The Wilton seventh-grade girls travel basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Bank, split a pair of games over the weekend. The girls bounced back from a 29-23 loss to Newtown on Saturday to win an energetic road game against Brookfield on Sunday, 41-28. In the Newtown game, Elizabeth Healy nailed a big three-pointer to finish with nine points. Ava Martinelli also shot well, including an eight-foot jumper to give Wilton the lead going into the half. Melanie Turza contributed to the scoring both from the foul line and with the final shot. Caylin Cannavino played especially well inside, but Newtowns surer shooting and more consistent ball-handling gave them the game. Against Brookfield, Mackenzie Holmgren helped build an unbreakable lead with two big baskets, and Nina Mellin also had four key points on the day. Marissa Pucci led the scoring with three shots and three field goals. Hayley Meyer made an excellent three-pointer and another bucket, capitalizing on the teams good passing on the day.
Wilton hustled on defense, forcing jump balls and dominating on the boards. Healy had at least a half dozen steals in addition to four key free throws and a basket. Margaret Smith added to the defensive smothering, coming up with some big rebounds and a steal. Ellie Armstrong helped break the Brookfield press with impressive ball-handling. Cannavino and Martinelli were solid on both ends of the court, each with six points.
The Wilton seventh-grade girls (10-7) finish off their regular season with a big three-game weekend. Wilton takes on New Fairfield on Friday, Norwalk on Saturday and St. Marys of Ridgefield on Sunday. Barring any makeup games, the playoffs begin March 1.
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