Morgan Secures 2 Seed In Shoreline, Old Lyme Falls To 4

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East Hampton held Old Lyme to three fourth-quarter points and pulled away for a 45-30 girls basketball victory over the Wildcats on Monday, injecting some clarity into the Shoreline Conference tournament seedings.

The unbeaten Bellringers’ 11th win was marred by an injury to senior forward Angela Mercaldi, who went down with an apparent leg injury near the team’s bench with less than a minute left. Mercaldi, who’s missed a few games this season, had to be helped from the court.

Mya Field and Hannah Barrientos led East Hampton with 11 points each in the team’s 18th straight win over a Shoreline opponent dating to last season. Mercaldi had 8 points. Emily DeRoehn led Old Lyme with 9 points.

Old Lyme (8-3) was in the running for the No. 2 seed in the Shoreline tournament, but fell to the fourth spot after its second straight loss.

Morgan (9-2) turned back Portland and Cromwell (9-2) took care of Hale-Ray on Monday, with the No. 2 seed going to the Huskies by virtue of their early-season victory over the Panthers.

The top four will host tournament quarterfinal-round games on Monday. All seeds and pairings will be finalized after Tuesday’s Valley Regional/Hale-Ray game. The tournament starts Saturday with four first-round games.

OLD LYME (8-3)
Grace Lathrop  1 0 2, Sam Gray 3 0 8, Ellie Zrenda 1 1 3, Emily DeRoehn 3 3 9, Ali Kyle 0 0 0, Alexis Fenton 2 0 5, Megan Loflin 1 1 3. Totals: 11 5 30.

EAST HAMPTON (11-0)
Meryl Curtin  2 0 6, Angela Mercaldi 2 4 8, Mya Field 5 1 11, Hannah Barrientos 5 1 11, Danielle Adams 3 1 7, Delaney Russell 0 0 0, Jackie Russell 1 0 2, Jordan Murphy 0 0 0, Madison Yorker 0 0 0. Totals: 18 7 45.

Score By Quarters
OL 10 9 8 3–30
EH 13 13 7 12–45

3-Pointers: OL–Gray 2, Fenton 1; EH–Curtin 2.

In other girls games on Monday:

Morgan 48, Portland 45

MORGAN (9-2)
Catie Donadio 6 10-12 22, Caeley Ayer 2 2-3 7, Katie Martin 3 1-1 7, Sofie Passante 0 0-0 0, Alex Kelly 3 0-0 6, Ava Johnson 2 0-0 6. Totals: 14 13-16 48.

PORTLAND (2-9)
Ava Hurley 1 0-0 3, Isabelle McClelland 3 0-0 7, Hannah Bruno 7 1-2 15, Carley Graves 2 1-4 6, Sam Lasky 6 2-2 14 . Totals: 19 4-8 45.

Score By Quarters
M 14 12 6 16–48
P 7 10 15 13–45

3-Pointers: M–Johnson 2, Ayer 1; P–Graves 1, Hurley 1, McClelland 1.
Of note: Donadio had 4 steals, 4 assists and 3 blocks for the Huskies.

Cromwell 47, Hale-Ray 16

CROMWELL (9-2)
Monica Dewey 1 0-0 3, Nevaeh Clark 5 1-2 11, Jessica Grodzicki 7 1-2 15, Likhita Chanda 4 0-0 10, Adela Cecunjanin 4 0-0 8, Kayla Nappi 0 0-0 0, Leah Pepe 0 0-0 0, Sophia Santangelo 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 2-4 47.

HALE-RAY (3-6)
Winnie Ciccarello 4 3-5 12, Kayla Bartolotta 1 0-0 2, Lexi DeSiata 0 0-0 0, Gabby Aquilera 0 0-0 0, Brooke Praskievicz 0 1-4 1, Jenna Haentjens 0 1-2 1, Jessica Stricker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 5 5-11 16.

Score By Quarters
C 14 14 10 9—47
HR 1 6 5 4—16

3-Pointers: C—Chanda 2, Dewey 1, ; HR—Ciccarello 1.

Valley Regional 64, Coginchaug 32

COGINCHAUG (7-4)
Samber 0 1-2 1, Nielsen 1 1-2 3, Woodward 0 0-0 0, Shafir 5 2-4 15, Farr 1 0-0 2, DeMartino 2 1-2 5, Fournier 1 4-8 6, Poturnicki 0 0-1 0. Totals: 10 9-18 32.

VALLEY REGIONAL (6-4)
Ava Cunningham 2 0-4, Addi Marchese 1 1-4 3, Alena Crosby 3 2-4 11, Lily Grow 9 0-0 18, Abby Bradbury 3 1-1 10, Olivia Cunningham 5 2-2 12, Liz Allen 1 1-2 4  Totals: 24 7-15 64.

3-Pointers: C–Shafir 3; VR–Crosby 3, Bradbury 3, Marchese 1, Allen 1.

Haddam-Killingworth 49, Old Saybrook 36

OLD SAYBROOK (2-9)
Taylor Stone 2 3-6 8, Abby Bergeron 2 2-2 6, Priscilla Gumkowski 3 1-2 9, Cassie Johnson 2 0-1 4, Mackenna Cooke 0 0-2 0, Ella Hagelston 0 0-0 0, Jenna Tully 2 4-6 9, Meghan Wilcox 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 11 36.

HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH (3-8)
Kaleigh Bodak 8 1-2 17, Carly Rettberg 1 1-2 3, Payton Yazmer 8 0-0 16, Julia Favalora 2 0-0 4, Audra Yazmer 2 2-2 4, Tessa Wills 1 1-2 3, Ella McGlynn 0 2-4 2, Kelsey Lonergan 0 0-0 0, Jordan O’Linn 0 0-0 0 Totals 21 7 49.

Score By Quarters
OS 0 9 16 11–36
HK 13 6 15 15–49

3-Pointers: OS–Stone 1, Gumkowski 1, Tully 1.
Of note: Bodak grabbed 10 rebounds, Audra Yazmer had 12 rebounds and 4 assists, Payton Yazmer had 6 rebounds and Favalora (4 assists, 2 steals) and Rettberg (4 assists, 2 steals) also contributed.

Middletown 56, Rocky Hill 28

MIDDLETOWN (8-2)
Jenaya Salafia 1-0-2; Jada Bryant 3-3-9; Aysia Henderson 1-0-2; Tyah Pettaway 9-0-21; Kya Mayo 5-0-12; Jahne Carrenard 1-0-2; Shadae Bushay 4-0-8. Totals: 24-3-56.

ROCKY HILL (1-3)
Hannah Connely 2-0-4; Alyssa Gau 2-0-4; Kate Oosterndorp 0-1-1;Jillian Chipkin 4-1-9; Jennifer Kimball 2-1-5; Peggy Minga 2-0-5. Totals: 12-3-28.

3-Pointers: RH–Minga 1; M–Pettaway 3, Mayo 2.

Hamden 49, Mercy 29

MERCY (8-4)
Avery Kohs 1 0-0 2, Sophie Hedge 5 3-4 16, Ava Giansiracusa 2 0-0 6, Jasmine Mendez 1 0-2 2, Melina Ford 1 0-0 2, Kate Donlan 0 1-2 1, Lauren Kohs 0 0-2 0. Totals: 10 4-10 29.

HAMDEN (9-3)
Diamond White 3 3-4 9, Thailyn Jeter 1 4-6 6, Gianna Donnarummo 1 7-8 10, Aianna Philpotts 3 2-6 9, Leah Philpotts 3 3-5 9, Leila Smith 1 0-0 2, Caroline Ennius 1 2-2 4. Totals:13 21-31 49.

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