GROTON — Margot Calmar made a key field goal down the stretch and Megan Sartor sank two clutch free throws helping Stonington High’s girls’ basketball team hold off Fitch Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
Sartor made two foul shots with 32 seconds remaining for the final points of the Bears’ 56-52 out-of-division ECC victory.
Calmar hit a shot from the foul line area prior to Sartor’s free throws, Stonington coach Paula Solar said.
Calmar, a 6-foot-1 junior center, scored 25 points and had 15 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Tatyana LaFrance Boyce added 17 points, three assists and three steals.
Sartor, a junior, finished with nine points, three assists and three steals.
“I feel good. I just said to them it’s much easier to go back and learn from your mistakes after coming home with a win,” Solar said.
“Overall, we did fine. We have to work on our box-outs. To work as hard as we do and press and to allow easy putbacks, we can’t be doing that.”
The Bears, who led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter, outscored the Falcons 17-4 in a 5-minute stretch of the second quarter to take their largest lead, 36-21.
Stonington’s last double-digit lead was 48-37 with 7:03 remaining.
Fitch scored the next seven points to get within 48-44. Stonington got its lead to eight, 54-46 with 2:35 remaining, but the Falcons were within two, 54-52 with 35 seconds left.
Fitch got back in the game with a combination of outside shooting and offensive rebounding.
LaFrance Boyce made a steal on the possession following Sator’s two clinching free throws to help seal the deal.
Mackenzie Aldridge led the Falcons with 15 points. She made one of Fitch’s four 3-pointers.
Fitch, an ECC-Large team, finished 5-15 last season. The Falcons beat the Bears 56-47 in last year’s opener, but Stonington turned the tables on the Falcons, 51-26, in the regular-season finale.
Stonington begins ECC Medium Division play on Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Montville.
Wheeler 43, Norwich Tech 18
NORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High pulled away in the second half of Wednesday’s nonleague game and went on to win its season opener handily.
The Lions outsocred Norwich Tech 14-0 in the second quarter to take a 21-2 halftime lead.
Four Wheeler players scored seven to nine points.
Junior Mckenzie Brayman scored nine and made three steals. Senior Jess Muller and junior Kylie Baker had eight points, and senior Jess Morgan had seven.
“It was a nice way to start because we could run our sets and get a little more confident in the offense we’re going to run this year,” Wheeler coach Dan Baker said. “That was the best part.”
Kylie Baker led the Lions in rebounds with five.
Norwich Tech finished 2-18 last season including a 50-21 loss to Wheeler on Dec. 28.
Wheeler has another nonleague game on Saturday, traveling to Parish Hill for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff.