TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Two for T.J.! Panthers, Wildcats honor the late Coach Johnson, then go head to head; Sheehan girls win 6th straight

MERIDEN — The girls basketball Battle of Oregon Road went Platt’s way on Tuesday night.

Led by Antwanette Tann’s 18 points, the Panthers pinned a 27-22 non-conference decision on Wilcox Tech.

For a second straight night, Platt played strong team defense. On Monday, the Panthers held Tolland to 24 points.

With their second win in 24 hours, Platt now stands at 5-5. Brooke Bell added 7 points for the Panthers against Wilcox.

The Wildcats (5-3) got 5 points apiece from Aryanna Pfaff, Sadie Vernon and Zulal Kangal.

Prior to the game, the teams honored the late Tom Johnson, the long-time Platt coach who had come out of retirement and was coaching at Wilcox last season when he passed away from cancer on March 16 at age 76.

Johnson coached 24 seasons, all but one at Platt. He won 245 games, including the 1989 state championship. 

Sheehan 56, Hillhouse 42: The Titans (7-1) ran their winning streak to six with the SCC crossover victory over the Academics (2-5) in Wallingford.

It took Sheehan a quarter to get rolling. Down 9-8 after the first period, the Titans outscored Hillhouse 22-11 in the second to take a 30-20 lead into halftime.

A 16-9 third quarter put it away. For good measure, Sheehan junior point guard Liv Cassesse hit 6-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 points.

Megan Wresien scored 12 and her twin sister Jenna Wresien was good for 10. The Wresiens, along with fellow freshman Susie Hotaling, hit 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Hotaling finished with 6 points. Nielle Reaves of Hillhouse led all scorers with 28.

East Haven 47, Lyman Hall 42: The Yellowjackets outscored the Trojans 16-12 in the fourth quarter to earn the SCC Hammonasset win in Wallingford.

Lyman Hall’s freshman duo of Grace Mik and Ellie Mandancy combined for 29 points, with Mik scoring 15 and Madancy 14.

Juliana Iovino powered East Haven with a game-high 20.

The Yellowjackets are now 7-2. The Trojans dipped to 4-5.

Mercy 58, Cheshire 46: The Tigers took control of this SCC Oronoque contest in Cheshire by closing the first half on an 8-0 run to forge a 24-18 lead, then extended the advantage to 43-29 in the third quarter.

Mercy improved to 7-1. Cheshire, which was coming off its first win of the season, 48-40 over Law last Friday, fell to 1-9.

Mercy’s Ava Giansiracusa led all scorers with 25 points. Sophie Hedge added 11 for the Middletown squad.

The Rams put three players in double figures: Allie Grove (15), Anna Hurlbut (12) and Amelia Perlini (10).

Mercy secured the game at the line, going 15-for-17 on free throws. Giansiracusa was 8-for-8.

Boys basketball

Platt 72, South Windsor 47: The Panthers raced to a 36-13 by halftime and cruised to the CCC interdivisional victory over the Bobcats in Meriden. They are now 6-2 on the season.

Makhai Anderson had his game-high 31 points in the books by the time the third quarter was over. Anthony Nimani added 17 points for Platt and Deante Torres kicked in 8.

South Windsor (1-7) got 16 points from Damian Ayla and 13 from London King.

Conard 57, Southington 26: Playing on the road for the second consecutive night, the Blue Knights saw their three-game win streak shatter at the hands of the Red Wolves in a CCC West matchup in West Hartford.

Up 22-17 at the break, Conard took charge by out-scoring Southington 20-4 in the third quarter. In all, the Red Wolves owned the second half 35-9.

Southington (6-2), playing without injured starter Ryan Hammarlund, got a team-high 8 points from John Flynn and 6 from Luke Penna.

Conard (5-3) was fueled by a game-high 23 from Riley Fox. Alex Moemeka added 14.


Southington 76, Farmington 0: A shutout doesn’t happen every night in wrestling, but it did Tuesday in Southington, where the Blue Knights rolled in their CCC West matchup with the River Hawks via seven pins, three decisions and four forfeits.

The pins were delivered by 113-pounder Trenton Davis (3:29), 120 Jake Rivera (1:11), 138 Colton Thorpe (2:42), 145 Josh Howard (0:51), 160 Mike Affum (5:04), 170 Anthony Pereira (0:38) and 195 Giovanni Castanon (1:50).

Ethan Vitti scored a 5-2 decision at 126 and Rosco Cook rang up a 13-3 major at 152. Heavyweight Aaron Mysatyukow closed the show with a 1-0 decision.

The forfeits were accepted by 106 Hansen Jones, 132 Jared Mangiafico, 182 Andrew Mikosz and 220 Aaron Borkowski.


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