Warriors. First at Newtown, Molly Snow (six points, four rebounds, two steals) and Lucy Corry (two points, one steal) helped Wilton jump to an early lead, but Newtown responded to lead at the half. Switching to a smothering two-three zone, Wilton fought its way back, spurred by Emerson Pattillo’s relentless defense (two rebounds, three steals), before falling just short and losing, 17-14.

Heading on to Southbury, Wilton kept up the intensity against a tall and physical opponent. In a team effort at both ends of the court, Wilton maintained its focus and intensity to win,19-16.