Victor Martinez scores 22 as 11-0 Spartans defeat Blue Dragons for second time in 2021; despite defeat, Middletown still in running for berth in CCC’s championship tournament.
Teams come up winners in the clutch on Monday, while Portland’s loss to undefeated Morgan sends Highlanders tumbling to fifth seed as postseason tournament looms.
Middletown rebounds from loss to Newington behind Pettaway, Smith, Henderson, Mayo and Bryant; Sophie Hedge’s 15 points spark Tigers (8-3) to 45-34 victory over Titans (10-1).
Panthers roll behind defense and scoring from Grodzicki (19 points), Wilborn (16) and Morgan (14), remain in battle with Portland (also 7-3) for No. 2 seed in Shoreline tournament.
Elsewhere in the Shoreline: Old Lyme beats Valley in OT; Panthers catch fire in fourth, Morgan scores 22; Johnson nets 22 for 9-0 Huskies; Bellringers hold Portland to 35 in win.
One of the conference’s top all-around talents (19.5 ppg) continues recovery from February wrist injury; Warriors (5-3) say they’ll continue to play hard for him.
“You have to trust yourself in a situation like that,” Cougars senior says after team overtakes an improving Coginchaug squad for 61-57 Shoreline Conference victory.
Panthers’ Gianluca Albert hits tying 3 at end of regulation, but Highlanders (6-2) prevail. Also Thursday: Menard scores 35 in Xavier’s OT win; Tolve drives Saybrook with 21; Morgan 8-0.
Pettaway leads all scores with 29 in Dragons’ 48-44 defeat. Also Tuesday: Berens, DeMartino & Shafir pace Coginchaug; Noises’ Chupas pours in 30, but Rams’ Stratton (18 in 4th) laughs last.
Coach defeats his former player, Portland coach David Bradbury Jr., Simon Partyka has 22-point night. Also Monday, Menard nets 26 for Xavier; Westbrook’s Jack Naccarato hits 1,000 mark.