THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: 4th-quarter clutch puts Maloney at 6-0; LH hockey displays its own fireworks gearing up for two-game set with Sheehan

THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: 4th-quarter clutch puts Maloney at 6-0; LH hockey displays its own fireworks gearing up for two-game set with Sheehan

BERLIN — Six up, six down for the Maloney boys basketball team.

The Spartans hit the midway point of this abbreviated season at 6-0 after beating Berlin 57-49 on the road Thursday night.

Maloney took a 37-34 edge into the fourth quarter and made it stand up by going 14-for-15 at the foul line over the final eight minutes.

Vincent Martinez led the way. The senior point guard hit all six of his free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 22 points.

Senior forwards Garrison Kunst (8 points) and Ethan Hicks (7) were both 4-for-4 at the line down the stretch.

And senior guard Jeremiah Williams had another big game, following up his 17 points against Middletown with 14 against the Redcoats (3-2).

Berlin’s Mike Ciarcia led all scorers with 24 points.

Maloney led 14-10 after one quarter. The game was tied at 22 at the half.

Girls basketball

Middletown 74, Platt 44: Tyah Pettaway pounded out 30 points and the Blue Dragons (5-0) remained unbeaten with the CCC Region D decision in Middletown.

Wallica Bailey led the Panthers (1-4) with a season-high 19 points.

Vianna Alcantara hit three times from 3-point range for nine points. Aaliyah Burnley added seven points for Platt.

Berlin 43, Maloney 24: The visiting Redcoats opened up a CCC Region D game that stood at 17-10 at halftime by outscoring the host Spartans 19-8 in the third quarter.

Alivia Halkins had 13 points and Kailee DeMaio delivered 12 to pace Berlin (3-2).

Maloney (0-5) got a team-high nine points from Gracey Massicotte, who connected three times from beyond the arc. Abby Lespier was good for six points.

Wolcott Tech 47, Wilcox Tech 32: The Torrington squad handed the Indians their first loss of the season in a CTC matchup in Meriden.

Wolcott Tech improved to 2-0. Wilcox dipped to 2-1.

Aliah Biro scored nine points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots for the Tribe. Madison Sage and Aryanna Pfaff both hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points.

Boys swimming

Milford Co-op 101, Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 84: Elyse Boothroyd raised her own six-dive Coginchang school record and Lyman Hall freshman Jerick Lagamao continued his impressive rookie season in the Trojans’ virtual-meet loss to Foran and Law.

Boothroyd compiled a score of 241.65. (Her old school mark was 241.00.)

Lagamao, meanwhile, won by sprinting and going the distance. He took the 50-yard freestyle in 24.28 seconds and the 500 free in 5:12.82.

Lyman Hall/Coginchaug is now 3-2.

Ice hockey

Lyman Hall 7, Watertown-Pomperaug 2: Tuning up for their upcoming two-game series with rival Sheehan, the Trojans posted this SCC/SWC Division II victory late Wednesday night at Northford Ice Pavilion to improve to 4-1.

Once again, LH started slow, then caught fire. Down 1-0 after one period, the Trojans erupted for five goals in the second period.

Jack Roberts and Dylan Gay scored two goals apiece to lead the way.

Aidan Weir, Tommy Ralston and Kevin Stoddard had single goals. Defenseman Ryan Brockett returned to action, registering an assist and helping Brendan Reddington post the W in net.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Trojans can now set their sights on unbeaten Sheehan (5-0). Thanks to a schedule change, the rivals will be playing two in a row at Northford: this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and then Monday at 8:15.

Lyman Hall was initially scheduled to play Branford on Monday, but the Hornets have had to go into quarantine.

Sheehan is the home team Saturday, Lyman Hall will host on Monday.

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