TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Jack & the Rams regain their stride; Wilcox girls stay on course for CTC showdowns; LH swimmers gather first win

BRANFORD — The Cheshire boys basketball team snapped out of a four-game slide with a 60-49 SCC Quinnipiac victory Tuesday night over Branford.

Sparked by a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter by Connor Hayes, the Rams carved out a 26-23 lead by the break, then pushed the advantage to double figures by outscoring the Hornets 19-10 in the third quarter.

Bennett Crerar scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half. Hayes finished with 10.

Also for Cheshire (4-9), Jack Markarian returned to action after a four-game absence and scored 9 points. Matt Jeffery was good for 8.

Branford fell to 2-9 with its second loss of the season to the Rams.

Foran 58, Lyman Hall 34: Chace Sealy had a team-high 13 points for the Trojans in the SCC interdivisional setback in Milford. Both teams are now 5-7.

Whitney Tech 71, Wilcox Tech 44: Morrison Beck had 27 points for the Wildcats in the loss to the CTC front-running Inventors in Hamden.

Whitney raised its mark to 10-1. Wilcox is 3-10.

Girls basketball

Wilcox Tech 50, Whitney Tech 14: The Wildcats rolled to their fifth straight win, beating the winless Inventors in Meriden.

Zulal Kangal single-handedly outscored Whitney (0-11) with 16 points. Freshman Sadie Vernon was good for 13.

Aliah Biro added 7 points for the Wildcats and Chloe Enger contributed 6.

At 9-3, Wilcox is tied for the best record in the Connecticut Technical Conference with Windham Tech. The two teams meet next Tuesday in Windham. This Thursday, Wilcox hosts 8-4 O’Brien Tech.

Hall 45, Platt 35: The Titans outscored the Panthers 29-22 after the break to extend a 16-13 halftime lead and wrap up the CCC crossover verdict in Meriden.

Freshman guard Leah Berey paced three Hall players in double figures with 22 points.

Platt’s Antwanette Tann had the game high with 23. The senior forward nearly posted a triple-double, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking 9 shots.

Zaria Calloway added 7 points for the Panthers, who take a record of 5-8 into Wednesday’s rivalry game at Maloney. Hall is 2-9.

Lyman Hall 45, Shelton 21: The Trojans (6-7) earned their state tournament-clinching win with the SCC crossover decision in Wallingford.

Grace Mik (15 points) and Callie Chordas (13) were in double figures as the Trojans, who won 46-29 in Shelton in December, completed a season sweep.

LH got out to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter and pushed the gap to 31-10 by the break.

The Gaels dropped to 2-12 with their fifth straight loss.

Hillhouse 61, Cheshire 41: Recent trends reversed in this SCC Oronoque matchup in New Haven. The Academics snapped a two-game skid while ending a two-game Cheshire win streak.

Hillhouse (5-7) led wire to wire, ending the first quarter up 22-12 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Nielle Reaves. By halftime, it was 36-21.

The victory completed a season sweep. Hillhouse won 44-40 in Cheshire in December.

The Rams (3-11) got a career-high 16 points from Anna Hurlbut in the rematch. Amelia Perlini added 8.

Reaves finished with a game-high 28 for Hillhouse.


Branford 60, Cheshire 18: The Rams got pins from 138-pounder Jake Tierney, 145 Connor Nash and 160 Rome Smith in the SCC loss to the Hornets in Cheshire.

Boys swimming

Southington 97, Conard 84: A sweep of the relays combined with two individual wins apiece from Peter Zalewski, Brandon Tito, Matt Siwek and Matt Niro powered the Blue Knights to the CCC West road victory at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center.

With the win, Southington raised its unbeaten record to 5-0.

Zalewski, Tito, Siwek and Niro started their day combining on the first-place 200 medley relay (1:43.92).

Zalewski went on to sweep the 200 freestyle (1:49.23) and 500 free (4:51.47), while Tito took the 200 IM (2:06.34) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.49).

Siwek captured the freestyle sprints, touching in 22.75 in the 50 and 50.67 in the 100. Niro gathered gold in the 100 butterfly (53.98) and 100 backstroke (57.01).

On the freestyle relays, Siwek and Tito joined forces with Harper McPhee and Alex LeClair on the 200 (1:38.59). Zalewski and Niro teamed with Alex LeClair and Mike Zalewski on the 400 (3:35.85).

Southington made it a clean sweep of all 12 events by taking diving behind Alex Rosania and his high score of 291.75.

Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 91, West Haven 79: The Trojans (1-5) picked up their first win of the season, dunking the Blue Devils in a SCC Division II meet at Sheehan.

LH got a pair of victories from Jerick and Kendrick Lagamao, as well as first-place finishes from Liam Fitzpatrick in the 50 freestyle (26.74), Ryan Christopoulos in the 500 free (5:46.03) and Wini Zhou in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.35).

The Trojans also took diving, with Jenn Venegas compiling a high score of 162.65.

Jerick Lagamao captured the 100 butterfly (58.04) and 200 freestyle (1:53.03). Kendrick Lagamao mastered the 100 free (55.47) and 200 IM (2:17.94).

The Lagamaos teamed with Christopoulos and Jessica Rinaldi on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:43.65).

Christopoulos, Jay Zhao, Jerick Lagamao and Shane Fitzpatrick were the winning combination on the 200 medley (2:00.17).


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