H.S. roundup: New London boys outlast Stonington 69-63
New London — Freshman Tayeshawn Cunningham-Pemberton scored a game-high 27 points as New London won its second straight game with a 69-63 boys' basketball victory over Stonington on Saturday night at Conway Gymnasium.
Cunningham-Pemberton also had six rebounds for the Whalers (4-7) while Noah James added 19 points and another freshman, Camaree Williams, finished with nine poinds and 10 rebounds.
James also went 8-for-8 from the foul line, including 6-for-6 in the fourth quarter to keep the Bears from closing the gap.
Zach Scott scored 24 points for Stonington (8-3) while RJ Parrilla added 20 and Dorian White 10.
In other games:
• Mason Jackson erupted for 30 points as Norwich Free Academy rode a solid first half to an impressive 64-55 victory over Holy Cross. It was the third straight win for the Wildcats (9-3) and seventh in their last eight games, the lone loss coming on the road against No. 7 East Lyme. Nolan Molkenthin added 11 points for the Wildcats.
• Deshon Gittens made two of Weaver's five 3-pointers during a 21-point third quarter that lifted the Beavers to a 76-51 home win over Ledyard. Ken Turner had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Colonels (4-6). Weaver is 5-6.
• Old Lyme outscored Bacon Academy 33-18 in the second half to pull away for an easy 54-29 road win over the Bobcats. Aedan Using scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Brady Sheffield had 16 points and four steals for the Wildcats (9-1).
• Alyssa Virtue had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Fitch pulled away in the second half for a 53-31 win over Killingly. Nyseanah Ishmael added 10 points for the Falcons (5-8), who led 20-15 at halftime before outscoring Killingly 20-9 in the third quarter to take control. Frankie Foster added eight points for Fitch, including a pair of 3-pointers.
• Emily Nelson had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead St. Bernard to a 46-35 win over Old Saybrook. Amber Caldwell had 17 rebounds and seven points for St. Bernard (5-7).
• Maya Hillman had nine points and 15 rebounds to highlight Montville's 25-23 win over Ledyard. Kara Beaupre added eight points and five steals for the Indians (9-5) while Katie Krupansky scored 11 points to lead the Colonels (4-8) and Tajeah Winston added 12 rebounds.
• Two local wrestlers won championships at the Griswold Invitational. NFA's Brandon Nieto defeated East Haven's Tanner Divito 7-3 in the 138-pound final while Montville's Zack Navarrete decisioned Griswold's Dakota Gardner 3-1 in the 160 final. East Haven won the team title with 197 points while Griswold was second with 136, NFA was third with 125 and Montville was fourth with 120. St. Bernard/Norwich Tech placed eighth with 74.5 points.
NFA's Dominic Renfree (132), Montville's Blake Chapman (106), SB/NT's Logan Starr (126) and SB/NT's Roark Ryan (285) earned second-place finishes while thirds went to NFA's Connor Devega (120) and Eric Plainbull (170), Montville's Quinn Bond (126), Nick Wynosky (138) Branden Pederson (145) and Chris Jaskiewicz (220), and SB/NT's Will Korineck (182), and fourths went to NFA's Savannah Vanase (113) and Jadon Powell (145), and SB/NT's Xzias Bellamy (120).
• Ledyard went 3-1 at its own Jerry Watkins Colonel Duals, defeating Branford 54-28, New Canaan 54-22 and New Britain 38-27 while losing to Chariho (R.I.) 39-30. Connor Doran (106) went 4-0 with two pins to lead the Colonels (14-6) while Jacob Foster (120, 126), Tyler Miller (132), Mason Barnett (145), Adam Crawford (170, 182) and Davin McIver (285) all went 3-1. Barnett and Crawford also had two pins apiece.
• Rylin Fowler made 33 saves as the Eastern Connecticut Eagles defeated Sheehan 3-2. Trailing 1-0 after two periods, the Eagles (7-4) finally got their offense going by scoring three straight goals, the first two by Kyle Jacobson and the final goal by Trent Hughson. Ryan Huta, Evan Tower, Kyle Marino and Anthony Gesino were all credited with assists.
• Stonington's Rhys Hammond bettered his school record in the 600-meter race (1 minute, 24.75 seconds) to place second during the SCC Coaches Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Also for the Stonington boys, Joey Hinckley placed third in the pole vault (13 feet) and seventh in the 300 (37.16) while the 4x400 relay team of Lucas Heusman, Ethan Allen Fernandez, Chase Flynn and Hammond finished seventh in 3:40.02.
• For the Stonington girls, Lindsey Orr placed third in the 1,600 in 5:22.03, bettering her school record by 11 seconds, while the sprint medley relay team of Kaleigh Bolduc, Alex Jefson, Meg Detwiler and Jess Detwiler also placed third in 4:31.20. Also the Bears, the 4x400 relay team of Jess Detwiler, Meg Detwiler, Maggie Constantine and Keegan Donahue placed fourth (4:31.03), Bolduc was sixth (9.43) and Jefson seventh (9.46) in the 55 hurdles, and Donahue was seventh in the pole vault (8-6).
• Fitch's Nick Helbig finished third in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, three inches during the SCC Coaches Invite. Also for the Falcons, Tyler Cady placed seventh in the 300-meter dash in 36.99 seconds.
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