MONDAY SCHOLASTICS: Platt fends off Lewis Mills; Southington wins third straight; Sheehan shines at James Barber Invite

BURLINGTON — The Platt boys basketball team surged ahead in the third quarter, then held on in the fourth to chalk up a 55-54 CCC interdivisional victory Monday night against Lewis Mills.

The host Spartans had a chance to pull it out at the free throw line in the closing seconds after a foul call on a three-point attempt, but the Lewis Mills shooter made just one shot.

Anthony Nimani scored a game-high 19 points and Mahaki Anderson delivered 16 as the Panthers evened their record at 3-3.

Justin Black was also in double figures for the Panthers with 10.

Connor McAtee led three Lewis Mills scorers in double figures with 15 points. Jon Scibi added 13 for the Spartans (1-4). Colby Cables collected 12.

Down 30-26 at the break, Platt won the third quarter to 17-6 to take a 43-36 edge into the final frame. A pair of 3-pointers by Black and Deonte Torres enabled Platt to stay on top.

Elijah Rodriquez pulled down 11 rebounds for Platt. Nimani secured eight. He also had three steals.

Southington 63, Hartford Public: The Blue Knights raced out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in winning their third straight game.

Southington (3-4) was led by Luke Penna's 15 points. Fellow junior guard Aidan Buck added 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Ryan Hammerlund also netted 12 points for SHS. Raysean Epps added nine points in his first game back after missing the last four Southington contests due to COVID protocols.

Hartford Public fell to 1-4 on the season.

The Blue Knights never trailed in the CCC crossover, leading 29-23 at halftime. Penna scored eight points in the first 16 minutes.

Buck and Hammerlund then combined for 11 points in a 20-point third quarter by the Blue Knights, who scored a season high in points.

Southington opened up a 19-point lead a minute into the fourth quarter on a basket by Penna.

Hammerlund and senior guards Eli Whithead (6 points) and Nate Cofrancesco (7 points) each made 3-pointers in the win.

Fairfield Prep 74, Lyman Hall 41: The Jesuits extended a 25-17 first quarter lead to 47-20 by halftime in posting the SCC Quinnipiac win at Lauralton Hall.

Griffin Harding (17), Alex Leporati (14) and Max Manjos (12) were in double figures for Fairfield Prep (5-1).

Chace Sealy (13), Justin Hackett (12) and Brady Campbell (10) were the leading scorers for Lyman Hall (1-5).

Girls basketball

Guilford 46, Sheehan 38: Playing their first game since Dec. 27 and missing a couple key players, the Titans suffered their first loss of the season in this SCC Housatonic matchup in Guilford.

Sheehan, now 4-1, got four 3-pointers and a team-high 14 points. Molly Smolenski added eight, Madison DiPasquale had seven and Reilly Hunter scored six.

Darla Jagrosse and Olivia Cassesse did not play for Sheehan.

Guilford (3-1) was led by five treys and 17 totals points by Faith O’Donnell.

Jonathan Law 43, Lyman Hall 34: Returning to action for the first time since the 92-4 game at Sacred Heart Academy, the Trojans fell short in a SCC Quinnipiac contest in Milford.

Shea Barron, Macy Buccheri and Lauren Cretella scored six points apiece for LH (0-6).

Barron pulled down eight rebounds and Cretella collared four steals. Callie Casulla dished six assists from the point.

For Law (3-1), Maiyah Reid scored 15 points and Sabrina Lawless delivered 14. Shelby Green was also in double figures with 12.

Indoor track

James Barber Invitational: Sheehan’s Paul Burkett won the long jump with a personal-best 19-2¾ and captured the 300 meters in 37.55 seconds, while fellow senior Erin Brennan was also a double-winner for the Titans in this meet at SCSU.

Brennan took the pole vault at 9 feet and went 1-2 in the long jump with teammate Savanna Bauman. Brennan landed 15-7 ¾, while Bauman came in at 14-10¾.

Brennan was also third in a new event for her, the 55-meter dash. She ran a 7.72.

Also making headlines for Sheehan: Anthony Galicia. The senior broke a school record in finishing fourth in the 1600 in 4:45.81.

Maloney also competed at the James Barber. Bria Benigni, coming off her school-record performance in the 3200 at the Elm City Coaches Invitational on Saturday, was third in the 1600 at 5:24.68.


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