MERIDEN — Coaching couple John and Michelle Vieira could both celebrate Tuesday night after their respective girls basketball teams triumphed on their home courts.
Shortly after John’s Maloney Spartans held off Bristol Central 29-26, Michelle’s Cheshire Rams upset Foran 66-63 in double overtime.
Foran had gone into that SCC Housatonic game at 8-1. Cheshire, with the win, improved to 5-5.
The Rams got terrific balanced scoring in this one, putting five girls in double figures.
Emma Watkinson was the key producer in the late going. She scored 11 of her 13 points in the overtimes. Her offensive rebound and put-back sent the game into the second overtime, where she hit the deciding 3-point shot.
Kaylee Clark led the Rams with 16 points and Ari Perlini punched in 14. Grace Lurz added 11 points for Cheshire. Mia Juodaitis had 10.
Meanwhile, in Meriden, the Spartans were protecting a one-point lead when Maloney senior Alexa Papallo made a steal and hit freshman Mackenzie McCormack for the game-sealing basket.
Tuesday’s CCC South crossover victory was a far cry from the 37-point loss Maloney had suffered at Bristol Central on Dec. 20. It also put the Spartans (2-10) on the right foot heading into Thursday’s rivalry game with Platt.
Against BC (1-10), Maloney got key contributions that went well beyond the scoring column. Courtney Ubaike, celebrating her birthday, pulled down 14 rebounds. Erika Arroyo played exceptional perimete defense. Liv Aitken and Gracey Massicotte took care of the ball and limited turnovers to 13.
Massicotte finished with a team-high eight points. Aitken had six. Arroyo and Ubaike scored five apiece.
Southington 41, Suffield 26: The Blue Knights snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-7 with the non-conference victory in Southington.
Kelley Marshall and Megan Mikosz scored 12 points each to lead the home team, which nailed down the win with 8-for-12 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.
Bri Harris (10) was also in double figures for the Blue Knights.
RHAM 59, Platt 41: Despite being without one of their best players, the Panthers put up a good fight against the Sachems in this CCC interdivisional tilt in Meriden.
Jayleena Gordils scored a game-high 22 points for Platt, which was without Julia Misner. Martha Chatman added nine points for the Panthers (2-9).
RHAM (7-3) was paced by Marisa Lee’s 17 points.
Platt 69, Bristol Central 46: The Panthers led wire to wire in posting the CCC South crossover win in Bristol and improving to 8-2. Central fell to 3-6.
Andrew Malcolm scored 15 points to pace the Panthers. Adriel Gil and Roemello Leary had 13 apiece. Tre Carter canned four 3-pointers to score 12.
E.O. Smith 40, Maloney 34: The Spartans suffered their third straight setback and fell to 5-7 with the CCC interdivisional defeat in Mansfield.
E.O. Smith improved to 2-6 behind 12 points from William Evans.
Vincent Martinez had a team-high 11 for Maloney. Elliot Good scored nine.
Sheehan 72, Branford 50: The Titans remained in the winning groove, rolling past the Hornets in a SCC interdivisional game in Branford.
Sheehan built a 37-24 lead by halftime, then lowered the boom with a 30-point third quarter.
Kris Jackson scored a team-high 16 points and Tyler Carmen collected 13 as the T-Men improved to 8-3 while knocking Branford to 1-8. Jack McDonnell was good for 15 points. Xavier transfer Arthur Cordes had nine in his Sheehan debut.
Jonathan Law 51, Lyman Hall 42: The Lawmen (9-0) remained undefeated with the SCC interdivisional win over the Trojans (2-7) in Milford.
Diontae Eady (18 points) and Noah Tultis (16) led Law.
Shakespeare Rodriguez scored a team-high 12 for Lyman Hall. Austin Ruiz had 11 and Jack Vegliante finished with nine.