Jenna Vanhise 4 points, 4 rebounds
Three Pointers: Martin 2, Whitman 2
Jenna Vanhise 4 points, 4 rebounds
Three Pointers: Martin 2, Whitman 2
Amity beat a tough Trumbull team in the first round and had a great offensive night to beat Bethel 51-32 in the finals.
Amity, led by senior captain Jillian Martin with a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists),
Jayne Whitman also in double figures with 11 points.
There also were great contributions from Sarah Granados with 8 points and 8 rebounds, Abby Eschweiler with 8 rebounds and Meadow Blakeslee with 7 points and 3 assists.
Congratulations to Senior Captain Meadow Blakeslee for being selected to the All-Tournament Team and Senior Captain Jillian Martin as the Tournament MVP.
(3 pointers made: Whitman 3, Martin 2, Granados 2, Blakeslee 1)
— By Robyn Martin
This was a special evening for two of the players, Tara Laugeni, and Haley Esparo, the only seniors on the team. Fans kept their attention on #34 – Laugeni, counting each time she made a basket waiting for that one point when she would hit that magical number 1,000 and join the other four female players in Amity history to accomplish this landmark.
Laugeni made two 2-point shots in the first quarter and, with the second shot came her big moment. Her teammates, parents, family members, coach, and friends charged onto the court and put the game on hold for about three minutes while everyone took photos and congratulated her.
In total, Laugeni scored 20 points in this game, followed by Jill Martin, with 19.
Esparo made 5 points, and Skylar Burzynski, Cat Thomas and Meaghan Smith each added 4.
The Lady Spartans declawed the Panthers in this game, the closest that Career came in the point spread was 3 points behind at the end of the first quarter at 17-14.
The halftime score was 34-16, Amity.
Third quarter, in which many of Amity’s younger players took the court, ended at 50-18.
Everyone got to play in the fourth quarter and the Lady Spartans won this senior night game 60-24.
I must commend the Panthers for demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout this game. Their #3 was always there to extend a hand and help someone up off the floor no matter what team she was from. That was refreshing.
NEXT UP: The girls defeated Guilford 39-34 at Amity on Thursday and now it’s on to the SCC Girls Basketball Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Sheehan HS, #2 Hamden vs. #7 Amity Regional, 2:30 p.m.
Photos by Scott Burzynski
Basketball season is coming up! Here’s your opportunity to train with Amity’s awesome girls’ coach Michelle Shoop as she hosts her 7th Annual Amity Girls Basketball Clinic for girls in 2nd-8th grade, beginning tomorrow, Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Amity High School.
This is a six-week basketball clinic administered by the coach and her Amity Girls Basketball Team. All levels are welcome.
Dates are Oct. 4, Oct. 9, Oct 18, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, and Nov. 6.
This is what’s covered:
• Drills – Skills, that if practiced regularly will elevate your game to a higher level
• Shooting Sessions – Players can work exclusively on their shooting skills
• Competitions – Players will build the basketball skills required for success at any level.
• One-on-One Time – with current Amity High School Players
• Games – Each clinic will end with game play to practice what you have learned.
Cost – in advance (today!) $15 per session or $90 for all sessions. At the door $17 per session or $102 for all sessions.
For more details please contact Coach Shoop at email@example.com today!
There is no doubt about it that this was Amity’s night. Michelle Shoop’s girls hit the court on fire and were spot on with just about every move they made.
Tara Laugeni was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points, followed by Jill Martin with 17.
Amity got a quick jump on Sacred Heart with a 17-4 lead.
It was more of the same in the second as the Lady Spartans continued to trample the Sharks with 20 points to Sacred Heart’s 7. Score: 37-11 Amity.
Several younger players who don’t normally get much play time were able to show their skills in the second half of the game as coach Michelle Shoop split the time up between her starters and the underclassmen.
Amity made 13 points to Sacred Heart’s 7 bringing the score to 50-18.
Shoop continued to give her younger players some court time and the Lady Spartans made 14 points to the Shark’s 11.
Final Score: Amity 64, Sacred Heart Academy 29
Amity: Tara Laugeni 7 4-4 18 and 9 rebounds, Jill Martin 7 0-2 17 (three 3-pointers), Leia Foyer 4 1-1 10 (one 3-point goal), Amanda Granados 3 2-3 9 (one 3-point goal, plus 10 assists). Hayley Esparo 1 0-0 2, Jenna VanHise 1 0-0 2, Carly Marchitto 1 0-0 2 and 8 rebounds, Skylar Burzynski 1 0-0 2, Mya Manzione 1 0-0 2, Totals: 26 7-10 64.
Sacred Heart Academy: Elena Tarquharson 4 3-4 11, Clarie Vissers 3 0-0 6, Mary Sarah Olson 1 0-0 3 (3-point goal), Emily Copenhavek 1 0-2 3, Sydney Peters 1 0-0 3 (3-point goal), Gabriela Koziol 0 2-2 2, Ally Kirck 0 2-1 1. Totals: 10 6-14 29.
3-pointers: Sacred Heart 3, Amity 5.
The Titans kept the Spartans on their toes throughout the game, allowing Amity to catch up and tie and then forging ahead again.
Amity was ahead in the first quarter by one (10-9), but after that it was a battle. 26-23, Sheehan in the second. 34-28, Sheehan in the third. Amity tied the game 43-43 in the fourth quarter. Both teams fought in overtime, but in the end, Sheehan came out on top with a 51-49 victory.
In the last two quarters, the game seemed dependent on the foul shots, both teams sunk some and missed a few too.
Sheehan 9 17 8 9 8 – 51
Amity 10 13 5 15 6 – 49
Amity’s Emma Gehr was the game’s high scoring player with 22 points, (including five 3 point shots)
SHEEHAN – Lexi Ocasio 18, Olivia Robles 13 (including one 3 point shot), Kaitlin Lagase 10, Carolyn Biel 5, Sydney Hunt 2, Julia Zielinski 2, Sydney Robinson 1.
Totals: 15 20-27 51
AMITY – Emma Gehr 22, Amanda Granados 8, Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 7, Jillian Martin 7, Tara Laugeni 5.
Totals: 13 15-22 49
3-point goals: Sheehan 1 (Robles 1); Amity 8 (Gehr 5, Granados 1, Iwaszkiewicz 1, Martin 1)
Records: Sheehan 5-4; Amity 5-4.
The Lady Spartans are on the road this week, Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Branford and Friday, Jan. 20 at Mercy in Middletown.
There was a lot of back and forth throughout the game. Everyone played hard and kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Sacred Heart did pull ahead in the second quarter, going into the half with a two point lead —33-31. After that, it was all Amity, ending the game 10 points ahead — 65-55.
The Pacers’ Claudia Capozzo was the game’s high scoring player with 23 points.
Amity 16 31 49 65
Sacred Heart 9 33 44 55
Amity: Jill Martin 14, Amanda Granatas 12, Haley Espero 10, Emma Gehr 10 (including one 3-point shot), Hannah Iwasziewicz 6, Tara laugeni 6, Stef DelVechio 4, Carly Marchitto 1.
Sacred Heart: Claudia Capazzo 23 (including seven 3-point shots), Allie Brennan 15 (including one 3-point shot), Alekse Koziol 7 (including one 3-point shot), Gabby Koziol 6, Jacquie Esposito 2, Allie Kirck 2.
Three Point Goals: Amity 1 (Gehr 1); Sacred Heart 9 (Capazzo 7, Brennan 1, Koziol 1)
Records: Amity 5-3; Sacred Heart 3-5
Amity’s Jillian Martin was the game’s high scoring player with 24 points. East Haven’s Olivia Coyle followed with 23 points.
Amity had a 6 point lead after the first quarter 18-12, but it was downhill after that.
Amity 18 10 10 16 – 54
East Haven 12 15 15 21 – 63
The game’s point-makers
Amity: Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 8, Tara Laugeni 8, Emma Gehr 7, Hayley Esparo 4, and Carly Marchitto 3. Totals: 18 13-21 54
East Haven: Kylie Schlottman 22, Alexis Pendziwater 6, Isabella Ragaini 5, Marley Herard 5, Haley Capozzo 2. Totals: 20 19-31 63
3-point goals: Amity 5 (Martin 4, Gehr 1); East Haven 4 (Pendziwater 2, Ragaini 1, Herard 1);
Records: Amity 4-3; East Haven 8-1
The Lady Spartans are HOME tonight at 7 p.m.
The Lady Spartans had a phenomenal 2015-16 season under the leadership of former Amity player Courtney Brinton, a 2008 graduate. But Amity Girls’ Basketball Head Coach Michelle Shoop is back on the court after taking last year off for maternity leave.
Amity has a young team, including several freshmen this year. We’re going to miss seeing last year’s players Katie Helfenbein, Elise Graham and Molly Dragan. Orange Live was there to watch their last scrimmage game. They didn’t quite win, but who knows what the season will bring?
Here’s this year’s roster (by grade) no jersey numbers are available yet.
Freshmen: Meadow Blakeslee, Jocelyn Buynak, Lauren Campos, Ana Carney, Cora Cogill, Mikenna Demorro, Jillian Martin, Catherine Thomas, Kelly Thomas, Jenna Vanhise, Jenna Walsh, and Valeria Yanqui.
Sophomores: Abigail Bowser, Hayley Esparo, Cailey Esposito,Hannah Iwaszkiewicz, Tara Laugeni, Sophie O’Brien, and Madelyn Pickett.
Junior: Amanda Granados and Carly Marchitto.
Seniors: Stefanie Delvecchio, Jessica Ferraiolo, and Emma Gehr.
The girls play their first regular season game against Kolbe Cathedral tonight at Amity at 7 p.m.
Following is this week’s schedule.
|Tue., 12/13||Kolbe Cathedral||Home – Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at Amity Regional HS
|Fri., 12/16||Hillhouse||Away – Hillhouse HS Gym
For Amity’s newlywed Coach Michelle Shoop this looks to be a big year, her young team, led by captain Elise Graham, already is showing a lot of promise, passing the ball and playing harder with each passing game.
Adding to the excitement at Amity during this game was the presence of most of the 2013-14 players who graduated in June. The girls, who are on holiday break, cheered their former teammates on from the sidelines — and they weren’t disappointed.
“It was great seeing our seniors from last year coming out to support us. They’re all home for break,” Shoop said. “They’re the one that started this four years ago, starting a new tradition at Amity so it’s great that they’re following up.”
The Lady Spartans stayed ahead of the Green Dragons throughout the game 1st Q 12-10; 2nd Q 20-19; 3rd Q 29-21.
Graham (#24) was the high scoring player with 19 points — 8 of them in the second quarter.
“Hamden is a good team, with a couple of good players, they play tough, they’re strong, they’re big. So in the first half we were a little slow getting started,”Shoop said, “We out rebounded them in the second half and that’s where we went on our push.”
She added, “Elise had a great game. she had 19 points, 10 rebounds 5 assists and 3 steals and she did a great job passing the ball to everyone.”
Junior Molly Dragan (#23) was the second highest scorer with 8 points, followed by senior Kaitlin Thomas (#12) contributing 7 points
On Hamden’s side, senior Lauren Singleton (#10) was the high scorer with 9 points, followed by junior Jessica Davis (#4) and sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (#2) each with 8 points.
Amity defeated Hamden 43-31.