TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Press pushes Wilcox Tech over the top; Berlin sweeps Platt; Southington dispatches Avon; Cheshire rally falls short

TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Press pushes Wilcox Tech over the top; Berlin sweeps Platt; Southington dispatches Avon; Cheshire rally falls short

MERIDEN — Carlos Cintron scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and Isaiah Thomas added 13 as the Wilcox Tech boys basketball team pulled away to a 55-37 Connecticut Technical Conference victory Tuesday over Whitney Tech.

The game was close until the Tribe tightened the screws with a 2-2-1 press in the second half. Up 30-24 heading into the fourth quarter, the Indians outscored the Inventors 25-13 over the final eight minutes.

Tadrique Jones added nine points for Wilcox, which improved to 3-1. Alex D’Errico added six.

Berlin 45, Platt 42: A 15-11 edge in the third quarter for the Redcoats proved to be the difference in this CCC Region D tug-of-war in Berlin.

Michael Ciarcia scored a game-high 17 points as Berlin improved to 3-1. Henry Smith put up 16 for Platt (1-3). Anthony Nimani added nine.

Girls basketball

Southington 51, Avon 16: The visiting Blue Knights put this CCC Region B game away early, bolting to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter against an Avon squad missing two starters.

Southington improved to 4-1 behind a game-high 10 points from both Livvy Pizzitola and Allison Carr.

Gabby D’Angelo knocked down three 3-pointers to collect nine points. Sam Sullivan added eight. Kelley Marshall had four.

Wilcox Tech 22, Kaynor Tech 17: Madison Sage’s nine points led the Indians to the CTC win in Waterbury.

Grace Speeg added five points for the Tribe, which improved to 2-0 while knocking the Panthers to 0-2.

Berlin 41, Platt 35: An 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter proved too steep for the Panthers, who suffered the CCC Region D loss to the Redcoats in Meriden.

Berlin is now 2-2, Platt 1-3.

Platt’s Wallica Bailey and Aaliyah Burnley shared the game high with 10 points apiece. Bailey buried a trio of 3-pointers.

Ja’Lexia West added seven points for the West Siders.

Berlin got nine from both Wynter Yovan and Clare McGeever. Rylee Cop was good for eight.

East Haven 60, Cheshire 56: Erin Curran hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to seal the SCC win for the host Yellowjackets after the Rams, down 14 at halftime, twice rallied to within two points.

Cheshire charged back behind Grace Lurz, who upped her career high from the 19 points she scored last Wednesday against Guilford with 24 against East  Haven.

Taylor Salato of the Yellowjackets led all scorers with 26 points. Curran finished with 14. Tess Givens added 11 points for Cheshire.

Both teams are now 1-4.

East Haven closed the first half with a 7-0 run to take a 43-29 advantage into the break. Cheshire responded by scoring the first 12 points of the second half.

The pendulum swings continued down the stretch. East Haven refortified its lead with a 9-0 surge. Cheshire fought back with seven straight points.

The score stood at 58-56 when Curran hit her free throws.

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