Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Feb. 9-10, 2019
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In Rematch vs. New Canaan, 5th Grade Wilton Warriors Emerge Victorious, 42-29
Wilton’s 5th grade boys’ team came out with a vengeance after losing a tight game against the Chargers earlier in the season. This time they faced the New Canaan boys at their Middlebrook School home gym. To begin the game, Coach Evans had the boys playing man. Their defense was inconsistent to start, but they held up.
Early on in the first quarter, Alan Osta got a rebound and went coast to coast with 3 point play, layup and free throw. The team quickly held a lead at 9-2, causing New Canaan to call an early timeout. The quarter ended 13-10, Wilton.
In the second quarter Charlie Roy led the team, forcing three straight turnovers and steals. He also made a full court play, and finished with a smooth spin move and layup. Wilton was doing a good job of boxing out, and the team grabbed 35 rebounds in total, with Grant Stein leading the way with 9, followed by Blake Ongley, Osta and Craig O’Neill (each with 6), and Joey Aversano with 4. The halftime score was close, with Wilton in the lead, 20-18.
In the third quarter is where Wilton began their full court press, causing 6 straight Turnovers, 7 for the entire Quarter. They were making good passes, especially Will Byrnes, who led the team with 3 Assists, Followed by Theo Satrazemis and Stein with 2 each. In this quarter alone, both Satrazemis and Byrnes made great passes to Jake Padilla, who hit clutch shots from long 2 point range. This is when they started to pull away, ending the third with a lead of 31-22.
In the fourth quarter, more pressure and more turnovers on defense gave the boys more opportunities on offense. Every player on the court had defensive plays, led by Roy with 4 steals, followed by Osta with 3, Satrazemis, Grant Stein and Byrnes each had 2 and Ongley, Padilla, Aversano, and O’Neill each had 1. O’Neill hit two 3-point shots (finished with three) in this quarter alone. He was aggressive on both ends of the court, leading the team with 18 points. Byrnes also had a big game with 7 points (including a 3 pointer).
The Wilton Warriors held out to win the rematch, 42-29 and protect their home court.
Wilton 5th/6th Warrior Boys Bounce Back from Loss and Beat Weston, 45-36
The 6th grade Warrior boys bounced back from a tough loss against Stamford JCC the previous day with a hard fought and well-earned win against Weston, 45-36. Wilton was led in scoring by Matt Garcia with 9 points. Stef Cross and Ryan Meenan both scored 8 points, and Henry Soojian and Dylan Gallo each added another 6. The remainder of the Warriors’ scoring was rounded out by Liam Joy, Mason Andrews and Trevien Goldman. Wilton moved the ball well on offense with six different players recording at least one assist.
Wilton was able to control the glass in this game, with 7 each from Soojian and Meenan, and another 5 from Cross. The Warriors were able convert offensive rebounds from Max Totten and Jake Brokaw into second chance points. The Wilton squad was very active defensively with 3 steals from Gallo and another 2 a piece from Joy and Patrick Lillis. Connor Toohill lad the team with 2 blocked shots, and Meenan added one of his own. The trio of Joy, Lillis and Goldman were able to apply pressure in key situations to cause Weston turnovers, which led to a series of fast break baskets.
Weston was able to keep the game close by converting multiple 3 pointers, but the Warriors were able to ice the game with clutch free throw shooting by Garcia down the stretch. The Wilton 6B boys will look to string some wins together when they return from President’s Day break to play against Norwalk and Fairfield.
8th Grade Boys Split Weekend Games 1-1
Wilton 8th grade boys dropped the weekend opener 36-56 to a tough DTX team that saw DTX jump out to an early lead fueled by relentless pressure defense and an impressive, patient half-court offense. Ryan Preisano and Alexander Reyes paced the Warriors, each contributing 8 points to the cause. Bailey Finn (6 rebounds), Jefferson Mitchell, William McCormack and Nick Walden (5 points, 5 boards) were front court contributors, while Tom Walsh, Mikey Byrnes, Spencer Liston (4 points) and Tommy McKiernan battled a strong DTX backcourt.
Wilton, clearly motivated by Saturday’s defeat, started Sunday’s contest against rival Norwalk with an impressive 17-2 first quarter and never looked back. McKiernan had a strong afternoon with 17 points, 5 assists and 3 steals, and Finn provided a dominant low-post presence with 10 points and 5 boards. Byrnes continued his hot 3-point shooting, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Walden was a vacuum on the boards, tallying 8 rebounds. Liston (6 points), Preisano, McCormack and Reyes were relentless on defense, and Walsh contributed 5 points and proved effective in executing his face-guarding responsibilities on D. Final score was 57-30.
Wilton 6th Grade Boys Fight Hard, Earn 1 Win, 1 Loss
The Wilton 6th grade boys are alive and fighting! They have really grown as players and a team over the last month. The epic tourney in Springfield taught them a lot about one another and also some of the best high school basketball out there. This is a team to watch the next few weeks. They have faced very strong competition and their hard work is starting to pay off no thanks to Coach Torres and Assistant Coach McKiernan.
They went against St. Theresa’s on Saturday, which has always been this team’s nemesis. After two years of losing to this team the Warriors fought the fight and took the victory, 49-39. Everyone on the team put at least a point on the board. Wilton’s lead scorer was big man Cole Siegel, who had an amazing game with 10 points and 10 rebounds and, using his ‘Tower of Power,’ had 6 blocked shots. Next was Liam McKiernan, the team’s guaranteed shooter, with 7 points, including one nice swish from behind the 3 point arch. Next in line were Jack Schwartz, Luke Ginsburg and Ryan Luchetta, all with 6 points and 4 rebounds. Cael Dexter, Cole Galante, Grady Kaliski, Liam Murphy and Luke Perna all contributed points on the board. In addition, to everyone getting points on the board the defensive game was tremendous as well with Schwartz leading the team in 5 steals and Kaliski, Mckiernan, Siegel, Luchetta, Ginsburg and Murphy all contributing steals.
On Sunday, Wilton played the leader in the division, New Rochelle. They started off strong by taking the first basket and being tied in the half at 21-21. The Warriors came out really pumped in the third quarter and took the lead by 6 points. After some calls from the referees the game started getting a little intense and New Rochelle went full steam ahead. Wilton just couldn’t get the points up on the board. The lack of points on the board and weakened defense in fourth quarter brought the team to a hard-fought loss of 38-48 to the best team in their Division. The lead scorer of the game was McKiernan with two 3 pointers and 12 additional points for a total of 18 points. Wilton also saw baskets on the board from Galante, Ginsburg, Perna, Schwartz and Siegel, but the rim gods were not on the team’s side Sunday. The defensive game was working hard with Big Man Siegel in the paint with 4 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Defensive players who contributed to turnovers and rebounds were Dexter, Galante, Kaliski, Luchetta, and Murphy. The team looks forward to playoffs after coming together, and should give a great fight–stay tuned…
Wilton 7th/8th Grade Girls Lose to Newtown, 36-25
In a back and forth game until the final minutes, the Wilton 7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball team ultimately lost to Newtown on Sunday, 25-36.
Sawyer Pendergrast (13 points, 9 steals, 3 rebounds) led the way offensively with Georgia Russnok (6 points, 2 steals, 6 rebounds) and Aly Rappaport (5 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds) also adding a significant contribution on the offensive end.
Strong defensive play by both teams kept scoring low throughout the first three quarters. Powerful rebounding by Erin Getty (7 rebounds) led Wilton’s defense, along with convincing defensive efforts by Marin Burke (1 point, 3 steals, 6 rebounds), Avery Shestag (2 steals, 3 rebounds), Shayla Kapoor (1 steal, 4 rebounds) and Caroline Luce (1 steal, 1 rebound).
Wilton 5th Grade Girls Drop Three Games
Wilton 5th Grade Girls took one game to overtime and fell just short in a nail-biter against one of the region’s strongest teams in dropping three hard-fought games this weekend. Behind Rose Bilella’s tenacious defense, sharp shooting by Ella Lochran and Liliana Finn’s impressive rebound haul (14), Wilton took a quick and scrappy Redding-Easton team into overtime on Friday night before falling one basket short with a final score of 22-24.
Saturday’s game against Fairfield PAL Storm started off on a positive note with Ellie Smith taking the opening tip for a layup, and featured other flashes of brilliance, such as Carolina Bonita’s strip steal that translated to a fast-break, Arwen Garcia’s timely assist to Finn that led to a score, and solid rebounding by Kokona Layne. But in the end, Fairfield PAL prevailed 12-24.
Wilton was up against one of the region’s strongest teams on Sunday in Greens Farms Academy and almost pulled off a win, helped by Smith’s double-double (points and rebounds), gritty defense by Rory Kepner, key rebounds and defensive stops by Maia Andjelkovic, and a clutch fourth-quarter free throw by Josie Silva. The lead changed multiple times in the final minutes, and Greens Farms came out on top 26-27.
Wilton 7th Grade Girls Win Back-to-Back Games
The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team defeated Milford on Saturday, 36-25, in a League game. Wilton started slowly (down 8-0) and closed strongly (outscoring Milford 23-11 in second half). The only thing better than Wilton’s stifling player-to-player defense was its free throw shooting, where the girls made 8 of 9 attempts (88%!). The defense was sparked by Molly Hancock (2 steals), Maddie Phelan (1 steal), and Ashleigh Masterson (10 blocked shots, 4 steals). Wilton’s offense was powered by Masterson (13 points) and Anisa Burrows (11 points). Rounding out the scoring was Maddie Dineen (4 points) and 4 girls with 2 points each— Riley Fitzgerald, Cali Hage, Emma Kelly, and Ella Mulfinger.
On Sunday Wilton defeated Ridgefield, 35-29, in another League game. Wilton never trailed after jumping to a 9-3 first quarter lead. Wilton’s player-to-player defense limited Ridgefield to 4 points in the third quarter as they gained separation. Wilton’s free throw shooting was again a difference maker as the team hit 14 of 21 (66%!). Wilton’s offense was fueled by Burrows (11 points, 8 rebounds), Masterson (8 points, 13 rebounds), Dineen (6 points), Mulfinger (5 points), Fitzgerald (3 points on a shot from downtown), and Lauren Moe (2 points). Wilton finished its FCBL regular season with 8-4 record and currently resides in second place in the A division.
Wilton 8th Grade Girls fall to West Haven
The Wilton 8th grade girls Basketball team has been having a very up and down season. Showing moments of brilliance they were hoping to capture this on Saturday afternoon against a stacked West Haven team. Lucy Cory started the scoring for Wilton and handled the pressure from West haven press all day long she had a number of assists setting up Mary Scally on 8 of her 10 points. Anna Joy and Kelly Holmgren keep taking the ball to the rim drawing fouls and making their free throws. Maddie Radcliff and Kendall Scholz played big on defense with Scholz grabbing 10 rebounds. It still wasn’t enough as West Haven wore Wilton down in the 4th quarter for the victory.
Wilton 5th/6th Grade Girls Lose to Greenwich and Weston
On Saturday, Wilton’s 5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball team fell to Greenwich 18-44 in a fast-paced match-up on the road. Grace Costa, Elizabeth Crocitto, Annalise Lamanna, Julia Munrow, and Jordyn Ennis all put points up. In a game that appeared more competitive than the final scoreboard reflected, the team showed strength on the boards with rebounds by Sophia Viggiano, Caitlyn Getty, and Sofia Samai. Maddie Smith contributed with tenacious defense and signature hustle.
On Sunday, Wilton lost a tight match to a strong Weston team with a final score of 12-25. The first quarter proved to be a slow start for both teams, but it ended in a spectacular 3-pointer by Munrow. The match stayed tight through the end under the leadership of Costa and Samai, with Ennis holding down the middle, and Lamanna and Getty crashing the boards. Spark and speed was provided on both offense and defense by Smith, Crocitto, and Viggiano.