FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Last-second shot denies Lady Knights; Cheshire girls fall to 0-2; SHS, CHS swimmers take openers

FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Last-second shot denies Lady Knights; Cheshire girls fall to 0-2; SHS, CHS swimmers take openers



PLAINVILLE — The Southington girls basketball team was 1.2 seconds away from improving to 2-0 on the young season Friday night.

1.2 seconds too long: Plainville’s Lilly Wazorko connected on a 3-pointer with that much time on the clock to force overtime, where the Blue Devils outscored the Blue Knights 3-2 to pull out a 48-47 CCC Region B victory.

The loss spoiled a Southington comeback. Down 26-16 at the break, the Blue Knights dominated the third quarter 18-6 to take a 34-32 lead into the final frame.

Wazorko’s game-tying shot was her third 3-pointer of the night. The junior finished with a team-high 13 points and Kori Jones added 11 for Plainville (2-0).

Southington’s Kelley Marshall led all scorers with 14 points. Gabby Dangelo added 10 and Livvy Pizzitola was good for seven.

North Haven 45, Cheshire 15: The Indians bolted to a 26-4 lead by halftime in posting the SCC victory in Cheshire.

North Haven improved to 2-0. Cheshire fell to 0-2. 

North Haven’s Sarah Puzone led all scorers with 10 points. Kaylee Clark had a team-high seven points for the Rams.

ICE HOCKEY

Lyman Hall 5, Branford 3: Goals scored by Zach Pettit and Kevin Stoddard in the final 5:22 snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted the Trojans to the season-opening SCC/SWC Division II victory over the Hornets late Thursday night at Northford Ice Pavilion.

LH had let a 3-1 lead slip away earlier in the third quarter before Pettit and Stoddard swung the advantage permanently back to the Trojans.

Tommy Ralston, Jack Roberts and Ryan Arduini also scored for LH, which takes on North Haven back at Northford on Saturday.

BOYS SWIMMING

Southington 98, Middletown 80: Jackson Malsheske and Landon Colby won two individual events apiece and combined on the first-place 400 freestyle relay in Southington’s season-opening victory over the Blue Dragons.

The CCC meet was staged virtually.

 Malsheske captured the 200 freestyle (1:57.83) as well as the 500 free (5:15.16). Colby triumphed in the 200 IM (2:09.87) and 100 butterfly (56.92).

They joined forces with Matt Niro and Peter Zalewski on the 400 free relay (3:37.11).

Southington got additional first-place performances from Alex Rosania in diving (244.10), Brett Sheldrick in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.43) and Zalewski in the 100 backstroke (59.24).

Sheldrick and Zalewski also teamed with Colby and Alex LeClair on the winning 200 medley relay (1:47.10). The combination of Sheldrick, LeClair, Niro and Malsheske brought home the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.16).

Cheshire 92, Amity 83: The Rams put away their season opener by the 200 freestyle relay in a virtual SCC meet with the Spartans.

Justin Finkel anchored the first-place 200 medley relay and went on to sweep the distance freestyles to lead the way. The senior took the 200 free in 1:51.35 and the 500 in 4:53.17.

Finkel combined with Wes Johnson, Harry Hua and Anmol Sapru on the medley relay (1:45.17).

Hua followed it up by taking the 200 IM (2:05.22), while Sapru had the fast time in the 100 butterfly (56.09).

Sapru and Johnson later reconvened to take the 200 free relay (1:38.87). They were joined by Alex Fang and Silas Wang.

Cheshire’s Noah Duncan had the high score in diving (231.75).


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