Youth basketball: Wilton teams back in action after break
The following games were recently played by Wilton Basketball Association teams.
BOYS 8TH GRADE
A three-game slate for Wilton began with a 62-49 road loss to Waterbury. Ryan Preisano led the Warriors offensively with four 3-pointers and 16 points total. Additional offense was provided by Bailey Finn (15 points), Will McCormack (five points) and Alexander Reyes (five points). Nick Walden grabbed eight rebounds against a much-taller Waterbury squad.
Wilton rebounded with a 60-44 home win over Newtown. The Warriors came out on fire, jumping to a 15-2 lead. Tommy McKiernan and Spencer Liston led the way with solid defense and four 3-pointers between them. Finn, Walden, and Reyes controlled the boards and added solid offense to give Wilton a 37-11 lead at halftime. Stifling defense and unselfish play led by Mikey Byrnes, McCormack, and Jefferson Mitchell kept the Warriors in command during the second half. Preisano and Tommy Walsh each added several points for Wilton.
The final game of the weekend saw the Warriors fall, 57-43, to a tough Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) squad. The strong offensive play of Liston, McKiernan, Finn, Preisano, and Walden gave the Warriors a 15-11 lead. But full-court pressure took its toll on the Warriors in the second quarter and gave Mt. Vernon a 36-26 halftime lead. Led by the scrappy play of Reyes, Mitchell, Byrnes, Walsh, and McCormack, Wilton hung tough and continued to attack the basket in the second half.
BOYS 7TH-8TH GRADE
Wilton defeated the Newtown Gold 8B team by a score of 38-30. Turner started the game with a quick score and Wilton led until the fourth quarter. Turner scored on two end-to-end plays for Wilton. After Newtown rallied to tie the game, Wiest made two critical free throws in the fourth quarter. Duncan also hit a free throw following a Newtown technical foul. Leading scorers for Wilton were Wiest, Turner, and Wall. Five other players contributing points, including Bologna, Burkhart, Duncan, Heffernan, and Martin. Martin and Brokaw were strong on the boards, and Farrell and Umphred played relentless defense.
Wilton’s second game of the weekend was 40-37 overtime win at home over Weston Blue 8B. Wiest, Turner, and Martin were Wilton's scoring leaders, with Bologna, Burkhart, Duncan, and Wall also contributing points. In overtime, critical free throws by Duncan and a clutch 3-pointer by Burkhart helped Wilton get the win. Brokaw and Heffernan added assists, while Farrell and Umphred excelled on defense.
BOYS 7TH GRADE
Wilton 44, Stratford 31
In its first game of 2019, Wilton came out looking a bit rusty against Stratford PAL. The first quarter was plagued with mistakes and ended with Wilton trailing, 12 -6. Wilton played much better after that, with Max Jarvie and Kyle Roesser dominating the boards (seven and 10 rebounds, respectively) and contributing 10 points each. Wyatt Jones and Levi Kaplan directed the offense and Todd Woodring (six points) and Henry Roy (five points) contributed scoring. Jack Minnich and Will Fisher each had clutch 3-pointers. Peter Reyes and Luke DiRocco played strong defense, each grabbing multiple rebounds.
Wilton 51, Weston 35
In its second game of the weekend, Wilton had another slow start on offense against a good Weston team and trailed by as many as eight points in the first half. Wilton played tough defense, however, and closed to within 15-12 at halftime. After giving up two 3-pointers to Weston to open the second half, Wilton went on a run and tied the game with a nice inside basket by Max Jarvie. Wilton then broke Weston's full-court press, leading to an easy layup by Todd Woodring and a 3-pointer by Wyatt Jones. Big men Kyle Roesser and Peter Reyes dominated inside with blocked shots and rebounds, and Levi Kaplan helped close out the scoring with a well-timed steal and layup. Henry Roy's aggressive play led to an active day at the foul line, from where he made eight-of-10 free throws. Luke DiRocco, Jack Minnich, and Will Fisher helped round out the offensive outburst as Wilton scored 39 points in the second half.
BOYS 6TH GRADE
Wilton dropped a pair of games to tough local opponents, falling to Westport, 48-32, on Saturday and Ridgefield, 45-37, on Sunday. Against Westport, Wilton came out of the gates with stifling defense from Jack Schwartz, Luke Perna, and Luke Ginsburg. Liam McKiernan (10 points) started the game with a 3-pointer and got a lot of scoring help from Ryan Luchetta (seven points) and Liam Murphy (five points). Westport pulled away with a 12-point run in the third quarter.
On Sunday against, Wilton started slowly and was down 17-9 at the end of the first period. Led by the play of Cole Siegel (four points, eight rebounds), Cael Dexter (three rebounds), Cole Galante (two steals, two rebounds), Jack Schwartz (three points, five steals), Luke Ginsburg (nine points), and Ryan Luchetta (nine points), Wilton rallied to tie the score, 24-24, at halftime. But Ridgefield opened a nine-point lead in the third period and held on to win.
BOYS 5TH-6TH GRADE
Wilton 40, Greenwich Flame 34
Wilton got its first win of the season in convincing fashion on Saturday. Big men Henry Soojian (14 points) and Ryan Meenan (10 points) combined to score 24 of Wilton's 40 points. Guards Stefano Cross, Matthew Garcia, and Dylan Gallo fed the ball inside and added four points apiece. Mason Andrews and Liam Joy rounded out the scoring off the bench. Reserves Max Totten, Conor Toohill, Patrick Lillis, Trevien Goldman, and Jake Brokaw battled defensively and moved the ball into the post.
Wilton 43, St. Mary’s Ridgefield 39
Starting guards Matthew Garcia (12), Stefano Cross (eight), and Dylan Gallo (four) combined for 24 points in Wilton's second win of the season. Ryan Meenan (nine points) used his size underneath to grab several offensive rebounds, while fellow big man Henry Soojian (four points) also contributed in the paint. Conor Toohill (three steals), Patrick Lillis, Liam Joy, Max Totten, Mason Andrews, Trevien Goldman, and Jake Brokaw also played aggressively on both sides of the ball.
GIRLS 7TH GRADE
Wilton defeated the Milford Knights eighth grade team, 40-37, on Saturday. Wilton trailed throughout and entered the fourth quarter down nine points. Wilton’s trapping defense in the fourth quarter stifled Milford, and the Wilton offense kicked into gear by scoring 18 points. The defensive intensity was led by Riley Fitzgerald, Cali Hage, Molly Hancock, Anisa Burrows, and Maddie Dineen. Burrows had a rare triple-double (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals). Other contributors on offense were Ella Mulfinger (eight points), Hancock (eight points), Dineen (seven points), and Maddie Phelan (three points). Lauren Moe (five rebounds, three points) helped ice the win with a late free throw.
On Sunday, Wilton again executed a late rally before dropping a league game to New Rochelle, 33-32. Wilton trailed by eight points at the start of the fourth quarter. Ashleigh Masterson’s 19 rebounds and 15 points helped lead the comeback. Burrows contributed 13 rebounds and eight points, while Emma Kelly had three assists and Mulfinger scored six points.
GIRLS 5TH-6TH GRADE
New Canaan 21, Wilton 16
Wilton led the game going into the fourth quarter, but New Canaan came back to take the lead on a 3-pointer and followed that with another bucket to close out the victory. The Warriors played their hearts out, and the scoring effort was led by Grace Costa (eight points), with strong contributions from Sofia Samai (six points) and Julia Munrow (two points). Elizabeth Crocitto and Maddie Smith were tough on defense, and Jordyn Ennis, Caitlyn Getty, Annalise Lamanna, and Sophia Viggiano led the rebounding effort.