Roundup: Berlin girls hoops defeats Plainville

Published on Monday, 14 February 2022 23:53
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

BERLIN – The Berlin girls basketball team stretched its winning streak to eight games with a 48-20 win over Plainville, which lost its 12th game in a row.

The Redcoats had the luxury of reaching a little further into its bench in this game and 13 different players found the bottom of the basket. Kailee DeMaio led all scorers with nine points and was one of three Berlin players to make more than one field goal. Alivia Halkias finished with five points and eight rebounds while Clare McGeever posted seven points and had four steals.

Lilly Wazorko’s six points was the high mark for the Blue Devils, who will finish their season Wednesday at home against Lewis Mills, which beat them 40-22 on Jan. 13. The Redcoats play their final regular season game Tuesday at home against Windsor.

New Britain 44, Rocky Hill 32: The Hurricanes secured their 10th win of the year Monday night with solid effort over Rocky Hill.

Xandra Silva continued her successful scoring streak with a team-high 12 points while Adrianna Faienza filled the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Faienza was one of three New Britain players to have at least two steals alongside Layla Mejia and Kiatyanna Denmark. Mejia Posted eight points, four rebounds and four steals while Denmark had three points, 11 rebounds and two steals.

The Hurricanes finish their regular season Tuesday on the road against Jonathan Law.

Newington 55, Wethersfield 38: The Nor’easters entered halftime trailing by three points after getting outscored 13-5 in the second quarter, but went on to win their final regular season game decisively by winning the third quarer 25-5.

Lilly Ferguson and Bela Cucuta each dropped 15 points for Newington while Ferguson added eight rebounds to lead her team. Marlie Zocco added nine points, five rebounds and four assists while Karissa Zocco posted two points, six assists and five steals.

Both teams scored more than their Dec. 20 matchup, which Newington won 35-24. Wethersfield’s Vanessa Venditti led all scorers in this contest with 19.

The Nor’easters regular season record will sit at 19-1 and they will play their first-round CCC Tournament game Thursday at home.

St. Paul 76, Wilby 25: The Falcons led by 20 points after the first quarter and 31 by halftime to open its final week of regular-season play with a 51-point win over Wilby.

Nadia Riemer’s 14 led all scorers while Wilby’s Rae Lewis finished with 12 points. Freshman Izzy Leggett grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with her two points while Audrey Tice notched seven points and found her teammates for eight assists.

St. Paul has two more games left before the postseason, starting with a road game against Wolcott on Tuesday.

Goodwin Tech 28, Wolcott Tech 24: The Gladiators avenged a 24-point loss to Wolcott Tech on Dec. 22 with a hard-nosed defensive effort Monday night.

Goodwin Tech led 2-1 after the first quarter and 8-6 at halftime, before stretching the lead to seven points at the end of the third quarter. Ericka Aponte led all scorers with eight while Megan Lukeszewski added six points and 12 rebounds.

The Gladiators enter their final regular season game with a 13-5 record and will look to close their campaign Wednesday by getting their second win of the year against Prince Tech.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Innovation 62, Civic Leadership 35: The Ravens allowed nine points in the second half to run away with a win over Civic Leadership. They improve to 5-13 and snapped a seven-game losing streak in their first of two meeting with Civic Leadership this week.

Amari Cruz scored 27 in the win while he and Jayden Newell-Kemp each posted nine rebounds and two blocks. Newell-Kemp added five points as Innovation earned its first win by more than 20 points this season.

Before seeing Civic Leadership again Thursday, the Ravens will travel to Capital Prep on Tuesday. The Trailblazers used a massive second half to beat Innovation 81-37 in their first matchup.

Goodwin Tech 57, Wolcott Tech 54: The Gladiators bested Wolcott Tech for the second time this season to improve their record to 8-8 and qualify for the state tournament.

Goodwin Tech had five players score in the game, led by 18 from Brandon Martinez and 12 from Jesay Marcano. Jayden King, Angel Valazquezb and Shawn Martin each contributed at least seven points as the Gladiators now have a chance to finish their season on a six-game winning streak.

Wolcott Tech’s Chris Small led all scorers with 20 and was one of four players to score for his team, three of which had at least 11.

Goodwin Tech’s last four games are on the road starting with a game against Seymour on Tuesday.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING

Southington 92, Middletown 89: The Blue Knights stayed undefeated (9-0) and set a new school record as Alex Rosania’s diving score of 301.05 will immortalize him in school history.

Southington won nine other events including four involving Landon Colby, who won the 200 individual medley (2:05.60) and the 100 butterfly (54.30 seconds) along with contributing to wins in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Matt Niro was also a part of both relay wins while also touching the wall first in the 50 freestyle (23.10 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (50.73 seconds).

Peter Zalewski joined Colby, Niro and Alex LeClair on the 400 free relay team and also took first in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle while LeClair participated in both relay wins alongside Colby, Niro and Matt Siwek. Leclair also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.20 seconds.

The Blue Knights return to the pool Tuesday for a road meet against Farmington.



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