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    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    High school roundup: Wheeler clinches ECC Div. IV boys’ basketball title

    North Stonington — Deondre Bransford contributed 15 points, 13 rebounds and three steals in Wheeler’s 35-32 win over Lyman Memorial which wrapped up the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV boys’ basketball title on Saturday.

    The Lions, 13-4 overall, remain undefeated in their division at 7-0.

    Keith Zardies had eight points and six rebounds and Zane Brewer added seven points and five rebounds for Wheeler.

    Jordan Chandler had 14 points for the Bulldogs (5-13, 2-5).

    In other games:

    • Bacon Academy qualified for the CIAC state tournament with a 63-50 win over Plainfield. Jace King scored a career-high 23 points, Troy Johnson had 16 points and Kevin Claffey had a career-high 10 for the Bobcats (8-10), who won their third straight game.

    • Ethan Graham scored 20 points in Norwich Free Academy’s 60-57 loss to Hamden. Josh Lavoie and Camron Barboza each had eight for the Wildcats (8-8).

    Girls’ basketball

    • Rory Risley scored 28 points with 15 rebounds and three steals as Stonington beat Guilford 65-57 in a nonleague game. Katelyn Cadmus had 16 points and five rebounds for the Bears (12-7). Keira Reynolds led Guilford with 28 points.

    • Jenny Lopez had 19 points and Makayla Piaseczny scored 18 as Lyman Memorial beat Putnam 56-32 in an ECC Division IV game on Friday. Phoebe Carpenter had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Lopez had six assists and four steals and Piaseczny had four assists and four steals for the Bulldogs (13-6, 7-1). Lily Goyette led Putnam with 22 points.

    • Griswold lost to Windham 64-44 in an ECC Division III game on Friday. Abby Matheson led the Wolverines (5-15, 1-7) with 12 points.

    Fencing

    • Waterford’s Mohsin Arshad and Norwich Free Academy’s Marlena Downing finished first in the boys’ foil and girls’ foil, respectively, at the Inigo Montoya Cathy Mason Novice Invitational Tournament at Waterford High School.

    Ledyard’s Noah Nelson took first in the boys’ epee and Old Lyme’s Elizaveta Gregoire won the girls’ epee.

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