NORTH STONINGTON — Kaite Morgan scored a game-high 15 points, and Mackenzie Brayman added 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Wheeler High girls’ basketball team complete a rare, two-game, season-sweep of Griswold Tuesday in a 42-28 ECC-Small victory.
Morgan’s 15-point outing was her second best performance of the season. She had 18 against Griswold on Jan. 24.
The Lions (4-12, 2-7 ECC-Small) beat the Wolverines, 56-49, Jan. 24 for their other divisional victory. Wheeler had lost four straight games since that victory. Before this season, Wheeler was 0-8 against Griswold since the Wolverines moved to the ECC-Small in 2009-2010.
Wheeler dominated the boards, grabbing 34 rebounds. Jess Muller had 10 rebounds and Kylie Baker grabbed nine. Jess Muller led Wheeler with four steals.
The Lions never trailed in the contest, jumping to a 7-2 lead three minutes into the game and settling for a 10-6 edge after one quarter. Wheeler held Griswold (2-16, 0-9 ECC-Small) to two points in the second quarter, coasting to a 21-8 halftime edge.
Kirsten Drobiak (14 points) helped the Wolverines outscore the Lions, 11-4, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 25-19 after three quarters. Griswold came as close as 26-24 with 4:58 left, but the Lions’ Lexie Galluci made a 3-point basket to make it a Wheeler 29-24 lead with four minutes left.
Brayman made three baskets down the stretch to key a 13-4 Wheeler run to end the game. Wheeler hosts Windham Friday at 7 p.m.
JEWETT CITY — Griswold’s defense silenced two of Wheeler’s top scorers Tuesday as the Wolverines rolled to victory in ECC-Small Division action.
The Wolverines (8-9, 4-5 ECC-Small) jumped to a 44-17 halftime lead against the Lions (2-13, 1-8 ECC-Small) and held Wheeler leading-scorer Jacob Raggon to three points. Raggon scored 62 points in Wheeler’s previous two games.
Griswold also held Troy Stefanski to a field goal and two points.
“Griswold pounded us on the backboards and was very tough defensively,” Wheeler coach Neal Cobleigh said. “It was a rough game for us, but our subs played very hard in the fourth quarter, when we outscored them, 15-7.”
T.J. Condon and Mike Dellaporta led the Lions with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Max Dussault scored six points off the bench and was Wheeler’s leading rebounder with three.
Cole Mileski scored 14 points to lead Griswold, which made six 3-pointers. The Wolverines swept the season series with Wheeler, having topped the Lions, 74-50, Jan. 24.
Wheeler plays at Windham 7 p.m. Friday.