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Wilton Girls, Fulton Hold Off Stamford, 49-40

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton High girls basketball team has looked nearly unstoppable in its seven wins, but has had some perplexing slip-ups in its three losses. The dominant Wilton team showed up on Tuesday evening against Stamford, as the Warriors held off a scrappy fourth quarter comeback by the Black Knights for a 49-40 win.

“We knew they were capable of comebacks and we knew that even if we had the lead we had to buckle down and keep it up through the end,” Wilton senior Maddy Fulton said. “We focused on boxing out tonight. When we have a good game we put them away pretty quickly and we stay up.”

While Wilton led from wire to wire, the Black Knights did not make life easy for the Warriors. Her team trailing by 11 after three quarters, Stamford’s Kelsey Cognetta buried a pair of three-pointers in the fourth to cut into Wilton’s lead. Stamford pulled within five points when Lauren Schapiro converted a four-point play after being fouled on a three-point attempt that hit nothing but net.

Wilton immediately responded, however, as Casey Pearsall was fouled on the ensuing play. Fulton capped a huge night with a rebound and put-back basket on Pearsall’s second attempt to put Wilton back up by eight.

Fulton led the Warriors with 14 points and eight rebounds. Four of those rebounds came at crucial moments in the fourth quarter when Stamford was attempting to mount its comeback.

“The girls played together. They know their role, but sometimes they have to be reminded. Sometimes they tend to do too much and they didn’t tonight,” Wilton head coach Jaclyn Woitkowski said. “We don’t need to go for steals or something like that. We want the other team to make its own mistakes.”

Casey Pearsall and Alyssa Malvarossa were right behind Fulton with 13 points each. Stamford had only four players record points on the evening, as Wilton showed off a smothering defense.

Wilton (7-3, 7-2 conference) travels to Norwalk on Thursday to take on a streaking Bears team at 5:45 p.m. Norwalk has won eight in a row.

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