Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Jan. 19-20, 2019
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Wilton Hoops–Youth Basketball
7th Grade Girls Defeat Fairfield Before Loss to Undefeated New Rochelle
The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team defeated Fairfield Mystics on Saturday, 51-36 in a League game. Wilton trailed by five at the half. Wilton’s half court player-to-player defense wore down Fairfield in the second half. The defensive intensity was led by Cali Hage (2 deflections, 1 point), Maddie Phelan (1 steal, 2 rebounds), and Emma Kelly (1 steal, 1 rebound). Wilton’s scoring was led by Anisa Burrows (2 steals) and Ashleigh Masterson (9 rebounds), both of whom scored 17 points. Wilton’s scoring was rounded out by Ella Mulfinger (7 points, 6 rebounds), Lauren Moe (4 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds), Riley Fitzgerald (3 points on a 3-ball), and Maddie Dineen (2 points).
On Sunday Wilton lost a League game to undefeated New Rochelle, 38-43. In the third quarter Wilton played its most complete eight minutes of the season, outscoring New Rochelle 12-3 to close the gap to one point. Wilton’s defensive intensity was led by Molly Hancock with 2 steals and 4 rebounds. However, New Rochelle battled back scoring both inside and hitting several 3 pointers to pull ahead. Wilton’s offense was led by Mulfinger with 14 points (including 5-consecutive made free throws), Masterson (10 points, 11 rebounds), Burrows (8 points, 4 assists), Dineen (3 points), and Hage (3 points). Wilton is now 5-2 in FCBL League play, trailing only New Rochelle.
Wilton 5th Grade Girls Topple New Canaan, But Fall to Monroe
The Wilton 5th Grade girls began the weekend with a battle against a feisty team from Monroe. The game started with a quick basket by Arwen Garcia, but the Warriors’ offense was in trouble against Monroe’s tenacious defense. Rory Kepner and Maia Andjelkovic each contributed a basket and pulled down 2 rebounds in the first half. Wilton fought back with aggressive defense of their own, led by Liliana Finn (6 rebounds), Rose Bilella, Carolina Bonita, and Koko Layne. The team ended the first half down by one point, 8-9. During the second half Ellie Smith continued to lead the charge, finishing with 6 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but the Warriors lost their steam and ended the game down, 12-23.
On Sunday, the girls traveled to New Canaan and created a storm of their own. Wilton came out on fire, taking charge on both sides of the court with each player contributing to this team win. Smith dominated with sharp shooting and fast breaks for 20 points, in addition to 13 steals and 5 rebounds. Bilella was relentless on defense with 8 steals of her own, 4 points and 3 rebounds. Garcia crashed the boards and pulled down 7 rebounds and put up 2 points. Bonita frustrated her opponents with her pesky defense, resulting in 2 steals and 3 points. Andjelkovic was unwavering up and down the court, contributing 4 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Josie Silva worked hard, hitting the boards for 3 rebounds and a basket. Finn was unyielding on defense, shutting down New Canaan’s equally tall center. Layne was all over the court with 4 steals and 2 rebounds. Wilton took home the win, 35-11.
8th Grade Boys Go 1-for-3 in Triple-Header Weekend
The Wilton 8th Grade Boys Travel Basketball team kicked off the weekend triple header Friday night in Westport. The game featured strong defensive play by both teams. A sluggish start found Wilton trailing 22-13 at halftime. However, the team really stepped up its defensive effort in the second half with guards Spencer Liston, Tommy Walsh and Michael Byrnes applying constant pressure on the ball and causing multiple turnovers against the Westport squad. Wilton stormed back in the fourth quarter to pull within 3 points but failed to climb all the way back and came up short in 38-41 loss. Wilton featured a balanced scoring attack lead by big man Bailey Finn (11 pts), Ryan Preisano (6 pts), Alexander Reyes (6 pts), Tommy McKiernan (5 pts), William McCormack (4 pts), Nick Walden (4 pts) and Jefferson Mitchell (2 pts).
Wilton quickly rebounded on Saturday in an early contest against New Canaan scoring at will and keeping the opposing team in check en route to a 36-18 halftime lead. The offense was firing on all cylinders with strong outside shooting from McKiernan (15 pts), Mitchell (8 pts) and Liston (5 pts). Wilton’s inside scoring was equally impressive with contributions from Finn (11 pts), Reyes (6 pts) and Walden (5 pts). Preisano (2 pts) and Walsh (1 pt) rounded out the scoring attack and Wilton cruised to a 54-37 victory in this heated rivalry.
In the final contest of the weekend Wilton faced off against a talented Newtown team. Newtown jumped out to an early 17-4 first quarter lead which would ultimately turn out to be too much for Wilton to overcome. The Wilton team displayed a lot of tenacity and grit and fought back to get within 8 pts in the second half but but came up short in a 48-61 loss. Offensively Wilton played well with scoring from Finn (14 pts), Walden (10 pts), McKiernan (7 pts), Byrnes (5 pts), Preisano (4 pts), Liston (3 pts), Reyes (3 pts) and Jefferson (2 pts).