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Girls Basketball: Tara Laugeni Makes History, Leads Team to Victory on Senior Night

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Feb 142019
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted the Career Panthers on Monday, Feb. 11, at Amity High School.

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

Girls Basketball: Amity Defeats Lyman Hall In First Round SCC Game

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Feb 162018
 

The fifth-ranked Amity Lady Spartans hosted the Lyman Hall Trojans for the first round in the SCC Tournament.

Tara Laugeni was the game’s high scoring player with 23 points, followed by Amanda Granados, with 11.

Lyman Hall’s Hailey Bruneau led the Trojans in scoring with 11 points.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop made sure everyone, including all the underclassmen, had some court time, especially when her girls had a solid 39-25 lead in the third quarter.

 

POINTS PER QUARTER

AMITY –          11 12  16  7 – 46

LYMAN HALL –  8   9    8  2 – 27

 

SCOREBOARD

AMITY –           11  23  39  46

LYMAN HALL –   8  17  25  27

Amity
Tara Laugeni 1- 3-3 23; Amanda Granados 3 3-4 11 (two 3-pointers); Hayley Esparo 2 1-2 5; Jill Martin 1 0-3 3 (one 3-pointer); Jenna Van Hise 1 0-2 2; Mya Manzione 0 1-2 1; Meadow Blakeslee 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 9-18 46

Lyman Hall
Hailey Bruneau 3 4-4 11 (one 3-pointer); Kailey Lipka 3 0-0 8 (two 3-pointers); Theresa Lynch 1 1-2 3; Kelly Fernandez 1 1-2 3; Julia Capello 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 6-10 27

3-Pointers: Lyman Hall 3, Amity 3

NEXT UP: Amity (12-9) advances to the SCC quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Hamden, at Sheehan High in Wallingford Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Girls’ Basketball: Everyone Got To Play, Amity Slams Sacred Heart Academy 64-29

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Feb 012018
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball Team hosted Sacred Heart Academy on Jan. 30 in Woodbridge.

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.

First Quarter: 

Amity got a quick jump on Sacred Heart with a 17-4 lead.

Second Quarter:

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.

Third Quarter:

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.

Fourth Quarter:

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.

 

Girls’ Basketball: Jillian Martin Leads Amity To Victory Against Branford

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Jan 172018
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted Branford in Woodbridge on Tuesday night.

Amity took a 7-point lead in the first quarter — Score 18-11 Amity. The Lady Spartans maintained their lead in the second quarter with 11 points to Branford’s 7 —Score 29-18.

The third quarter nearly mirrored the last with Amity pulling in 12 points to Branford’s 7 — Score 41-25. It would have taken a miracle for the Hornets to sting the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Branford continued to trail Amity to the end, adding only 9 points to Amity’s 13. — Final Score 54-34 Amity

            SCOREBOARD

AMITY        18 11 12 13 – 54

BRANFORD 11   7   7   9 – 34

Notes:

Amity: Jillian Martin (#15) 8 1-1 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Tara Laugeni (#34) 7 1-2 15, Jenna VanHise (#21) 6 2-4 14, Amanda Granados 1 2-3 4 (#42), Hayley Esparo 0 1-2 1 (#44), Leia Foyer (#43)  0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-13 54.

Branford: Sophia Arareo 4 5-8 13 (includes two 3-pointers), Emma Pierson 2 5-8 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Karly King 2 2-2 8 (includes two 3-point goals), Francesca Valleta 1 0-0 2, Victoria Raffare 0 1-4 1.  Totals: 9 13-22 34.

3-point goals: Branford – 5; Amity -1

Girls’ Basketball: Amity Halts Guilford’s Perfect Season Record

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Jan 042018
 

What happens when you put two powerhouse basketball teams together on the court? You are treated to a phenomenal game.

That’s what we witnessed at Amity High School on Tuesday evening as the Lady Spartans hosted the Guilford Indians.

The teams were tied 9-9 in the first quarter then Guilford sprinted ahead in the first half of the second quarter leaving Amity 6 points behind, but nay nay, Amity Coach Michelle Shoop would not have any of that. The Lady Spartans tied the score again, pulled ahead and at the last minute Guilford scored another two points ending the first half at 21-19.

The third quarter belonged to Amity which trounced its guests with 16 points to a mere 2 points by the Indians. Third quarter score: 35-23 Amity.

After that The Indians could not catch up to the Lady Spartans, both teams played well in the final quarter, but it was Amity to the end with a 48-34 victory.

AMITY       9 10 16 13—48

GUILFORD 9 12   2 11—34

The game’s highest scoring player was Amity’s Tara Laugeni 6 5-7 17, who also had 16 rebounds and 5 steals. Next was  Jillian Martin 4 1-2 13, which included four 3-pointers, then Amanda Granados 4 3-4 12 (one 3-pointer and 9 assists), Jenna VanHise 2 0-0 4, who also had 11 rebounds, and Leia Foyer 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 11-15 48.

Guilford’s high scoring player was Amanda King 4 0-0 10, which included two 3-pointers. Followed by Jamie Danaher 3 2-4 8,  Molly Livell 3 0-0 7 (one 3-pointer),  Hannah McDermott 2 0-0 4, Sam Leiby 1 1-2 3, and Julia Hyman 1 0-0 2 Totals: 11 3-8 34.

Records: AMITY (6-1), GUILFORD (4-1)