MONDAY SCHOLASTICS:Blue Knights have their night on the road



SOUTHINGTON — It is in the spirit of the late great Meatloaf that we say Monday, for the Southington Blue Knights, was a case of “two out of three ain’t bad.”

Three Southington teams hit the road on Monday. Two came home winners. One came up short.

Southington girls basketball and boys swimming remained undefeated. The Lady Knights improved to 11-0 with a 53-36 CCC crossover win at Lewis Mills, while the aqua Knights moved to 3-0 with a 98-87 non-conference triumph at Hamden.

The boys basketball team had a glittering shot to win in East Hartford, but a 3-pointer attempt and put-back both were off the mark in the closing seconds, leaving the Blue Knights on the short end of a 57-55 final.

The CCC interdivisional game was tight throughout. Southington led 30-29 at the break and the game was knotted at 47 heading into the final frame.

Ryan Hammarlund was cooking throughout for the Blue Knights (4-6). He scored a season-high 23 points. Eli Whitehead was also in double figures with 12.

Above all, fortune shone on East Hartford’s Favour Okeke, who scored a game-high 26 points for the Hornets (6-5).

Meanwhile, in Burlington, the Lady Knights took command by outscoring Lewis Mills 23-13 in the second quarter to bust open a 9-7 game. Lily Cooper had all but two of her game-high 15 points in that frame.

Allison Mikosz notched a season-high 12 points for SHS and Hailey Zembrzuski added 10, with seven coming in the third quarter, when the Knights extended their 32-20 halftime lead to 48-26. Gabby D’Angelo was good for nine points.

Jordan Anderson’s four 3’s and 15 points led Lewis Mills (5-7).

In swimming, Southington was led by double-winners Peter Zalewski, Matt Niro and Landon Colby, who also combined on two first-place relays.

Zalewski brought home the 200-yard IM (2:09.79) and 100 backstroke (58.01). Niro swept the freestyle sprints, clocking in at 23.36 in the 500 and 51.06 in the 100. Colby had the fast times in the 100 butterfly (54.30) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.67).

The trio teamed with Matt Siwek on the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:45.36, ,and with Alex LeClair on the 400 free relay (3:34.49).

Individually, LeClair touched first in the 500 freestyle in 5:12.65. Diver Alex Rosania won his event with a score of 264.65.



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