Wilton 7th-Grade Girls Pull Away to Beat Darien

WILTON, Conn. — The Wilton seventh-grade girls travel basketball team pulled away for a big win on the road over Darien on Sunday, 27-20. The Wilton girls improved to 9-4 overall on the season and 5-2 against conference opponents.

After Hayley Meyer scored the only point for either team in the first quarter, the pace quickened throughout the game. Marisa Pucci and Margaret Smith led Wilton with 7 points apiece on strong, athletic play. Elizabeth Healy followed up with 6 points and some key steals.

Under the boards, Caylin Canavino added 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals, keeping Darien away from the ball. Nina Mellin added 2 points, 2 rebounds and a steal, combining with Ava Martinelli’s 7 rebounds and 2 steals. That insured that Darien would not lead in second half of the game.

Solid offensive ball handling by Ellie Armstrong (2 steals and a block) and Melanie Turza (2 rebounds) foiled the Darien press, while MacKenzie Holmgren (2 rebounds) kept the pressure on defensively.

The Wilton seventh-grade girls, sponsored by Wilton Bank, host Bethel on Saturday at 4 p.m., and Norwalk on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Middlebrook.

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