Heartbreaker: Lady Spartans Lose to Career in Double Overtime

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Jan 212016


file photo of the lady spartans in their “away” uniforms

The Amity Girls Basketball Team was away at Career Magnet in New Haven on Wednesday night for what turned out to be a nail-biting heartbreaker in double overtime.

The Lady Spartans took an early lead against the Panthers outscoring their opponents 14-5 in the first quarter. They held onto their lead in the second quarter, even though they were outscored 12-9 by the Panthers. Score 23-17 Amity at the half.

The Panthers came alive in the third quarter, making 20 points to Amity’s 7 and taking a 37-30 lead.

The final quarter had both teams fighting hard for a victory with a lot of back and forth that was too close for comfort, the Lady Spartans had 17 points to the Panther’s 10, resulting in a tie… and overtime.

Both teams scored 6 points in overtime ending in yet another tie  — 53-53.

The second overtime was a battle for the win, but Career outscored Amity 10-7 and won the game 63-60.

Amity’s top players

Elise Graham was the game’s top scorer with 26 points, Molly Dragan 13 (including one 3-point goal), Kate Helfenbein 1 0-0 2, Emma Gehr 7 (including one 3-point goal), Alexa Gibbs 10.

Career’s top players

Ky’Jae Hargrove 7 5-7 19, Ashley Arroyo 13 (including three 3-pointers), Nia Hubbard 12 (including one 3-point goal), Breion Knox 11.

Records: Amity 7-4; Career 8-4

This information came from GAMETIMECT.COM while the CIAC website states the final score as 37-30 Career.

Amity (7-4) goes up against Sheehan (8-3) on Friday night in Woodbridge at 7 p.m. 


Boys Basketball: Amity Loses Season Opener to Career 68-45

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Dec 182014

Jr. Chris Winkel's hoop hanging move at Wednesday's basketball game.

Jr. Chris Winkel’s hoop hanging move at Wednesday’s basketball game.

Back in 2012-13, the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team had a great season with players like Zach Campbell and Remi Farrell leading the way.

Farrell was known for the way he would dunk the ball and then swing from the hoop. At Wednesday night’s game against the Career Panthers, another tall blonde, Chris Winkel, did just that, bringing fans back in time.

Although 2013-14 was a “rebuilding” year for Amity Coach Jeff Nielsen, his team seems to have some talent this year, with good team play and lots of hard work out on the court, in spite of the 23 point spread in the final.

Career is a strong team and their success at the foul line is nothing to sneeze at.

Playing in this game were:


Brett Zaniewski (10), Jared Tashea (31), Brett Southworth (33), Dave Piechota (34), Matt Ronai (43), Doug Rives (45),  and Phil Hochman (52)


Brian Ronai (2), Mike Stewart (3), Truman Etkin (15), Eli Oliphant (20), Chris Winkel (44) and Pasquale Villano (54)


Chris Wright (14) and Colin Beaulieu (12).

Winkel was the Spartan’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Matt Ronai with 11 points.

The boys play next at Hamden High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Amity vs Career 65-55 Loss Puts The Ladies Out of SCC Running

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Feb 252014

The Amity Lady Spartans and Crew.

The Amity Lady Spartans and Crew.

The Amity community loves the Amity Girls Varsity Basketball Team.

We appreciate the Lady Spartan’s good sportsmanship, team play, and amazing moves.
We celebrate with them when they win, and share their pain when things don’t go so well.
The girls gave us a memorable regular season, and last night, in East Haven, they went up against the #2 SCC team — Career. They gave it their all until the final buzzer.
Mikaila Schmitt was the high scorer with 19 points; Elise Graham made 17 points; followed by Janae Graham with 9; Chloe Brinton 6; then Molly Ronan and Amanda Vecchio each adding 2 points.
They lost a hard fought battle 65-55.
Parent Derek Graham, who has not missed seeing his two daughters play yet this season, said, “We played a very good Career team which will prepare us for the State Tournament coming up next Monday.”
The Lady Spartans may not have won the division title, but the State is still available.