The Middletown girls basketball team’s season started on a winning note Tuesday as the Blue Dragons defeated host Hall 63-52 behind a 21-point night from senior Tyah Pettaway.

Middletown led by 11 after the first quarter and opened up a 36-18 lead at halftime. The Blue Dragons led by 20 in the final minutes of the game before a late surge by Hall.

Senior guard Shadae Bushay finished with 16 points for Middletown. The Blue Dragons’ home opener is Friday against Manchester, a 5:15pm start.

Mackenzie Mandycz had three 3-pointers and led Hall with 15 points.

MIDDLETOWN (1-0)
Shalyn Smith 2 2 6, Jada Bryant 2 1 5, Alexa DeSena 2 0 5, Tyah Pettaway 6 8 21, Jahne Carrenard 2 1 5, Tajahnae Brock 1 3 5, Shadae Bushay 6 3 16. Totals: 21 18 63.

HALL (0-1)
Talia Sortman 4 2 10, Meghan Murray 1 0 2, Rylan Priest 4 0 9, Mackenzie Mandyck 4 4 15, Julia Zydanowicz 3 0 6, Anna Siciliano 0 1 1, Madison Maxwell 1 0 2, Abby Magendantz 1 5 7. Totals: 18 12 52.

Score By Quarters
Middletown…19 17 15 12–63
Hall……………..8 10 11 23–52

3-pointers: Middletown: Pettaway 1, Bushay, DeSena 1; Hall: Mandyck 3, Priest 1.
Next game: Middletown vs. Manchester, Friday, 5:15pm.

Portland 43, Old Saybrook 35

OLD SAYBROOK (0-1)
Breleigh Cooke 4 0 10, Nora Kulmann 1 1-2 3, Ella Hagelstom 4 1-3 9, Cassy Johnson 1 2-2 4, Alex Ling 1 0 2, Meghan Wilcox 1 0-0 2, Kylie Lake 1 1-3 3, Makenna Cooke 0 0-0 2. Totals: 13 7-14 35.

PORTLAND (1-0)
Hannah Brunk 7 6-13 21, Kendra Schoeps 1 0-4 2, Morganne Pineda 5 4-8 14, Sam Lasky 1 1-2 5, Jamie Lasky 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15 12-29 43.

3-pointers: OS: Cooke 2; Portland: Brunk 1.
Next games: Portland at Westbrook, Thursday; Old Saybrook vs. Hale-Ray, Thursday.

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