STONINGTON — Tuesday’s ECC Medium Division game between the Stonington High girls’ basketball team and Montville was the definition of back and forth.
The Indians outscored the Bears in the first and third quarters but the Bears were even better in the second and fourth and came away with a 52-44 win Tuesday.
Stonington (10-5, 3-3 ECC-Medium) trailed 10-5 at the end of the first quarter and was down 19-16 in the second quarter when it went on an 11-0 run to end the half.
Chelsea Alfonso’s 3-pointer at the buzzer put Stonington 27-19 at the break.
Montville (9-6, 4-2 ECC-Medium) responded in the third quarter and cut the lead down to two points (37-35) but Stonington was able to stay ahead in the fourth quarter and hit its foul shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
“The free throws were really big for us tonight,” Stonington coach Paulla Solar said.
“We’ve had some trouble at the free-throw line this year but we were 22 of 31 tonight and we were really good shooting them in the fourth quarter.
“Defensively we didn’t have any lulls and we kept pushing the ball up the court in the fourth quarter.”
Solar said she was also pleased with her team’s defensive effort, particularly on Montville’s 6-foot, 3-inch center Cassidy Bundy.
Bundy, who Solar said will play basketball at the University of Hartford next year, was held to just seven points thanks some tenacious defense.
“Annie Knizeski and Claire Schlink both did a great job denying her passes,” Solar said.
Bundy also fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game.
Tatyana LaFrance Boyce led Stonington and matched a career high with 25 points. The sophomore guard has eclipsed the 20-point mark in three of her last four games.
Stonington junior center Margot Calmar was held to a season low six points and had a tough night shooting the ball but did manage to grab 18 rebounds.
The seesaw nature of Tuesday’s game still paled in comparison to the bizarre game the Bears and Indians played Dec. 13.
Stonington outscored Montville 21-12 in the second quarter but were then outscored 5-1 in the second half before the Bears ultimately fell 38-37 in overtime.
Stonington travels to Waterford Friday for a 7 p.m. ECC Medium Division game. Waterford won the first meeting between the two schools, 56-53 on Dec. 20 in Stonington.
OAKDALE — Turnovers hurt the Bears in the second half and led to Stonington’s ninth straight loss in Tuesday’s ECC Medium Division game.
The Bears (1-12, 0-5 ECC-Medium) only trailed 39-36 at halftime but the second half saw a rise in tempo and mistakes for the Stonington offense.
“In the first half we moved the ball around well and took good shots,” Stonington first-year coach Chad Barclay said. “We started playing faster in the second half and then started to turn the ball over and take some bad shots.”
The Indians (2-11, 1-4 ECC-Medium) extended the lead 54-47 after three quarters then pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to 9-11 foul shooting.
Riley Sorrento came off the bench and led Stonington with 18 points. Matt Donahue scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Montville’s Buddy DeWaine led all scorers with 23 points.
The game was the first of the home-and-home series between Stonington and Montville.
The Bears host Waterford Friday at 7 p.m. The Lancers won 68-44 on Dec. 20 in Waterford.
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