Middletown Falls Short In OT Loss To No. 3 Newington

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Middletown High’s girls basketball team came up just short in its bid to upset No. 3-ranked Newington on Tuesday, falling in overtime 48-44 on Tuesday night at LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium.

Middletown junior Tyah Pettaway scored a game-high 29 points for the Blue Dragons.

“My team played their absolute hearts out for 36 minutes and went toe-to-toe with the third-ranked team in the state,” Middletown coach Rob Smernoff said. “Newington is an exceptional 3 point shooting team and we were able to limit their outside looks very well.”

Newington was denied even one 3-point field goal, but did enough to remain unbeaten through six games in the Central Connecticut Conference.

The Blue Dragons suffered their first loss after a 5-0 start. Kya Mayo contributed 10 points for Middletown.

“At the end of the day it was two really good teams playing at a high level,” Smernoff said. “Tyah and Kya clearly were very good on the offensive end. We will look to make a few adjustments knowing we play Newington in eight days, which will again be a great challenge. We clearly showed we can play with the best teams in the CCC and the state.”

Lilley Ferguson led Newington with 18 points.

Middletown is off until March 9 when they play Bulkeley/SMSA on the road at 5:30 p.m.

NEWINGTON (6-0)
Karissa Zocco 2-2-6; Alexie Armour 4-0-8; Madison Romanello 4-2-10; Adriana Romano 3-0-6; Lilley Ferguson 7-4-18. Totals: 20-8-48.

MIDDLETOWN (5-1)
Jenaya Salafia 0-0-0; Jada Bryant 0-2-2; Tyah Pettaway 11-4-29; Kya Mayo 4-0-10; Shadae Bushay 1-1-3. Totals: 16-7-44.

Score By Quarters
N 7 12 10 9 10–48
M 14 8 8 8 6–44

3-Pointers: M–Pettaway 3, Mayo 2.

In other games involving area teams Tuesday:

Coginchaug 60, Portland 33

COGINCHAUG (5-2)
Hannah Nielsen 1 1-2 3, Chloe Shafir 5 3-7 14, Katie Farr 3 2-3 8, Alyssa Woodward 1 0-0 2, Jessica Berens 8 2-3 18, Amalia DeMartino 6 3-4 15. Totals 24 11-19 60.

PORTLAND (1-6)
Ava Hurley 5 0-0 12, Izzy McClelland 0 1-2 1, Hannah Brunk 4 1-3 10, Carly Graves 2 4-6 8, Sam Lasky 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 6-11 33.

Score By Quarters
C 10 13 20 17–60
P 8 7 8 10–33

3-Pointers: C–Shafir 1; P–Hurley 2, Brunk 1.

Mercy 48, Guilford 23

MERCY (7-1)
Avery Kohs 1 1-2 4, Sophie Hedge 7 1-2 18, Ava Giansiracusa 3 0-0 8, Jasmine Mendez 1 0-0 2, Melina Ford 1 2-4 4, Lily Schoonmaker 3 1-2 7. Totals: 18 5-10 48.

GUILFORD (0-8)
Moira Kellaher 2 2-2 7, Miabella Diaz 2 0-0 4, Faith O’Donnell 1 4-5 7, Hailey Hutchinson 0 1-2 1, Rachel Ellison 0 2-2 2, Alex Matthews 1 0-2 2, Alexie Gipson 0 0-1 0. Totals: 6 9-14 23.

Score By Quarters
M 9 6 17 16–48
G 7 5 7 4–23

3-Pointers: M–Hedge 3, Giansiracusa 2, A. Kohs 1; G–Kellaher 1, O’Donnell 1.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Middletown 58, Newington 53

MIDDLETOWN (6-1)
Matthew Steuerwald 2-2-6, Mekhi Toler 6-2-14, Chace Petgrave 4-4-13, Elijah Wilborn 7-1-15, Dariyon Drake 4-1-10. Totals: 23 10 58.

NEWINGTON (3-3)
J. Grange 2-0-5, G Gray 3-0-8, W. Coglizordi 1-0-3, J. Ross 1-0-2, T. Guest 3-1-8, A. Cuato 3-0-8, S. Hurley 1-3-6, Z. Bennett 4-2-11, N. Turn 1-0-2. Totals: 19 6 53.

3-Pointers: M–Petgrave 1, Drake 1; N–Cuato 2, Gray 2, Grange 1, Coglizordi 1, Guest 1, Hurley 1, Bennett.

Portland 60, Coginchaug 44

PORTLAND (5-2)
Cody Daggett 5 1-1 11, TJ Reddington 1 0-0 2, Mason Piersall 5 3-7 13, Noah Charpentier 1 2-2 4, Cam Latronica 2 1-2 5, Luke Franceso 2 0-0 5, Eli Evison 7 1-2 15, Chris Vargas 2 0-1 5. Totals: 25 8-15 60.

COGINCHAUG (1-5)
Jake Dykas 1 0-0 3, A.J. DeFilio 10 3-3 23, Tyler Garretson 4 4-5 12, Terry Murphy 3 0-0 6, Jayson Penney 0 0-0 0. 18 7-8 44.

Score By Quarters
P 17 7 12 24—60
C  5 14 9  16—44

3-Pointers: P—Francesco 1, Vargas 1; C–Dykas 1.

Old Saybrook 59, Hale-Ray 55

HALE-RAY (4-3)
Matt Conroy 2 0-0 4, Loudon Chupas 11 5-5 30, Mamush Ciccarello 3 2-4 11, Ross Kuluga 1 2-2 4, Braden Lankrage 0 0-0 0, Miles Gagne 1 0-0 3, Nate Matetich 1 0-0 3. Totals: 20 9-11 55.

OLD SAYBROOK (4-3)
Ben Yost 4 0-0 8, Riley Lawson 3 0-1 7, Ryan Stratton 7 6-10 24, Auggie Albert 7 2-3 16, Jake Butler 0 0-0 0, Aaron Tolve 1 1-2 4. Totals: 22 9-16 59.

Score By Quarters
HR 11 6 24 18–55
OS 15 11 10 23–59

3-Pointers: HR–Chupas 3, Ciccarello 3, Gagne 1, Matetich 1; OS–Stratton 4, Tolve 1, Lawson 1.

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