WALLINGFORD — The Sheehan and Lyman Hall girls basketball teams head into their Friday night rivalry clash on an upswing.
Both teams won — and won handily — at home on Wednesday night. While Sheehan was turning back West Haven 77-58 in a SCC Housatonic game, Lyman Hall was thumping North Branford 57-23 in a non-conference matchup.
The triumphs put Sheehan at 9-3 and Lyman Hall at 8-4. That means both teams have already qualified for the state tournament just a few games past the halfway mark of the regular season.
The Titans, in their latest win, got scoring from the usual suspects — Caitlyn Hunt (14 points), Maddie Larkin (11) and Hayleigh Lagase (10).
They also got points from a new source: Molly Smolenski. The sophomore guard hit three of Sheehan’s six 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Sheehan is now 3-0 in the Housatonic. West Haven dipped to 6-5 and 1-2.
At Lyman Hall, the Trojans had no problem with the Thunderbirds (6-5). They led 18-4 after one quarter and 32-6 by the half.
Natalie Panagrosso, coming off Tuesday’s 22-point performance at Cheshire, paced LH for a second straight night with 12 points.
Hailey Bruneau and Julia Capello had 11 apiece. Brianna Mik added nine. Grace Gagliardi was good for seven.
Bruneau blocked five shots. Capello and Panagrosso were co-chairs of the boards with six rebounds each.
Goodwin Tech 45, Wilcox Tech 11: The Indians fell to 2-7 with the CTC loss to the Gladiators in Meriden. Goodwin galloped to 6-6.
Bulkeley/Weaver 60, Maloney 33: Haley Lespier found the range for four 3-pointers and a team-high 16 points in the Spartans’ CCC interdivisional loss in Hartford.
Abby Lespier and Gracey Massicotte added six points apiece for Maloney (2-10).Boys basketball
Wilcox Tech 73, Vinal Tech 32: The Indians raced to a 26-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in notching the CTC win in Meriden.
Isaiah Thomas put a game-high 17 points for Wilcox (3-5). Carlos Cintron collected 12. Nate DeMaio and Todrique Jones added eight apiece.
Vinal (0-9) got 11 points from Joe Koontz and 10 from J.J. Fountain.Gymnastics
Southington 138.8, Wethersfield 102.15: The Lady Knights made it four wins in as many meets with the CCC verdict on Tuesday night at Silas Deane Middle School.
Kat Drechsler (9.15, beam) and Natalie Reeves (9.00, floor) had the high scores for Southington. Drechsler added an 8.9 on floor and an 8.6 on bars. Reeves recorded 8.95s on bar and beam, plus an 8.4 on vault.
Kelly Perrotti put in a solid meet for Southington with an 8.9 on beam, 8.8 on floor, 8.55 bars and 8.3 on vault.
Liz Beaulieu was also strong. She strung together scores of 8.75 on beam, 8.7 on floor, 8.6 on vault and 8.0 on bars.
Kaylin Leifert rang up 8.35s on beam and floor after recording a 7.9 on vault and 7.65 on bars.
Taylor Kelly contributed an 8.3 on beam and an 8.25 on bars. Kelsey Salerno and Tori Harrington both had 8.0 on vault.Ice hockey
Immaculate 6, Cheshire 5: The Mustangs outscored the Rams 3-2 in a wild third period at Wesleyan. Alex Butera scored the game-winner with 56 seconds left in regulation.
Niklas Vasiljevs had a hat trick for Cheshire. Thor Novicelli scored one goal and set up another. Wil Gaudet’s goal tied things at 5-5 with 3:15 to play.
The victory was the first of the season for Division I Immaculate (1-7-1). Division II Cheshire suffered its second loss of the week and slid to 7-5.Boys swimming
Sheehan: The Titans (1-4) earned their first victory of the season with a non-conference win at home over Classical Magnet/University.
Adam DiDomenico and Joey Zellner both won two individual races and teamed with Aaron Gamble and Gabe Wells to capture two relays.
The quartet took the 200 medley in 1:53.03 and the 200 freestyle in 1:38.76.
DiDomenico won the individual medley (2:14.61) as well as the 100 backstroke (1:03.63).
Zellner brought home the 200 freestyle (1:53.15) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.31).
Gamble and Wells combined to sweep the freestyle sprints. Gamble’s 24.59 won the 50 and a 1:00.69 by Wells was the fast time in the 100.
A score of 204.10 earned Valerie Nicholson the win in diving.Wrestling
Bristol Eastern 57, Platt 15: Isaiah Ross, James Rondini, Matt Merrigan and Ommy Velez had the wins for the Panthers in the CCC South loss at home to the defending Class L state champs.
Ross won via an 8-0 major decision. Rondini scored a 16-1 technical fall. Merrigan was in control 8-2. Velez battled to a 4-3 decision.
Bristol Central 48, Maloney 16: Onil Carrion’s 4-2 win in double overtime of the 120-pound match was a highlight for the Spartans in the CCC South loss to the Rams in Meriden.
Darel Rivera pinned to win at 220 for Maloney. Winning by decision were 152 R.J. Plumberg (6-3 minor) and 160 Kody Talento (14-1 major).