Local roundup: South Kingstown edges New London in battle of unbeaten girls' basketball teams
South Kingstown — Faith Hutchins had 16 points and South Kingstown (R.I.) held on for a 45-43 victory over the New London High School girls' basketball team Wednesday night. In a matchup of previously unbeaten teams, the Rebels handed No. 3 New London its first regular-season loss in the last two years.
Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick led New London (6-1) with 16 points, while Xaryia Melendez had 10 points and nine rebounds. Tai Pagan added six points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots and Spencer Roman had six points, seven assists and six steals.
South Kingstown defeated another Eastern Connecticut Conference opponent, Stonington, 49-32 on Dec. 27. The Rebels (6-0) led 29-25 at halftime against New London.
In other games:
• Katie Krupansky scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as Ledyard defeated Killingly 27-23. Miranda Chesnut added 10 blocked shots for the Colonels (3-3).
• Charlotte Carney had 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals as as Fitch won its third straight with a 48-33 victory over Lyman Memorial. Nyseanah Ishmael added 13 points for the Falcons (3-4), who took control early, leading 28-9 at halftime.
• Kara Beaupre had 12 points, five assists and five steals to highlight Montville's 40-10 nonleague win over Norwich Tech. Maya Hillman added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians (5-2). Norwich Tech is 1-6.
• Sam Gray scored 17 points as Old Lyme rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second quarter to defeat Haddam-Killingworth 60-48 in the Shoreline Conference. Britney DeRoehn added 14 points and Emily DeRoehn nine for the Wildcats (5-3, 4-3), who pulled away with a 21-point third quarter.
• Julianna Bonilla had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Waterford defeat Plainfield 47-29. Marilyn Childs also had a double-double for the Lancers (2-3) with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Milly Walker pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
• Old Lyme took control in the second quarter, outscoring Haddam-Killingworth 26-9 en route to a 67-47 victory over the Cougars in the Shoreline Conference. Aedan Using led the Wildcats (5-1, 5-0) with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists while Brady Sheffield finished with 16 points, Jared Ritchie 11 and Connor Hogan 10.
• Cole Dirico (145 pounds) had the key win of the night, defeating last year's Class S 138-pound state champion Jarett Swett 6-2, to highlight Ledyard's 41-33 road victory over Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech. Brayden Grim (160), Adam Crawford (170) and Tolan Peterson (182) had pins for the Colonels (8-3), while Connor Doran (113) and Ty Miller (138) earned major decisions.
• Emerson defeated Coast Guard Academy 84-76 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference opener for both. Justin Kane led the Bears (9-2 overall) with a season-high 20 points while Nolan Benson added 16 and Tyler Perez had 12 points on four 3-pointers.
• Coast Guard's Packy Witkowski was named NEWMAC Player of the Week. The junior guard averaged 28 points and nine rebounds per game in two games for the Bears in a pair of wins at the Shenandoah (Va.) Tournament. He scored 32 points in a 99-87 win over host Shenandoah and added 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in an overtime win over Eastern (Pa.) in the final.
• Micaela Martinelli had a double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds, during Coast Guard's 69-61 nonconference loss to Elizabethtown. Kyra Hartman added 11 points and five rebounds for the Bears (3-8), who shot only 31.9 percent from the floor.
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