MONDAY SCHOLASTICS: Rosario, Spartans deliver in the clutch; Beck, Wildcats take another thriller from Vinal; LH swimmers fall to Xavier

BURLINGTON — Jaylice Rosario scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter and freshman Kaylani Zackery connected on a key 3-pointer to lead a late charge that carried the Maloney girls basketball team to a 38-36 CCC South victory Monday night at Lewis Mills.

Down 31-25 after three quarters, the Spartans outscored Lewis Mills 13-5 over the last eight minutes. Stout defense from Nadia Berrios, Evelyn Beltran, Skyler Burke and Zackery was crucial in the victory.

Rosario finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with her 17 points. The senior forward also snared 7 steals.

Burke had 7 points and Zackery added 5.

The win was the third straight for Maloney, which improved to 5-4 while Lewis Mills slipped to 4-5.

The victory also completed a season sweep. Maloney beat Lewis Mills 38-30 last Tuesday in Meriden.

Enfield 58, Southington 51: Lily Cooper popped four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Roxy Cardillo added a fifth, but Southington’s late comeback bid fell short in this CCC interdivisional game in Enfield.

The host Eagles built a 38-31 halftime lead, pushed it to 49-33 in the third quarter, then held on as the Blue Knights took the final frame 18-9.

Cooper had five total 3’s and finished with 15 points. Hannah Blanchard (11 points) was also in double figures for Southington (4-5).

Enfield (7-3) was paced by Alyssa Rossignol’s 18 points and Mya Rosado’s 15.

Boys basketball

Wilcox Tech 61, Vinal Tech 59: Morrison Beck threw down 8 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats pulled out a CTC thriller with the Hawks in Middletown.

Beck finished with a game-high 35 points.

In the end, protecting the 61-59 lead, defense sealed it for Wilcox. The Wildcats deployed an extended 1-2-1-1 to contest Vinal’s shooters in the closing seconds and got two tips to kill valuable time.

Vinal’s Bernie Russo missed on a 15-footer on the baseline. The Hawks rebounded, but the buzzer sounded before they could get off another shot.

Juelz Jordan added 10 points for Wilcox. Bryan Pryor had 12 for Vinal.

The victory was Wilcox’s second of the season over the Hawks (1-6). The Wildcats, now 3-5, opened with a 53-52 decision in Meriden.

Southington 63, Wethersfield 37: The Blue Knights improved to 6-1 with their third straight win, a CCC interdivisional verdict over the Eagles in Wethersfield.

Southington put three players in double figures, led by Aidan Buck’s game-high 15. Dan McGetrick and John Flynn notched 12 points apiece, with McGetrick connecting four  times from beyond the arc and Flynn adding 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Defensively, the Blue Knights produced 17 steals. Luke Penna swiped six to go along with his 9 points.

Mikel Lleshi scored 12 points and Ali Abdulkadir added 10 for Wethersfield, which suffered its third straight defeat and fell to 2-5.

Southington established an 11-8 lead in the first quarter and steadily pulled away from there, leading 24-17 at the break and 38-28 after three.

Cheshire 52, Career 47: The Rams ended their four-game losing streak and snapped Career’s four-game winning run with the SCC Quinnipiac decision in New Haven.

Cheshire came from behind to do it. Down 32-24 at the break, the Rams closed to 41-38 by the end of the third quarter, then took the fourth 14-6.

Jack Markarian scored 13 points to lead Cheshire. All of them came in the second half.

Bennett Crerar was good for 11 points and Matt Jeffery 9 kicked in 9 as the Rams improved to 3-5.

Jayden Williams (15) and Justin Cabrera (12) were in double figures for Career (4-3).

Boys swimming

Xavier 95, Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 83: Kendrick Lagamao scored a pair of individual victories for the Division II Trojans (0-3) in the SCC crossover meet with the D-I Falcons at Sheehan.

The senior captain captured the 200-yard IM in 2:13.79 and the 500 freestyle in 5:37.91.

Lyman Hall sophomore diver Lincoln Busa won his event with a score of 180.00.

Ice hockey

Conard 3, Sheehan 2: Max Festa pulled Sheehan to within one goal 3:42 into the third period, but the Titans couldn't net the equalizer in dropping the non-conference game to the Red Wolves at Choate late Saturday night.

Festa scored both Sheehan goals and now has 15 on the season. He was assisted on Saturday night by Tyler Connery and Landon Cantele.

Conard, the top-ranked team in Division III, improved to 7-1.

The Division II Titans fell to 3-4. They have two road games up next — North Branford on Wednesday at Northford Ice Pavilion and Newington Co-op on Saturday at Newington Ice Arena — before their MLK Day showdown with rival Lyman Hall next Monday at Northford.


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