Pictured: Callie Holzer, shown in a recent game against Cromwell, scored 30 in Monday night’s win over Valley Regional. (Photo by Paul Augeri)

Sophomore Callie Holzer drained six 3-pointers as part of her 30-point performance Monday and North Branford dealt Valley Regional its first loss of the girls basketball season, 67-56.

The Warriors lost for the first time following an 11-0 start.

The host Thunderbirds, who improved to 11-5 with four regular-season games to go, used a 15-5 run in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead into halftime. They kept the lead at double digits entering the fourth.

Senior Braeden LeBeau finished with 21 points and Keana Crisculo chipped in with 12 as North Branford returned the favor of a 38-point loss to Valley in December.

Lily Grow, back at full strength after missing the last two weeks with a knee injury, scored 22 points for Valley, as did Abby Bradbury, the team’s leading scorer.

VALLEY REGIONAL (11-1)
Ava Cunningham 1 1 3, Abby Bradbury 4 11 22, Bitzy Klomp 1 0 2, Liz Allen 1 0 3, Olivia Cunningham 2 0 4, Siena Schaller 0 0 0, Lily Grow 7 8 22, Regan Grow 0 0 0, Sharmel Rivera 0 0 0, Rubee Cecchini 0 0 0. Totals: 16 20 56.

NORTH BRANFORD (11-5)
Callie Holzer 8 8 30, Braeden LeBeau 9 3 21, Adriana Hills 0 0 0, Hanna Senerchia 0 0 0, Keana Criscuolo 3 4 12, Delaney Norman 0 0 0, Catherine Poulin 0 0 0, Natalia Lucibello 1 0 2, Marissa Ricardo 1 0 2. Totals: 22 15 67.

Score By Quarters
Valley Regional…13  5 22 16–56
North Branford….13 15 25 14–67

3-pointers: Valley–Bradbury 3, Allen; North Branford–Holzer 6, Criscuolo 2.
Up next: Valley at East Hampton, Friday, 6; North Branford vs. H-K, Friday, 7.

In other girls basketball games Monday:

Newington 66, Cromwell 44

NEWINGTON (15-1)
Lily Ferguson 4 4-8 12, Bella Cucata 5 1-2 15, Marlie Zocco 4 0-0 10, Kendall Miller 4 2-2 13, Karissa Zocco 2 0-0 6, Adriana Romano 3 0-0 6, Arianna Barnes 0 0-0 0, Selah Prignano 1 0-0 2, Isabella Stair 0 0-0 0, Brianna Gadarowski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 7-12 64.

CROMWELL (9-2)
Grace Mikan 2 0-0 6, Cameryn Hickey 3 1-2 7, Jessica Grodzicki 4 1-1 9, Nevaeh Clark 5 0-0 13, Adela Cecunjanin 2 5-6 9, Kayla Nappi 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-9 44.

Score By Quarters
Newington….14 11 24 15–64
Cromwell……20 12   5   7–44

3-pointers: Newington–Cucata 4, Miller 3, K. Zocco 2, M. Zocco 2; Cromwell–Clark 3, Mikan 2.
Of note: Newington, No. 1 in the state before last week’s loss to East Hartford, erased a 7-point halftime deficit with a 12-0 run to start the third quarter. The Nor’easters outscored Cromwell 24-5, hitting five 3-point shots in the quarter to win going away. UMass-bound Ferguson had 12 points and 9 assists. Clark had 7 boards and 5 assists for the Panthers and Cecunjanin had 12 rebounds.
Up next: Cromwell at H-K, Tuesday, 7.

Morgan 37, Haddam-Killingworth 35

MORGAN (9-4)
Maeve Madura 1 1-4 3, Caeley Ayer 3 2-2 9, Ava Johnson 2 3-4 7, Katie Martin 4 3-3 11, Sofie Passante 1 0-0 3, Victoria O’Neill 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 9-13 37.

HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH (4-9)
Kaleigh Bodak 5 3-8 13, Julia Favalora 2 0-1 4, Audra Yazmer 1 0-0 2, Ella Commerford 3 0-0 8, Ana Garcia 2 2-2 6, Ella Geissler 1 0-2 2, Brenna Lonergan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 5-13 35.

Score By Quarters
Morgan…7 13 5 12–37
H-K……..10 5 14 6–35

3-pointers: Morgan–Ayer 1, Passante 1; H-K–Commerford 2.
Of note: Bodak also 8 rebounds and 2 assists to go with her team-high 13 points, and Favalora had 4 assists.
Up next: Morgan at East Hampton, Tuesday, 7; H-K vs. Cromwell, Tuesday. 7

Old Lyme 45, Coginchaug 42

COGINCHAUG (5-7)
Hannah Nielsen 3 0-0 6, Sophie Farr 2 0-0 4, Serena Fournier 1 0-0 2, Katie Farr 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Woodward 2 1-2 5, Mia Poturnicki 3 2-2 8, Chloe Shafir 4 2-5 11. Totals: 18 5-13 42.

OLD LYME (7-6)
Ava Roth 2 0-0 4, Kate Walsh 2 2-5 6, Ali Kyle 0 0-1 0, Alexis Fenton 10 0-3 22, Megan Loflin 3 7-10 13. Totals: 17 9-19 45.

Score By Quarters
Coginchaug….6 12 10 14–42
Old Lyme…….11 17 10 7–45

3-pointers: Coginchaug–Shafir 1; Old Lyme–Fenton 2.
Of note: Loflin pulled down 14 rebounds for the Wildcats and Fenton had 4 steals to go with her game-high 20 points.
Up next: Coginchaug vs. Cromwell, Thursday, 7; Old Lyme at Portland, Friday, 7.

Daniel Hand 52, Mercy 37

MERCY (9-4)
Sophie Hedge 5 1-1 13, Ava Giansiracusa 3 1-2 7, Avery Kohs 2 0-0 5, Lily Schoonmaker 1 0-0 2, Kate Donlan 1 0-0 2, Winnie Ciccarello 3 0-1 8. Totals: 15 2-4 37.

HAND (10-2)
Brooke Salutari 2 3-4 9, Sophia Coppola 6 6-8 18, Coco Rourke 2 0-0 4, Maya Blomberg 1 0-0 2, Natalie Lucas 3 0-0 7, Annie Goodrich 2 0-0 4, Aubrey Canth 3 0-0 8. Totals: 19 9-12 52.

Score By Quarters
Mercy….9 5 15 8–37
Hand….17 9 14 12–52

3-pointers: Mercy–Hedge 2, Ciccarello 2, Kohs 1; Hand–Salutari 2, Canth 2, Lucas 1.
Up next: Mercy vs. Sheehan, Wednesday, 7.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Middletown 71, Plainville 33

PLAINVILLE (3-11)
Roman Lee 0 3-5 3, George James 1 0-0 3, Artem Mojica 3 0-0 9, Brennan Staubley 1 2-5 5, Joe Vasquez 1 2-6 4, Cam LeMothe 4 1-3 9. Totals: 10 8-19 33.

Elijah Wilborn of Middletown looks to pass in Monday’s game against Plainville. (Photo by Cynthia Wilborn)

MIDDLETOWN (8-3)
Chace Petgrave 3 0-1 7, Matt Steuerwald 4 0-0 10, Tim Vaughters 1 0-0 2, Omar Gutierrez 5 0-2 12, Elijah Wilborn 3 2-2 8, Quadir Murphy 1 1-2 3, Marshall Butler 2 0-0 6, Adison Brown 4 0-0 9, Nasir McDaniel 1 1-2 3, Justice Freeman 1 0-0 2, Quincy Rhodes 1 0-0 2, Teejay Jackson 0 0-0 0, Dariyon Drake 1 2-4 4, Caiden Byrd 1 0-0 3. Totals: 28 6-13 71.

Score By Quarters
Plainville……..3 10 11 9–33
Middletown..18 17 18 18–71

3-pointers: Plainville–Mojica 3, James 1, Staubley 1; Middletown–Steuerwald 2, Gutierrez 2, Butler 2, Petgrave 1, Brown 1, Byrd 1.
Up next: Middletown vs. Platt, Wednesday, 5:15.

Xavier 53, Sheehan 34

XAVIER (7-6)
John Carrozzella 1 0-0 2, Ethan Bessoni 2 0-0 4, Colby Ciampi 7 2-3 17, Vik Vakati 2 1-1 5, Anthony Parker 7 1-4 17, Aidan Driscoll 3 2-4 8, Mark Schoonmaker 0 0-2 0. Totals: 22 6-14 53.

SHEEHAN (6-8)
Kyron Coviello 1 2-2 4, Isaiah Hernandez 3 0-0 6, Jaiden Kapoor 2 3-4 7, Alex Moralez 4 0-0 10, Ryan Gersz 1 0-0 2, Vin Carbone 1 0-0 3; Ethan Pabon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 5-6 34.

Score By Quarters
Xavier…….12 11 18 12–53
Sheehan….7   8 12   7–34

3-pointers: Xavier–Parker 2, Ciampi 1; Sheehan–Moralez 2, Carbone 1.
Of note: Parker dished out 10 assists to go with his 17 points.
Up next: Xavier at Hamden, Thursday, 7.

Valley Regional 41, North Branford 32

NORTH BRANFORD (2-11)
Drew Girardi 1 0 2, Jack Meehan 1 0 2, Lanaello 1 0 2, Blake Pearson 4 1 11, John Onofrio 3 0 7, Jake Saldutti 2 2 6, Kyle Stegina 2 0 4 Totals 13 3 32.

VALLEY REGIONAL (7-7)
Di’Angelo Jean-Pierre 5 5 17, Simon Partyka 2 0 5, Andrew Yermenson 1 0 3, Kevin King 0 0 0, Sam Hutchinson 4 0 8, James Marsden 1 0 2, Brayden Shea 3 0 6. Totals: 16 5 41.

Score By Quarters
Valley Regional….8 10 11 12–41
North Branford….14  4   8   6–32

3-pointers: Valley–Jean-Pierre 2, Partyka 1, Yermenson 1; North Branford–Pearson 2, Onofrio 1.
Of note: Jean-Pierre also had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while Partyka finished with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 5 steals.
Up next: Valley vs. Wethersfield, Wednesday, 7; North Branford vs. H-K, Wednesday, 7.

Old Lyme 41, Coginchaug 34

OLD LYME (5-8)
Nick Cox 3 0-0 6, John Almy 3 7-9 15, Jacob Ritchie 1 1-2 3, Frank Sablone 1 2-4 4, Casey Hurtgen 0 0-0 0, Caden Monte 3 0-0 6, Calvin Monte 0 1-2 1, Mav Swaney 3 0-2 6. Totals: 14 11-19 41.

COGINCHAUG (2-9)
Sam Whittle 0 1-3 1, Connor Willett 2 2-4 7, Colin Murphy 0 0-0 0, Jayson Penney 8 2-4 20, Adam Schaffer 0 0-0 0, Henry Bugai 2 1-1 6, Preston Mennone 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 6-12 34.

Score By Quarters
Old Lyme……..6 9 11 15–41
Coginchaug..15 6   7   6–34

3-pointers: Old Lyme–Almy 2; Coginchaug–Penney 2, Willett 1, Bugai 1.
Up next: Coginchaug vs. Somers, Wednesday, 7; Old Lyme vs. Portland, Friday, 7.

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