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Local roundup: Byrne leads Grasso Tech to victory

Manchester — Sophie Byrne scored 10 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter as Grasso Tech beat Cheney Tech 33-32 in a Connecticut Technical Conference girls' basketball game on Friday.

Cheney Tech led 28-23 after three quarters but was outscored by the Eagles 10-4 in the fourth quarter, with Byrne scoring all the points. Sam Post scored nine points for Grasso (2-7), which won its second straight. La'Joy Edwards had 18 points for Cheney (3-11).

In other games:

• Bacon Academy clinched a tie for the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II title with a 49-33 win over Killingly. Marissa Nudd had 18 points and six rebounds, Valerie Luizzi had 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Emma Mancuso had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Bacon (12-1, 6-0).   

• Montville lost to Plainfield 47-46 in overtime in an ECC Division III game. Maya Hillman had 20 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shot and Ava Collins had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Montville (7-8, 2-3). 

• Waterford beat Woodstock Academy 44-15 in an ECC Division II game. Milena Walker scored 19 points and 12 rebounds, Mia Chiappone had 10 points and five assists, Natalie Lombardi scored 10 and Sophia Hathaway had four steals for the Lancers (8-5, 3-2).

• Norwich Tech beat Vinal Tech 37-24 in a CTC game. Kaylee Gray had six points and 13 rebounds and Ashlyn Bill had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors (3-9). Demitiya Fountain led Vinal Tech (5-5) with 12 points.

• Old Lyme lost to East Hampton 42-39 in overtime in a Shoreline Conference game. Megan Loflin had 11 points and 16 rebounds and Alexi Fenton scored 10 for Old Lyme (6-6, 3-6). Loflin scored 17 points and had 16 rebounds as Old Lyme beat East Lyme 44-40 in a nonleague game on Thursday night. Fenton had 12 points and seven steals for Old Lyme and Izzy Pazzaglia led East Lyme (4-9) with 14 points.

• Gabby Dimmock scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds as Stonington beat St. Bernard 41-32. Rory Risley scored 12 points and MacKenzie Pettegrow had six rebounds for Stonington (7-7). Sophia Boras had 12 points and six rebounds and Angelica Tompkins had 10 points and four steals for the Saints (7-6).

• Jenny Lopez scored 16 points as Lyman Memorial beat Tourtellotte 44-30 in an ECC Division IV game on Thursday. Taylor Pankowski had seven points and six steals, Kassidy LaTour had six points and six steals and Lopez had five steals for Lyman (8-6, 4-1). 

H.S. boys' basketball

• Wheeler suffered its first loss in ECC Division IV play, losing to Tourtellotte 56-51 in overtime on Thursday. Zane Brewer of Wheeler made a 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Brewer finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Kessler scored 16  and Deondre Bransford had 14 rebounds for Wheeler (8-5, 4-1). Dan Boutin led Tourtellotte with 21 points.

H.S. wrestling

• Heavyweight Tyler Smith won both of his matches by pin in a combined 1 minute, 41 seconds for Ledyard in its tri-meet win over Putnam (42-21) and Old Lyme (54-4). Connor Doran (132) won twice by pin for Ledyard (12-6) and Jackson Hayward (152) won by both pin and decision. Also, Ryan Taggart (120) and Linda Holeman (138) both won by pin and forfeit and Caleb Petiote (160) won by a decision and forfeit.

Women's basketball

• Mariah Thomas scored on a put-back with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift New England College to a 63-62 win over Mitchell College in a New England Collegiate Conference game. Le'Sandra Turner led Mitchell with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sam McKenna had 14 points, Dede Stevenson scored 12 and Amina Wiley had 10 points for the Mariners (7-9, 0-1). 

Women's swimming

• Coast Guard rallied for a 141-138 win over Wellesley. The Bears' 400 freestyle relay won by four hundredths of a second in the final event to cap the comeback. Coast Guard (7-3) entered the final event trailing 134-128, but the 400 freestyle relay of Ellie Hiestand, Tamara Wheater, Tailyn Schaufelberger and Lindsey Blake posted the winning time of 3:43.42 to edge the Blue's relay and win the meet.

Blake won the 200 freestyle (2:01.35), Schaufelberger won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.57), Wheater won the 50 freestyle (25.27), Hiestand won the 200 breaststroke (2:33.17) and Josie McGuire won the 500 freestyle (5:23.67) while Taylor Young won the 1-meter diving with 208.60 points and the 3-meter board with 247.30 points to lead the Bears.

The Bears 200 medley relay of Isabel Robey, Hiestand, Wheater and Blake placed second (1:53.12) while Natalie Yurgil was second on the 1-meter board (208.20) and the 3-meter with 213.15 points.

Coast Guard had other second place finishers with Carol Duffy in the 200 freestyle (2:03.83), Meghan Bolin in the 200 butterfly (2:18.23), Blake in the 100 freestyle (55.60), Lucy Smutny in the 500 freestyle (5:28.61) and Schaufelberger in the 200 IM (2:20.12).

College notes

• Avery Point women's basketball player Nicole Cabusao of Groton has been selected to represent Region XXI on the National Junior College Athletic Association Student-Athlete Council. Cabusao is also a member of the Pointers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The council contains two student-athletes, one male and one female, from each of the 24 NJCAA regions. Cabusao is the third Avery Point student-athlete to be selected to this committee, as Carsen Keith and Dan LaBelle were both tabbed during the 2020-21 academic year.

• The Connecticut College men's and women's swimming and diving programs have been recognized as Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the 2020 fall semester. The women's team registered an impressive 3.80 team grade point average (GPA), which was the second highest score among all Division III women's programs. The men's team also received recognition with a team GPA of 3.32. To earn the distinction, a team needed to maintain a GPA above 3.0 during the 2020 fall semester.


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