TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Lady Titans tear into new year; Wilcox girls remain unbeaten; Sheehan hockey pulls out a thriller

WALLINGFORD — The Sheehan girls basketball team wasted no time getting back down to business in the new year.

Sparked by freshman Megan Wresien’s three 3-pointers, the Titans put up 26 points in the first quarter and raced to a 72-47 SCC Quinnipiac victory over Lauralton Hall on Tuesday night.

Wresien went on to score 19 points and junior point guard Liv Cassesse added 14 as the Titans won their fourth straight and improved to 5-1.

Jenna Wresien came off the bench to deliver 13 points. Fellow freshman Susie Hotaling was good for 7.

As a team, the Titans popped 11 3-pointers. Cassesse had four.

Catherine Bosse’s 18 points paced Lauralton Hall (2-4). Maddie Dinatali added 12.

Wilcox Tech 38, Whitney Tech 16: The only unbeaten girls basketball team in the Connecticut Technical Conference?

That would be the Wildcats of Wilcox Tech. Coach Mallorie Michalak’s squad improved to 5-0 with the league romp over the Inventors (0-5) in Hamden.

Zulal Kungal led the way with a season-high 12 points. Arianna Pfaff scored 8 and Ellie Lopez kicked in 6.

Wilcox is winning through stiff defense, going primarily with a 3-2 zone. Average margin of victory: 38-19.

Middletown 54, Platt 27: The Blue Dragons rebounded from Friday’s 4-point non-conference loss at Sheehan with the CCC South doubling of Platt in Middletown.

Ten players factored into the Middletown scoring, led by Shalyn Smith’s team-high 17 points, as the Blue Dragons improved to 5-2.

Platt (3-4) got a game-high 20 points from Antwanette Tann.

Southington 69, Hall 29: The Lady Knights put nine players in the scoring column, led by Roxy Cardillo’s 13, in topping the Titans in a CCC West game in West Hartford.

Ciara Sockwell and Lilly Cooper added 9 points apiece to help push Southington back over .500 at 4-3 with a second straight win. Gabby Dangelo was good for 8 points and Grace Russo recorded 7.

Hall fell to 1-3.

Sacred Heart Academy 52, Lyman Hall 18: Maybe the best thing that can be said of this SCC Hammonasset matchup between the Sharks and Trojans in Hamden was it wasn’t a replay of last year’s infamous 92-4 game.

Sacred Heart improved to 5-1 behind Lauren Thompson’s game-high 13 points.

Lyman Hall (3-4) got a team-high seven points from freshman Grace Mik.

Foran 41, Cheshire 36: The Lions (6-1) denied an upset bid by the Rams (0-8) in this SCC crossover in Milford.

Amelia Perlini, coming off a 22-point game against Coginchaug, stayed in the groove with 14 points for Cheshire. Anna Hurlbut scored 8 points.

The victory was the sixth straight for Foran, a run that included a 30-28 victory over Sheehan on Dec. 20.

Cheshire will return to Milford on Friday looking to land its first win against Jonathan Law.


Xavier 65, Cheshire 52: Coming off a home tournament win over the holidays, the Falcons stayed hot with the SCC Quinnipiac victory in Cheshire.

The Rams were pesky, though. Down 19-9 after one quarter, the home team rallied to within 44-42 by the end of the third quarter. The Falcons took the fourth frame 21-10.

Xavier, now 5-1, got a game-high 32 points from Anthony Parker, with 24 coming in the second half.

Cheshire (2-3) got double figures from Jack Markarian (19) and Bennett Crerar (10). Jackson Enders added 8.

Whitney Tech 73, Wilcox Tech 62: The Wildcats had one of their more prolific games of the season in falling to the front-running Inventors in a CTC matchup in Hamden.

Whitney, the league’s lone unbeaten team, put four players in double figures in improving to 5-0.

While averaging 72 points a game, the Inventors held their previous opponents — Wolcott Tech, Terryville, Westbrook and Rocky Hill —to 43 or less.

Wilcox (2-4) put up 62 behind a game-high 25 points from Griffin Neilander and 15 from Morrison Beck. Both connected three times from beyond the arc.

Juelz Rivera Jordan added 7 points for Wilcox.


Sheehan 6, Eastern CT Eagles 4: After letting a two-goal lead get away earlier in the third quarter, the Titans pulled out thriller by scoring twice in the final 2½ minutes in this non-conference Division II shootout at Choate.

Max Festa scored four of the Sheehan goals and set up the two others, including the game-winner by defenseman Billy Totz from the point with 2:37 on the clock. 

The goal by Totz came shortly after Sheehan killed a penalty for too many men on the ice.

Festa added the insurance goal with an empty-netter with 12 seconds left.

Festa’s linemate, Lorenzo DeFilio, had a 5-point night. He scored one goal and assisted on four.

Garrett Wilkinson and Landon Cantele added assists for Sheehan, now 3-3 overall. The Fitch-based Eagles are 2-3 and will face Lyman Hall on Saturday at Northford.

Tuesday marked the second time in three games Festa has hit for foul goals. The Sheehan sophomore has 13 goals on the season. DeFilio has 8 assists.


Southington 93, Plainville 65: The Blue Knights launched their season with the CCC crossover cruise in Plainville.

Boden Tito, Matt Niro and Alex LeClair won two individual events apiece and swam on a pair of first-place relays to set the pace.

The trio teamed with Mike Zalewski to take the 400-yard freestyle in 3:45.13.

Niro and LeClair combined with Matt Siwek and Peter Zalewski on the 200 medley (1:46.13). The Zalewski brothers teamed with Tito and Siwek on the 200 free (1:38.31).

Individually, Tito took first in the 200 freestyle (1:57.97) and 100 butterfly (57.90), while LeClair brought home the 500 free (5:19.55) and 100 backstroke (59.92).

Niro took care of the 200 IM (2:10.94) and 100 freestyle (49.45).

Also for the Blue Knights, Siwek sprinted to victory in the 50 free (23.33) and Alex Rosania rang up 289.30 points to capture diving. Peter Zalewski was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.03).


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