FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Lady Titans get the upper hand in SCC battle of unbeatens; Mercy denies LH; Wilcox boys win fifth straight

FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Lady Titans get the upper hand in SCC battle of unbeatens; Mercy denies LH; Wilcox boys win fifth straight

MADISON — Only one team remains unbeaten in SCC girls basketball, and that’s the Sheehan Lady Titans.

Matched up with the Hand Tigers in a clash of 6-0 squads Friday night, Sheehan extended a two-point halftime lead with a dominant second half to post a 49-38 victory on the road.

Reigning Record-Journal Player of the Year Caitlyn Hunt led the Titans with a game-high 19 points.

Point guard Caitlyn Velez and shooting guard Molly Smolenski added nine points apiece. Smolenski hit a trio of 3-pointers, including a big one with three minutes to go after Hand had closed to 42-36

Hayleigh Lagase paced the defense, which held Hand to 16 points after the break.

“When we moved the ball, we got (Hunt) some good looks and her teammates did a great job delivering the ball,” remarked Sheehan coach Mike Busillo. “Hayleigh was great on D, Velez great with the ball.” 

Hand got a team-high 11 points from Sophia Coppola.

It was the second straight battle of unbeatens for the Tigers, who beat Mercy 35-23 on Wednesday.

Sheehan will take its 7-0 mark to Branford next Tuesday.

Mercy 43, Lyman Hall 25: The Trojans led 15-14 at the break, but the host Tigers dispelled upset hopes by outscoring their guests from Wallingford 29-10 in the second half as LH went cold from the floor.

Ava Giansiracusa popped three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 15 points for Mercy. Melina Ford added 11 points for the Tigers.

Natalie Panagrosso led LH with 10 points. Brianna Mik secured seven rebounds, while Grace Gagliardi grabbed three steals.

Mercy, which was coming off a loss to Hand in a battle of unbeatens on Wednesday night, improved to 6-1. Lyman Hall fell to 1-2.

The Trojans will be right back in action Saturday. They host Foran at 12:30 p.m.

Cheshire 30, Branford 28: Jenna Stickney’s bucket with 2:15 left snapped a 24-24 tie and gave the Rams the lead for good on Senior Night in Cheshire.

Stickney finished with eight points, as did Kaylee Clark and Tess Givens. Gabby Lucertini had 10 for Branford.

Grace Lurz, who was averaging 18 points for Cheshire since returning to the lineup last Tuesday, sat out with an ankle injury.

The Rams are now 2-5, the Hornets 1-4.

Wilcox Tech 29, Kaynor Tech 10: Freshman Aliah Biro scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Indians to the CTC win in Meriden.

Madison Sage dropped in a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points.

Wilcox improved to 3-1. Kaynor fell to 0-4.

Boys basketball

Wilcox Tech 48, Whitney Tech 35: The Indians jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in this CTC matchup in Meriden.

The Tribe put three players in double figures in winning its fifth straight and improving to 5-1. Isaiah Thomas had a game-high 16, Alex D’Errico totaled 12 and Carlos Cintron kicked in 10.

Jeff Medley’s 14 points pace Whitney Tech (0-2).

Branford 55, Cheshire 51: The Hornets opened up a 43-30 lead by outscoring Cheshire 20-10 in the third quarter, then withstood a 21-12 Rams rally in the fourth to earn the SCC win in Branford.

Jake Palluzzi scored a game-high 17 points for the host Hornets (4-2). Connor DeLaubell put up 16 points and Luke Nieman added 15 for Cheshire (1-4).

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