MERIDEN — Thursday’s snow day postponed the Tom Johnson-Tina Gonyea reunion. It does, however, set up back-to-back nights of Meriden rivalry girls basketball for early next week.
Johnson’s Wilcox Tech Wildcats will now take on Gonyea’s Platt Panthers on Monday. The next night, Platt goes head to head with John Vieira’s Maloney Spartans.
Both games are at Platt.
An important programming note: Attendance will be limited to 400 for the Platt-Maloney game. Moreover, all ticket sales will be in advance. None will be sold at the door. Tickets go on sale at Platt and Maloney on Friday.
At this juncture of the season, Maloney is 7-1 and ranked No. 4 in the CIAC Class L playoff points. Platt, also Class L, stands at 7-5. Class M Wilcox is 3-7.
The newly minted Wildcats are in their first year under Johnson, the long-time Platt skipper. They’re led by senior Tatiana Robles (12.75 ppg.), yet are by and large a young team featuring the likes of sophomore Aliah Biro (12.2 ppg) and freshman Chloe Enger (4.0).
Platt, meanwhile, has been powered by its frontcourt of senior Khrystina Campbell and junior Antwanette Tann. Campbell is averaging 10 points a game, though has been particularly productive as of late, putting up an average of better than 16 in her last four games. Tann is averaging a team-high 14.2 ppg.
Across town, Maloney reeled off victories in its first seven games before being handcuffed by Enfield 45-23 on Tuesday night. Junior forward Jaylice Rosario leads Maloney with a 22.3 scoring average. Senior guards Gracey Massicote (8.4) and Amal Bahili (7.0) are also catalysts on offense.