PUTNAM, Conn. — Wheeler High held a slim lead after three quarters but was unable to fend off Putnam, falling 33-29 in a nonleague girls basketball game Monday.
The Lions led 22-21 heading into the fourth quarter. The final period was “back and forth,” Lions coach Christine Corah said, but the Clippers “made some shots and we didn’t, and they answered every shot we made.”
“But our defense played great and everyone was in there rebounding.”
Emma Morgan finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Wheeler. Sam Caster had 10 boards and Molly Butremovic grabbed eight.
Wheeler (6-15) played without its best rebounder, Savannah Galluci, who is sidelined by an injury.
Putnam (14-4) has won five of its last six games.
Wheeler next travels to Griswold on Wednesday for the play-in round of the ECC Division II tournament. Wheeler is the No. 10 seed, while Griswold (6-14) is seeded seventh. The start time is 7 p.m.
The winner travels to No. 2 Lyman Memorial on Thursday for a quarterfinal-round game.
— Ken Sorensen