Youth basketball: Wilton teams win titles

Games recently played by Wilton Basketball Association travel teams.

Boys Travel

7th/8th Grade

Wilton 50, Redding-Easton 47

After struggling during the regular season, the Wilton boys seventh/eighth grade team peaked at the right time.

The team, sponsored by Good Morning Wilton, defeated Redding/Easton, 50-47, last weekend to win the C Division championship in the Fairfield County Basketball League.

The game plan going into the final was to feed the ball inside, but big man Maden Herve had taken only three shots by halftime. The Redding/Easton defense softened in the second half as three-point shooting specialist Sam Strazza (15 points) found his groove for Wilton and sank four three-pointers, opening the paint for Herve (21 points), who began to take over the game. With Wilton clinging to a two-point lead, Strazza and point guard Ben Wiener hit key foul shots, and Redding/Easton’s final three-point shot fell short.

Wilton’s roster also included seventh graders Davis Cote, Josh White, John McMahon, Sean Sullivan, Jermaine Vincent, and EJ Fasano, along with eighth graders Andrew Travers, Niko Kouvaris and Ryan Kaufmann.

Girls Travel

8th Grade

Wilton 44, Trumbull 37

The Wilton eighth grade girls basketball team defeated Trumbull St. Teresa last Saturday to win the B Division championship in the Fairfield County Basketball League.

After a tight first half which ended with Wilton ahead, 21-20, Wilton broke the game open in the third quarter and led by double digits for most of the second half.

Wilton was led by Sophie Sudano, who finished with 17 points, five steals and several assists. Francesca Goncalves was a major force with 11 rebounds and 10 points, including pivotal baskets down the stretch. Paula Perez contributed eight points, including key buckets that helped Wilton pull away in the second half. Nancy Lynch contributed seven points before having to leave the game in the third period due to an injury. Zara Wiest was a force on the boards, intimidating the Trumbull players and altering shots while contributing four rebounds and a basket. Fiona O’Brien contributed three steals, and Grace Cahill and Caitlin Greef added rebounds and strong defense. The team’s roster also included Zoe Rappaport and Anna Breen, who were unable to play in the finals.

7th Grade

Wilton 18, Orcutt 13

The Wilton seventh grade girls basketball team, sponsored by Joyride, ended their 2016 season as champions of the Fairfield County Basketball League’s B Division by beating Orcutt-Bridgeport in the title game last Sunday.

Lily Umphred scored early to get Wilton rolling. Callie Judelson followed with a nice put-back basket off an offensive rebound. The game was physical, with Riley Eaton pulling down several key rebounds for Wilton and Mairead Kehoe and Alexis Castaldi providing solid defensive backup. Crucial points were added by Marygrace DelliSanti’s three-pointer in the second quarter that gave Wilton an 8-7 halftime lead.

Wilton turned on the heat in the second half, with Christina O’Sullivan and Eaton opening the scoring. Solid defense and several steals by point guards DelliSanti and O’Sullivan kept the ball out of Orcutt’s hands and allowed Wilton to keep its opponent scoreless in the final quarter. Continuous defensive pressure provided by Eleanor Greene and Meghan Koziolkowsky helped make sure that Wilton secured its victory.

Late fourth-quarter baskets from O’Sullivan and foul shots from DelliSanti and Eaton — in addition to the ever-strong rebounding of Judelson, Eaton and Umphred — led Wilton to the victory.

5th/6th Grade

Wilton 24, Greenwich 17

The Wilton fifth/sixth girls team, sponsored by The Wilton Deli, completed a fantastic playoff run by knocking off Greenwich Select to win the C Division championship in the Fairfield County Basketball League.

Wilton’s Grace Williams led all scorers with 10 points. Kathleen Lamanna grabbed countless rebounds and knocked down a key bucket to halt a Greenwich Select run. Charlotte Casiraghi was an inspiration off the bench, hitting a jumper to put Wilton ahead by four points late in the first quarter. Megan Hanny was aggressive on both offense and defense, scoring twice in the third quarter to put Wilton up by 10 points. Kathryn Cronin delivered great effort on both sides of the floor and added a key basket in the decisive third period. Sawyer Pendergast made some key steals, while Maddie Ratcliffe, Georgia Russnok and Natasha Dinshaw added defensive intensity. Allie Giller showed great determination leading the fast break, and key rebounding, passing and shooting from Jamie Leventhal and Katie Umphred sealed the title for Wilton.

5th Grade

Trumbull 9, Wilton 8

The Wilton fifth grade girls team, sponsored by the Little Pub, left its heart on the gym floor Sunday, losing a heartbreaker in the B Division finals of the Fairfield County Basketball League.

Wilton trailed 6-0 at halftime, but the defense of Aly Rappaport, Ava Fasano, Isabel DiNanno, Kelly Holmgren and Anna Joy kept the locals in the game and gave them a shot for a come back in the third quarter. Molly Snow got Wilton going with a jump shot, and Heather Plowright scored to make it 6-4. With its defense forcing turnovers, Wilton cut the lead to 6-5 on Lucy Corry’s foul shot. Trumbull got a free throw to go ahead, 7-5, but Mary Scally scored to tie the game for Wilton. Two free throws gave Trumbull a two-point lead before Wilton’s Emerson Patillo hit a foul shot to end the scoring.  

Wilton had opened the playoffs with a 24-7 win over Southbury. Six points each from Pattillo (five steals), Fasano (five rebounds, two blocks) and DiNanno (four rebounds, three steals), along with Corry’s four assists and Rappaport’s two points, led the offense, while a stout defensive effort from Snow and Scally (10 rebounds each) guided Wilton to the win.

Wilton then won a close game against Westport, 16-14. Plowright (three points, four rebounds, three steals) and Fasano (five points, four rebounds) helped pace the offense, and strong defense by Joy (five steals), Holmgren (three rebounds) and Scally (10 rebounds), allowed Wilton to hold on for the win.