Split Decisions For Dragons: Girls Defeated In Double OT, Pope Lifts Up Boys At Buzzer

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MIDDLETOWN – Berlin’s Lyzi Litwinko forced the first overtime with a 3-pointer and finished with 35 points as the Redcoats overcame several rallies by Middletown for a 64-62 double-OT win Tuesday night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium.

Middletown (8-10) received fantastic offensive efforts from sophomores Shadae Bushay (27 points) and Tyah Pettaway (25).

“Tyah and Shadae again were outstanding on the offensive end,” Middletown coach Rob Smernoff said, “but we only stayed in the game with the incredible work on the boards from India (Weston), Aysia (Henderson) and Travyonna (Jefferson), as well as Jenaya (Salafia) on the defensive end of the floor.”

The Redcoats (15-2), ranked ninth in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 girls basketball poll, scored nearly a third of their points (21) from the free-throw line in adding to their lead atop the CCC’s South Division.

“This was just a really high-level game played on both ends by both teams,” Smernoff said. “We had multiple chances to win the game.”

Carly Grega was the only other Berlin player in double figures with 13 points.

Jefferson chipped in 6 points for Middletown. The Blue Dragons outscored the Redcoats 60-43 from the field.

“We are disappointed to not come out with the victory, but this clearly shows how much this team has improved,” Smernoff said. “I strongly believe we can finish the regular season on a high note with home games against Maloney and Lewis Mills and carry that over to the state tournament.”

BERLIN (64)
Lyzi Litwinko 14-6-35; Wynter Yovan 1-6-8; Carly Grega 3-5-13; Clare McGeever 0-2-2; Kailee DeMaio  1-0-2; Callie Gendron 1-2-4. Totals: 20-21-64.

MIDDLETOWN (62)
Aysia Henderson 1-2-4; Tyah Pettaway 11-0-25; Shadae Bushay 12-0-27; Travyonna Jefferson 3-0-6, India Weston 0-0-0, Jenaya Salafia 0-0-0. Totals:  27-2-62.

Score By Quarters
B    8 13 14 14 7 8—64
M 11 10 11 17 7 6—62

3-Pointers: B—Grega 2, Litwinko 1; M–Pettaway 4, Bushay 3.

Next Game

  • Middletown hosts Maloney, Friday, 6:45pm

Middletown 53, Berlin 52

BERLIN – Donte Pope hit a buzzer beater to save Middletown against upset-minded Berlin in CCC South action.

Middletown inbounded the ball with 4.4 seconds left — Kenny Fountain to Matt Steuerwald to Pope, who was just inside the 3-point line on the right wing. Pope turned and buried his shot as time ran out.

The victory was the 100th of coach Rick Privott’s career with the program.

Jonathan Nkonoki led the Blue Dragons with 18 points, Pope finished with 17 and Steuerwald added 10 off the bench. Elijah Wilborn grabbed 12 rebounds and Mekhi Toler had 9.

Cam Murphy scored a game-high 22 points for the Redcoats.

MIDDLETOWN (53)
Mekhi Toler 0 1 1, Kenny Fountain 1 0 2, Jonathan Nkonoki 6 4 18, Donte Pope 7 1 16, Elijah Wilborn 3 0 6, Matt Steuerwald 3 2 10. Totals: 20 8-12 53.

BERLIN (52)
Michael Ciarcia 5 0 10, Cam Murphy 8 2 22, Justin Piskorski 1 0 2, Danny Lynch 2 2 7, Jeff Madeia 3 3 9, Ben Lincoln 1 0 2. Totals: 20 7-10 52.

Score By Quarters
M 12 9 19 13—53
B 21 10 12 9—52

3-Pointers: M—Nkonoki 2, Steuerwald 2, Pope 1; B—Murphy 4, Lynch 1.
Records: Middletown 12-4; Berlin 4-12.

Next Game

  • Middletown at Maloney, Friday, 6:45pm

Mercy 62, East Haven 43

MIDDLETOWN – Freshman Abigail Bradbury poured in 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, and the Tigers (9-10) avenged an early-season loss by taking out the Yellow Jackets in an SCC tilt.

It was the fifth straight win for the Tigers.

After the first couple of possessions for each team, Mercy coach Tim Kohs switched up his defense and turned on the press. It worked. A Bradbury steal and subsequent layup at the other end was just one of several turnovers the smothering Tiger defense caused the rest of the half.

Mercy carried that momentum to a 36-17 lead at the intermission.

A Lily Sokolowski bucket gave Mercy its largest lead of the game at 46-19 with 4:45 left in the third quarter, but a spirited East Haven squad was determined not to let Mercy get too comfortable, using a 22-8 run to close within 13 early in the fourth quarter.

In fact, the Yellow Jackets had the ball down 54-41 with a chance to cut it to 10 with just over four minutes left in the game. The defense, which forced 18 East Haven turnovers in the game, came up big once again, and Lily Sokolowski converted a layup at the other end to stretch the lead. East Haven would get no closer the rest of the way.

The 62 points are the most the Tigers have scored in a game all season and the most East Haven has allowed. (Contributed by Gene Gumbs)

EAST HAVEN (43)
Erin Curran 4 1-3 9, Angelina Munoz 2 0-0 4, Isabella Ragaini 2 2-2 6, Alexia Pendziwater 3 2-2 10, Taylor Salato 2 4-6 9, Tanner Punzo 0 0-0 0, Kate Pycela 0 0-0 0, Ariella Dupree 1 0-2 2, Gabriella Gaetano 1 0-1 3 , Teresa Vitello 0 0-0 0, Alice Stettinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 9-14 43.

MERCY (62)
Lilly Hedge 2 5-9 10, Ava Giansiracusa 3 1-2 7, Sophie Hedge 2 0-0 6, Lily Sokolowski 4 0-0 8, Abigail Bradbury 8 3-4 20, Avery Kohs 2 0-0 4, Lauren Kohs 0 2-2 2, Jasmine Mendez 0 1-2 1, Melina Ford 1 0-0 2, Samantha Strell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 12-16 62.

Score By Quarters
EH   9 8 14 12—43
M  15 21 12 14–62

3-Pointers: EH—Pendziwater 2, Gaetano 1, Salato 1; M—S. Hedge 2, L. Hedge 1, Bradbury 1.
Records: Mercy 9-10, East Haven 12-7.

Next Game

  • Mercy at Sheehan, Friday, 7pm

Valley Regional 64, Cromwell 39

CROMWELL – Chris Sparaco scored a game-high 17 points and had 9 rebounds as Valley’s boys basketball pushed its winning streak to 13 games with the Shoreline Conference win.

Gavin Grabowski added 11 points for the Warriors and Cade Ensinger had 8 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Gianluca Albert led Cromwell with 13 points.

VALLEY (64)
Jake Grow 2 0-0 5, Gavin Grabowski 3 3-6 11, Dylan Sparaco 1 0-0 2, JT Dickson 2 0-0 4, Chris Sparaco 8 1-3 17, Cade Ensinger 3 2-3 8, Macklin Miezejeski 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Arnum 3 0-1 6, John Tibbetts 2 0-0 4, Saager Patel 1 0-0 3, Keenan Pindar 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 6-13 64.

CROMWELL (39)
Tyler Baldwin 0 0-0 0, James Grodzicki 3 0-0 6, Connor Daly 1 2-5 4, Zykarie Wilborn 2 4-8 8, Malcolm Mention 0 1-2 1, Nick Polizonis 1 1-4 4, Justin Valentin 0 0-0 0, Matt Pepe 1 1-2 3, Gianluca Albert 5 0-0 13. Totals: 13 9-21 39.

Score By Quarters
V 16 19 10 19—64
C   6 11    9 13—39

3-Pointers: VR—Grabowski 2, Grow 1, Patel 1; C—Albert 3, Polizonis 1.
Records: Valley Regional 14-3; Cromwell 10-6.

Next Games

  • Valley hosts Coginchaug, Friday, 7pm
  • Cromwell at Morgan, Friday, 7pm

Westbrook 73, Portland 64

PORTLAND – Westbrook junior Jack Naccarato had the best scoring night in the Shoreline Conference this season, finishing with 40 points as the Purple Knights pulled away to beat the Highlanders.

Naccarato scored 29 points in the second half and hit five 3-pointers on the night as Westbrook posted its sixth win of the season. Joey Caslin (13 points) and freshman Brandon Naccarato (10) also were in double figures.

Josh Doering led Portland with 19 points and Grant Collins added 13.

WESTBROOK (73)
Joey Caslin 6 0-0 13, Sammy Freeman 2 3 7, Brenden Engles 1 0 3, Jack Naccarato 11 13 40, Luca Troop 0 0 0, Brandon Naccarato 5 0 10. Totals: 25 16 73.

PORTLAND (64)
Mason Piersall 1 1-2 4, Josh Doering 6 1-2 19, Indo Ellison 2 1-2 5, Grant Collins 4 1-2 13, Cody Daggett 1 1-2 3, Caden Charpentier 3 0-0 8, Noah Charpentier 1 0-1 3, Bryan Dinnis 3 3-6 9. Totals: 21 8-17 64.

Score By Quarters
W 17 11 21 24—73
P  12 14 19 19—64

3-Pointers: W—J. Naccarato 5, Caslin 1, Engels 1; P—Doering 6, Collins 4, C. Charpentier 2, N. Charpentier 1, Piersall 1.
Records: Westbrook 6-9; Portland 5-10.

Next Games

  • Westbrook hosts Hale-Ray, Friday, 7pm
  • Portland at Old Saybrook, Friday, 7pm

East Hampton 67, Hale-Ray 39

MOODUS – Stephen Brady led four Bellringers in double figures with 22 points in their Shoreline Conference defeat of the Noises. Zak Cunningham led Hale-Ray with 22 points.

EAST HAMPTON (67)
Chris Progano 2 0 4, Ted Zhao 4 1 10, Dan Cascio 2 0 5, Drew DiStefano 1 2 4, Grant Arcidiacono 4 0 10, Stephen Brady 8 5 22, Jye Lynch 6 0 12. Totals: 27 8 67.

HALE-RAY (39)
Zak Cunningham 8 2 22, Jacob Soucier 3 0 8, Matt Conroy 0 0 0, Antonio Dadario 0 0 0, Loudon Chupas 1 0 2, Cody Velikaneye 2 0 5, James Gagne 1 0 2. Totals: 15 2 39.

Score By Quarters
EH 15 20 21 11—67
HR 10 11 11 7—39

3-Pointers: EH—Arcidiacono 2, Brady 1, Zhao 1, Cascio 1; HR—Cunningham 4, Soucier 2, Velikaneye 1.
Records: East Hampton 9-6; Hale-Ray 9-6.

Next Games

  • East Hampton hosts Old Saybrook, Feb. 18, 4:30pm
  • Hale-Ray at Westbrook, Friday, 7pm

Old Lyme 57, Amistad 56

NEW HAVEN – Senior Aedan Using finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds as Old Lyme eked out a non-conference win over Amistad. Also contributing for the Wildcats: Brady Sheffield with 11 and Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie with 10 points apiece.

Amistad was led by Au-marion Bordeaux, who had 12 points.   

Records: Old Lyme 14-1, Amistad 9-4.

Next Game

  • Old Lyme hosts Glastonbury, Saturday, 3:30pm

Boys Swimming

Xavier 103, Daniel Hand 83

200 Medley Relay: 1. Xavier (Adam Anziano, Andrew Mitchill, Mitchell Wollen, Ben Howell), 1:43.60; 2. Xavier; 3. Hand.
200 Freestyle: 1. Andrew Mitchill (X), 1:48.88; 2. Donald Frost (X); 3. Jack Signorello (DH).
200 IM: 1. Daniel Chen (DH), 2:05.59; 2. Nikita Zuev (X); 3. Joseph Starkey (DH).
50 Freestyle: 1. Ben Howell (X), 22.92; 2. Mitchell Wollen; 3. Ian Looby (DH).
1-Meter Diving: 1. Alexander Hauser (DH), 200.90; 2. Grace Goddard (DH); 3. Jessica Murphy (DH).
100 Butterfly: 1. Nikita Zuev (X), 57.01; 2. William Porter (DH); 3. Ryan Harvey (DH).
100 Freestyle: 1. Donald Frost (X), 51.14; 2. Yavier Carbo-Colon (X); 3. Joseph Starkey (DH).
500 Freestyle: 1. Andrew Mitchill (X), 4:56.21; 2. Jack Signorello (DH); 3. Matthew Whitaker (X).
200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Xavier (Zuek, Enes, Frost, Howell), 1:33.98; 2. Xavier; 3. Xavier.
100 Backstroke: 1. Daniel Chen (DH), 57.24; 2. Ben Howell (X); 3. Samuel Enes (X).
100 Breaststroke: 1. Mitchell Wollen (X), 1:06.44; 2. Yavier Carbo-Colon (X); 3. William Torrey (X).
400 Freestyle Relay (exhibition): 1. Xavier (Zuev, San Vicente, Mitchill, Wollen), 3:25.12.

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