THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cardillo in command in Class LL shot put; Southington boys rally past Conard; Trojan swimmers take it to the wall

THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cardillo in command in Class LL shot put; Southington boys rally past Conard; Trojan swimmers take it to the wall

NEW HAVEN — Southington senior Trinity Cardillo didn’t merely defend her state shot put title Thursday at the CIAC Class LL indoor track championships at the New Haven Athletic Center. She continued to distance herself from everybody  else.

Cardillo won by five feet in landing a throw of 43 feet, 7½ inches.

That distance came on Cardillo’s first attempt of the afternoon. Her remaining five efforts averaged around 42 feet, with the “short” one sailing 40-9½.

No one else in the field of 29 girls threw over 40 feet. Not once.

Southington also got a pair of second-place performances Thursday as the class meets got under way in New Haven. Junior Aidan Chesanow was runner-up in the pole vault at 12-6, while senior Sydney Garrison was second in the high jump at 5-2.

Also for the Blue Knights, sophomore distance runner Jackie Izzo placed fourth in the 1,600 in 5:12.82. Junior throwers Ryan Andrews (45-9¾) and Matt Geary (45-2¾) went 5-6 in the boys shot put.

The remaining area indoor teams will compete in the their class meets on Saturday.

Boys basketball

Southington 50, Conard 44: Aedan Derrick’s put back of his own miss with 1:45 to play put the Blue Knights up to stay in their CCC West-Colonial Division win over the Chieftains in Southington.

Derrick’s bucket capped a comeback. The Blue Knights trailed 35-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Jake Napoli scored a team-high 17 points for Southington, which improved to 9-7 with its second straight win. 

Dylan Olson was also in double figures with 11. Nick Marecki added nine. Jared Kelly had seven.

Peter Simplicio’s 13 were the high for Conard (10-7).

Southington’s victory avenged a 65-51 loss the Blue Knights had suffered at Conard on Jan 6 after opening the season 5-0.

Girls basketball

Conard 51, Southington 30: Azaiyah Felder tormented the Lady Knights with her pressure defense and her scoring (17 points) in leading the Chieftains to the CCC South-Colonial Division verdict in West Hartford.

Ella DiPippo added 18 points as Conard improved to 14-5.

Injury-plagued Southington suffered its second straight loss and fell to 15-4.

Megan Mikosz led the Knights with eight points. Jessica Carr and Madison Hulten added six apiece.

Conard’s win earned the Chieftains a split of the season series. Southington won 50-42 at home on Jan. 6.

Ice hockey

Branford 2, Lyman Hall Co-op 1: The Trojans drew first blood with a first-period goal by Tommy Ralston, but the Hornets answered with a pair in the second period to earn the SCC/SWC Division II victory at Northford Ice Pavilion late Wednesday night.

With the win, Branford avenged its lone loss of the season — Lyman Hall beat the Hornets 4-2 on Dec. 30 — and upped its CIAC Division II-leading record to 13-1-1.

The Trojans slipped to 8-6-1. That’s the record they’ll take into Saturday’s rivalry game with Sheehan (12-2-1) at Wesleyan on Saturday. Opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Boys swimming

Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 96, West Haven/Platt Tech 89: The Trojans secured the SCC Division II triumph in West Haven by taking second and third place in the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay.

They also prevailed behind the performances of Kendrick Lagamao.

The freshman won two individual races — the 200 IM (2:13.71) and 500 freestyle (5:29.78) — and anchored the first-place 200 freestyle relay behind Josh Ramirez, Cam Nielsen and Nate Strang. The quartet combined for a 1:42.76.

Ramirez won the individual 200 free in 2:03.88.

LH/Coginchaug also got first-place outings from Claire Riccitelli in diving (191.15) and Sydney Raffles in the 100 backstroke (1:07.76).

Milford Co-op 96, Sheehan 79: Aaron Gamble won the 50 freestyle and anchored the first-place 200 freestyle relay for the Titans in their SCC Division II loss to Milford at home.

Gamble took the 50 in 25.18 seconds and combined with Adam DiDomenico, Billy Syme and Kalen Boman on a 1:44 in the relay.

Sheehan (0-8-1) also captured diving behind Jordan Dorsey (188.0) and the 100 breaststroke with Joey Zelnner (1:06.70).

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