FRIDAY BASKETBALL: In an all-time first, Cheshire knocks off Prep; Wilcox Tech’s Ransom goes over 1,000; Samuels leads Maloney to victory

FRIDAY BASKETBALL: In an all-time first, Cheshire knocks off Prep; Wilcox Tech’s Ransom goes over 1,000; Samuels leads Maloney to victory

CHESHIRE — How rare is a Cheshire basketball victory over Fairfield Prep? About as rare as 60-degree weather in the middle of January.

The two marvels came into confluence on Friday. On a day of record warm temperatures, the Rams defeated the Jesuits for the first time ever, 57-55, in a SCC Hammonasset game.

Cheshire led 29-23 at halftime behind 10 points from Aidan Godfrey and took a 44-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Jesuits closed the gap, pulling to within three with 1:26 to go.

Godfrey finished with 15 points, as did the team’s leading scorer, Ben DeLaubell. Eric Angelone had 11 points and James Pettit added eight.

Cheshire improved to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Hammonasset. Prep, already stinging from a one-point overtime loss to undefeated Guilford on Wednesday, fell to 2-7 and 0-3.

Maloney 51, South Windsor 36: Romello Samuels poured in 22 points as Maloney snapped a six-game skid with a thrashing of South Windsor in a CCC crossover on the road.

Samuels, averaging 21.1 points per game, drained five 3-pointers. Damian Pantoja scored 12 and Trevor Santiago nine for the Spartans (2-7).

Patrick Wilson led South Windsor (5-3) with 14 points.

Wilcox Tech 67, Eli Whitney Tech 60: Junior guard D.J. Ransom scored his 1,000th career point on his first hoop of the game and went on to tally 31 as the Indians won their fifth straight.

Nick Milslagle contributed a season-high 20 for the Tribe (7-1), who played without starter Will Pawlik (ankle).

Jadakys Ward led Whitney (2-3) with 18 points. Dashoun Freeman added 14.

North Haven 66, Lyman Hall 64 (OT): Tough times continued for the Trojans with the SCC Housatonic loss in North Haven. LH, now 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the division, has lost four straight.

R.J. Hager netted a game-high 22 points as North Haven improved to 5-2 and 1-1.

Lyman Hall had four players in double digits led by Kevin Ransom (19 points), Austin Ruiz (14), Shakespeare Rodriguez (10) and Cam Regan (10).

Guilford 65, Sheehan 41: The Indians (8-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten with the SCC Hammonasset victory over the Titans in Guilford.

Sheehan falls 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the division.

Girls basketball

Amity 56, Sheehan 45: Trailing 26-23 at intermission, the Spartans took control of this SCC crossover game in Wallingford by outscoring the Titans 19-8 in the third quarter and 33-19 for the second half.

 Amanda Granados scored 23 points and Tara Laugeni added 18 for Amity (4-5), which shot 22-for-29 at the line, including 10-for-16 in the fourth quarter. Most of that was from Granados, who hit nine of 14 free throws in the frame.

Sheehan had just one scorer in double figures and that was Liv Robles with 22. The Titans saw a three-game win streak end. They are now 6-3 overall.

Lyman Hall 54, North Haven 38: The Trojans snapped a three-game skid with the SCC Oronoque victory in Wallingford over neighboring North Haven.

LH (5-5, 1-3 Oronoque) established 15-9 lead in first quarter made it stand up the rest of the way. Kailey Lipka hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers late in the third quarter to enable the Trojans to take a 40-30 lead into the final frame.

Lipka finished with a game-high 15 points. Hailey Bruneau added 11 points for LH. Julia Capelllo and Elise Hastings had six apiece.

Zoi Burns had 13 for North Haven (4-5, 0-2 Oronoque).

Career 68, Cheshire 49: Mia Juodaitis remains on a scoring tear with 23 more points in a SCC Housatonic loss in New Haven.

Sara Mulligan and Ariana Perlini both had nine points for Cheshire, which fell to 4-7 overall and 0-3 in the Housy.

Ciara Little paced the Panthers (6-3, 4-0) with 17 points.

Wilcox Tech 43, Eli Whitney Tech 27: The Indians raced to their third straight win behind the scoring of Sam Petro.

Petro, leading Wilcox (5-3) at a scoring clip of over 17 points per game, scored 18. Nicole Tiezzi followed with nine and Tatiana Gonzalez had eight.

The Indians are 5-0 in the league with their only losses coming against Platt (2) and Maloney. Whitney (2-3) was led by Shaenna Boles with 10 points.


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