Local roundup: St. Bernard, Stonington boys advance to D-IV quarters
Montville — De'Andre Williams and Max Lee each hit a pair of 3-pointers during an explosive first quarter that lifted fifth-ranked St. Bernard to a 71-50 victory over No. 12 Wolcott in the second round of the CIAC Division IV boys' basketball tournament on Wednesday night.
The Saints (21-4) built a 21-4 lead in the first eight minutes and were never threatened. They will visit No. 4 New Canaan, a 55-27 winner over No. 13 Griswold, in Friday's quarterfinals at 7 p.m.
Williams finished with a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, all in the first half for St. Bernard while Lee added 18 (three 3-pointers), Joe Beltran 15 and Quincy Francois 12.
Chris Harris scored 19 points for Wolcott.
In other games:
• RJ Parrilla had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals as eighth-ranked Stonington edged No. 9 Old Saybrook 55-49 in overtime in the Division IV second round.
The Bears (19-6) will host No. 16 St. Joseph (13-10) in Friday’s quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The Cadets knocked top-seeded and previously unbeaten Cromwell 74-58.
“We’re just so ecstatic to be in the state quarterfinals,” Stonington head coach John Luzzi said. “It’s awesome.”
The Bears trailed 29-20 at halftime, but switched defenses in the second half, rallied, and actually missed a lay-up at the buzzer that would have won the game in regulation.
“We had to switch from man-to-man to a 1-3-1, and it really kind of threw off their rhythm,” Luzzi said. “We battled. We didn’t have a good shooting night, but we got a lot of steals with the 1-3-1 and were able to claw back.”
Zach Scott had 13 points and seven rebounds, Jacob Geary had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Cooper Wall made three 3-pointers and scored nine for Stonington.
Davis Brown scored 21 for the Rams (16-7) and Shane Henderson scored 18.
Old Lyme's Britney Detuzzi finished ninth in the all-around competition at the State Open championships at New Milford High School. Detuzzi finished with a total of 34.75 points which included a third in the floor exercise (9.3 points) and a ninth on the balance beam (8.65).
Detuzzi qualified for Saturday's New England Championship at Hudson (Mass.) with her top 10 finish in the all-around as did teammate Maria Denya and two Stonington gymnasts — Hanna Laskey and Katya Torruella. Denya and Torruella tied for 10th on the balance beam (8.55) while Laskey was fifth on vault (9.3) and fifth on bars (8.8).
Woodstock Academy won the team title, its seventh in the last eight seasons, with 142.475 points.
• Waterford's Kody Dow was the top local finisher in the Class M diving championships at Bulkeley, finished 13th with 279.45. Teammate Jason Blain finished 14th with 277.95 while East Lyme's top finisher was Ryan McLaughlin in 26th with 163.50 points. Wethersfield's Hadden Gaunt won the state title with 435.95.
• Carter Hawthorne scored four goals as Wesleyan, the top-ranked Division III team in the country, rolled to a 17-6 non-conference win over Coast Guard Academy. Riley McNulty scored three goals for the Bears (2-2) while Benner Guertsen scored twice and added an assist while Logan Tobias scored his first career goal.
College indoor track
• Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney was named 2019 NCAA Division III New England Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year. Mooney, an All-American, is the first CGA female athlete to win the honor. Mike Flint won the men's award in 2007. Mooney is undefeated and the D-III leader in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meters. In the 5,000, her time 16:27.30 is No. 2 in D-III history and her 9:27.25 in the 3,000 ranks No. 3 all-time. She will run the 5,000 and distance medley relay at this weekend's national meet in Boston.
• UConn Avery Point's Mia Brennan of Waterford was named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Brennan averaged 39 points, 6.5 assists and six steals as the Pointers won the Region XXI title for the second straight year, including 42 points in the title win over Massasoit to win tournament MVP honors. Avery Point is the sixth seed and will play No. 3 Owens Community (Ohio) in the opening round of national tournament on March 14 in Bethlehem, Pa.
Wolves acquire Resetarits
• The New England Black Wolves acquired forward Joe Resetarits from the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2022 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2019 draft. The 5-foot-11 Resetarits, in his seventh season, had 15 goals and 26 assists in 10 games with Rochester. He was an All-Pro second team pick in 2017-18.
"Joe is someone we've had our eye on for a couple of years," general manager Rich Lisk said. "We couldn't be more excited to add such a dynamic and selfless player to the Pack. We believe Joe is a perfect fit on the field, but more importantly, he fits into the culture we have established."
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