Local roundup: New London advances to ECC Div. I semifinals
New London — Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals as No. 2 New London sprinted out to an early lead and beat No. 7 Stonington on Thursday, 54-38, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' basketball tournament quarterfinal.
The Whalers went on an 11-0 run during the first quarter and took a 22-10 lead into the second quarter.
Jayden Burns had 19 points and six steals for New London (18-3) and Wendy Gethers had seven points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
New London, ranked fifth in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 poll, will play No. 3 Bacon Academy in Saturday’s semifinals at 3:30 p.m. Bacon beat No. 6 Waterford in its quarterfinal, 55-50.
All ECC Division I and II semifinals will be played that day at Norwich Free Academy.
Zoe Ribeiro had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Bears (8-12) and Sophia Bell had 16 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Sophia Fernholz added 13 rebounds.
In other ECC tournament quarterfinals:
• Riley Ellington scored a game-high 17 as top-seeded NFA beat No. 9 Ledyard, 54-24, in its Division I game. Jenissa Varela had nine points for NFA (17-4), which used a 24-6 second-quarter edge to pull away for the win. The Wildcats, ranked seventh in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register poll, will play No. 4 East Lyme at 5:30 p.m. Natalyah Williams scored 10 and Samantha Money scored eight for the Colonels (6-16).
• Caitlin Shea made a pair of free throws with 6.1 seconds left to seal No. 3 Bacon Academy's 55-50 win over No. 6 Waterford. The Lancers, who trailed 52-41 with 3 minutes left, went on a 9-0 run to get as close as 52-50 and also missed a potential tying 3-point shot from the corner with Bacon ahead 53-50 with 9 seconds remaining. Lily Kramer had 16 points and Milena Walker scored 13 for Waterford (8-13). Marissa Nudd led Bacon (18-3) with 18 points and sophomore Emma Mancuso had 10 points and 16 rebounds in her first varsity start.
• Maya Hillman had 15 points and 22 rbounds and Alexis DeLucia scored 16 as No. 4 Montville beat No. 5 Wheeler 57-35 in a Division II game. Alexis Michon had 10 points and seven rebounds, DeLucia had five steals and Hillman blocked six shots for Montville (10-11). Sam Caster had 11 points and Addie Hauptmann scored 10 for Wheeler (12-9).
H.S. boys' basketball
• Dorell Cagle scored 13 points as Ledyard beat Griswold 55-43. Xander Hutchins had eight points and 15 rebounds and Jabari Jones scored 10 for Ledyard (11-8).
• Amina Wiley had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Mitchell trounced Becker, 71-44, in a New England Collegiate Conference game. The Mariners shot 51.7-percent (31-of-60) from the floor. Kelsey Hernandez had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists and Le’Sandra Turner had 12 points and four assists for Mitchell (15-9, 10-3). Cassidy Harrison had 26 points and six rebounds for the Hawks (10-14, 8-5).
• Old Lyme's Abby Stone had 31 points and 11 rebounds as No. 13 Avery Point beat Gateway Community College 92-72. Rebekah Sanders of Quaker Hill had 19 points and 20 rebounds, Sarah Wisniewski scored 14, Carsen Keith of Preston had 12 points and six rebounds and Stone had six assists and three steals for the Pointers (16-8).
• Coast Guard had third-place finishes in both 800-yard freestyle relays as the New England and Men's Athletic Conference Championships at MIT began. The women's team of Sarah Passilla, Josie McGuire, Lindsey Blake and Hannah Fernandes had a time of 4:39.80 while the men's team of Devin McClure, Max McCall, John Feliz and Bobby O'Donnell placed third had a time of 6:46.37.
• The Connecticut College men's team began competing at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships at Williams College with a 17th-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Marc Stern, Colin Merrill, Brandon Louison and Josh Franco had a time of 6:59.82.
• The Eastern CT Eagles lost to the Lyman Hall co-op 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday night. With the goalie pulled, Evan Tower of the Eagles scored with 19 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime. Matt Pettit's overtime goal gave Lyman Hall the win.
Cade Waters had two goals and an assist, Tower had a goal and an assist, Miles Hinkley had two assists, Steve Turchetta scored, Rylin Fowler made 39 saves and Will Cannella and Ryan LoVetere had assists for the Eagles (8-9).
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