Local roundup: Waterford, Ledyard girls win Class M openers

Montville's Kim Bigelow grabs a loose ball during Monday night's 50-49 loss to East Haven in the first round of the Class M girls' basketball tournament. See local roundup on Page C2.
Montville's Kim Bigelow grabs a loose ball during Monday night's 50-49 loss to East Haven in the first round of the Class M girls' basketball tournament. See local roundup on Page C2. Tim Martin/ The Day Buy Photo

Waterford — Adily Martucci scored a game-high 22 points, leading Waterford past Jonathan Law, 61-37, in a CIAC Class M girls' basketball tournament first round game Monday night.

The sixth-seeded Lancers built a 34-20 halftime lead and never trailed again.

Alyssa Hancock had 13 points and eight assists and Christine Hadfield added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Waterford.

Jonathan Law was seeded 27th.

In second-round action, Waterford (18-3) hosts No. 11 Hartford Sport Sciences (16-5) on Thursday.

In other tournament action:

• No. 17 Ledyard raced out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 51-31 win over No. 16 Northwestern Regional of Winsted in the Class M first round. Kylie Fustini led the Colonels (15-8) with 17 points and eight rebounds while Michelle Klinikowski had 11 points and seven rebounds. Ledyard visits No. 1 Weaver (20-1) on Thursday.

• No. 10 Montville fought back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game before losing to No. 23 East Haven, 50-49, in a Class M first round game. East Haven made the game-winning free throw with 4.5 seconds left and then Montville failed to get off a shot.

Kim Bigelow and Jamie Hill each had 16 points for the Indians (16-5).

• Amanda Roy led No. 26 Stonington with 12 points in a 68-39 loss to No. 7 Suffield in the Class M first round. Margot Calmar had two points and 14 rebounds for the Bears who trailed 21-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Men's indoor track

• Central Connecticut's Sam Alexander, a senior from Waterford, shattered his own school record in capturing the 3,000-meter race at Saturday's New England indoor track and field championships at Boston University. Alexander finished in 8:17.58, breaking his previous record of 8:21.50 by nearly four seconds. He has qualified to participate in the upcoming IC4A meet.

Men's basketball

• St. Thomas More has been seeded second for the New England Class AAA Prep School tournament and will play No. 7 Maine Central Institute in the quarterfinals on Wednesday (5 p.m.) at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

The Chancellors are 26-6. The St. Thomas More-MCI winner will face either No. 3 New Hampton or No. 6 South Kent in the semifinals on Friday and the championship will be played on Sunday, also at Endicott. Brewster Academy is the No. 1 seed.

• Mitchell College sophomore Joshua Ford was named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year and also earned All-NECC first team honors. Ford led the NECC in rebounding (12.4 per game) while averaging 14.9 points. 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals. He is the first Mitchell player to earn first-team NECC honors.

Women's basketball

• Mitchell freshman guard Sheanna James was earned All-NECC second-team honors while senior guard Biana Young was an honorable mention choice. James was second in the NECC in scoring (17.5) and led the league with 58 steals. Young averaged career highs of 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Men's swimming

• Connecticut College senior Tim Walsh won three events of the Camels five events and Conn set eight school records en route to a fourth-place finish in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships.

Conn finished with 964 points, the highest total in program history. Walsh swept the 50, 100 and 200 yard backstroke events and was honored with the NESCAC Four-Year High Point Award for scoring the most points at conference championships during his storied career. He set a school and NESCAC record in the 50 back preliminaries (22.77 seconds) and qualified for the NCAA Division III meet in the 100 back (49.78 seconds).

Sophomore Sam Gill also qualified for the nationals by setting a school, meet and pool record in the 100 fly (48.73) while adding a second in the 50 fly (22.45). Conn's other win came from its 200 medley erlay team of Walsh, Gill, Kirk Czelewicz and Patrick McGinnis (1:32.42), while Walsh, Gill, Czelewicz and Cameron Johnson place third in the 400 medley relay (3:24.31). Both relay teams provisionally qualified for the nationals.

Other school records were set by Czelewicz in the 100 breast (59.12) and 200 breast (2:09.54), Bohdan Martin in the 500 freestyle (4:38.61), 1,000 free (9:36.78) and 1,650 free (16:10.55), and Albert Perley in the 400 IM (4:13.84.).

Montville's Cassidy Bundy, right, grimaces while battling East Haven's Amanda Jessy for a rebound during the Indians' 50-49 loss in the first round of the Class M tournament on Monday night.
Montville's Cassidy Bundy, right, grimaces while battling East Haven's Amanda Jessy for a rebound during the Indians' 50-49 loss in the first round of the Class M tournament on Monday night. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
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