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FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Girls night out on hoop circuit; Tann, Beck terrific in defeat; CHS upsets East Haven; SHS out-swims Meriden

Big team wins and big individual performances were the hallmarks of this Friday night in area arenas.

The Wilcox Tech and Maloney girls basketball teams were winners on the road, while Cheshire knocked off East Haven at home and Southington won the fourth quarter to turn away Wethersfield.

Two Meriden players had remarkable performances, albeit in defeat. Morrison Beck of Wilcox Tech cranked out 40 points in a loss to Wolcott Tech, while Antwanette Tann had a 19-point, 21-rebound double-double in Platt’s loss to Bloomfield.

Also, in swimming, two unbeaten area teams — Southington and the Meriden Co-op — went head to head, with the Blue Knights gliding away with the win. Here are the details.

Girls basketball

Wilcox Tech 52, Wolcott Tech 37: The Wildcats took this CTC contest in Torrington by 15 points and it wasn’t even that close.

Wilcox built leads of 26-7 by halftime and 44-16 by the end of three quarters to notch their third straight victory.

Freshman Sadie Vernon drained eight shots from the field and went 5-for-8 at the line to tally a season-high 21 points.

Wilcox also got contributions from Zanri Barnett (9 points), Aliah Biro (8) and Zulal Kangal (7).

At 8-3, the Wildcats share the best record in the CTC with O’Brien Tech and Windham Tech. Wilcox hosts O’Brien next Thursday and travels to Windham Tech on Jan. 31.

Maloney 41, Hartford Public 19: Freshman guard Skyler Burke lit up the Owls for 20 points and senior forward Nadia Berrios Lugo had a day with 10 points and 7 rebounds in Maloney’s CCC crossover win in Hartford.

The Spartans (6-6) led wire to wire, holding Public (0-10) scoreless in the first quarter.

Burke drained a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter as Maloney extended a 10-0 lead to 22-5.

Burke finished with three treys. Evelyn Beltran and Skyler Burke sparked the defense with four steals apiece.

Bloomfield/International 38, Platt 34: The Panthers fell short in a CCC crossover in Bloomfield despite a monster game from Antwanette Tann. Platt’s senior forward piled up 19 points, 21 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Platt, however, couldn’t erase a 22-9 halftime deficit despite outscoring the host Warhawks 12-4 in the fourth quarter.

Zaria Calloway added 8 points for Platt (5-7). Kyelah Smith had a team-high 13 for Bloomfield/International (3-9).

Cheshire 52, East Haven 36: The Rams bolted to a 7-2 lead and steadily pulled way from there in pulling off the SCC interdivisional upset in Cheshire.

The Rams, with their second win in a row, are now 3-10. The Yellowjackets, who had defeated Cheshire 46-41 in East Haven in December, are 10-3.

Cheshire senior guard Amelia Perlini led all scorers with 14 points. Junior Ella Kulas scored 12 and senior Gabby Tirado delivered 9.

Gabriella Gaetano was top scorer for East Haven with 10 points.

Southington 52, Wethersfield 45: The Lady Knights outscored the Eagles 15-8 in the fourth quarter to snap a 37-37 tie and secure the CCC crossover decision in Southington.

Now 7-6, the Knights got a team-high 14 points from Allison Mikosz and 13 from Lily Cooper. They combined on five of Southington’s eight 3-pointers, with Cooper connecting three times from beyond the arc. 

Bethany Borges added 8 points for SHS and Gabby D’Angelo totalled 7.

Wethersfield (3-9) was led by McKenzie Mori’s game-high 21 points and Vanessa Venditti’s 17. Venditti popped five 3-pointers.

Boys basketball

Wolcott Tech 61, Wilcox Tech 52: Morrison Beck erupted for a career-high 40 points for the Wildcats in the CTC loss in Meriden.

Beck hit six times from beyond the arc, had 13 total field goals and went 8-for-12 from the line. 

Andy You added 9 points for the ’Cats (3-9). Elijah Reed scored 19 to pace Wolcott Tech (6-3).

Boys swimming

Southington 101, Meriden Co-op 80: The Blue Knights remained unbeaten while handing the city squad its first loss in a CCC crossover meet at Platt.

Southington is 4-0, Meriden 4-1.

Double-winners Matt Siwek, Peter Zalewski and Matt Niro powered the Blue Knights, who won all but two events.

Siwek swept the freestyle sprints, going 23.27 seconds in the 50 and 51.39 in the 100.

Zalewski went the distance and put up strong early season times in doing so. The junior won the 200 in 1:48.81 and the 500 in 4:52.16.

Niro captured the 100 butterfly (54.35) and 100 backstroke (56.20) and anchored the 400 freestyle relay behind Peter Zalewski, Mike Zalewski and Alex LeClair (3:32.02).

Niro, Siwek and LeClair combined with Boden Tito on the first-place 200 medley relay (1:46.19). Tito later won the 100 breastroke in 1:08.52

Southington also pocketed in gold in diving behind Alex Rosania’s high score of 278.85.

For Meriden, Mehdi Moumen won the 200 IM in 2:04.57 and swam a leg on the first-place 200 freestyle relay with Troy Ducas, Andrew Bellemare and John Peralta (1:37.85).


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