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Amity Girls Basketball Kicks off 2021-2022 Season

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Jan 042022
 

By Ed Whitman

The Amity Girls Basketball team got out of the gates strong earning a road victory, 55-37 over Lyman Hall.

Amity vs Lyman Hall

The team got out to a fast start leading 16-7 after one quarter and 26-19 at the half. With a great defensive effort and unselfish play on the offensive end, they built a ten-point lead going to the fourth
quarter and never looked back.

Amity had three players in double figures led by Junior Sarah Granados with 20 points, Sophomore Jillian Barnes with 15 and Senior Jayne Whitman 10 points.

Other Spartans in the scoring column included Sophomore Vivian Cain with 6 points and Senior Victoria Gaydos with 4 points. Senior Captain Meredyth Laskowski was a big factor on the defensive end all night long. The Spartans made 4 shots from long distance as well to kick off the season.

Amity 55, Lyman Hall 37

Amity          16  10   9   20  –  55

Lyman Hall   7  12   6   12   –  37

Jayne Whitman 1 1 5-6 10, Sarah Granados 7 1 3-8 20, Victoria Gaydos 2 0 0-1 4, Vivian Cain 2 0 2-6 6, Jillian Barnes 2 2 2-5 15

Amity vs Hamden

In their second game of the season Amity hosted a very athletic Hamden team. Amity was down early 14-8 as Hamden came out hot.

Amity played a strong second quarter but found itself down 25-17 at the intermission.

Hamden kept the pressure on in the second half getting to the rim often and coasted to a 52-36 victory.

Amity was led by Jayne Whitman and Sarah Granados each with 9 points, Vivian Cain tallied 8 points and Jillian Barnes and Victoria Gaydos with 6 and 4 points respectively.

Hamden 52, Amity 36

Hamden     14  11  11  16 – 52
Amity           8   9   6  13  – 36

Jayne Whitman 2 1 2-2 9, Sarah Granados 3 0 3-5 9, Victoria Gaydos 2 0 0-0 4, Vivian Cain 4 0 0-0 8, Jillian Barnes 0 2 0-0 6

Amity vs Masuk

Game three of the season took Amity on the road to Monroe to play in the annual holiday tournament, this year hosted by Masuk. In a low scoring first half with each team digging in defensively Amity found
itself tied at 13-13 at the break.

Masuk came out strong in the third quarter as Amity just could not get the ball to go in the basket and took a 23-19 lead into quarter number four.

The Spartans came out determined in the final period with some key steals by Sarah Granados, Jayne Whitman, and Jillian Barnes along with two long three-point field goals by Whitman and a key lay up by Vivian Cain to build a five-point lead that ultimately led to a 36-33 victory and a berth in the holiday tournament championship versus Trumbull, who beat Bethel earlier in the evening.

Amity got strong defensive efforts in the paint from Meredyth Laskowski, Vivian Cain, and Victoria Gaydos and a strong contribution from Lucci Dottori off the bench.

Granados led Amity with 15 points, Whitman had 10 and Barnes 5.

Amity 36, Masuk 33

Amity     4  9    6    17  – 36
Masuk    8 5   10   13  –  33

Jayne Whitman 0 3 1-2 10, Sarah Granados 4 1 4-8 15, Victoria Gaydos 1 0 0-0 2, Vivian Cain 1 0 0-0 2, Jillian Barnes 1 1 0-0 5, Lucci Dottori 1 0 0-0 2

Amity vs Trumbull

In the holiday tournament championship Amity took on a very talented Trumbull team and went toe-to-toe with the pre-season ranked top 10 team.

It was a defensive battle all evening that saw Amity down 14-7 after one period and 16-12 at the half. It was a 5-point game late in the third quarter at 25-20, but Trumbull closed the period on a 6-0 run to take a 11-point lead into the further quarter.

Amity just had many great looks in the second half, but the ball just would not find the bottom of the net as Amity lost 41-26 in a game that was much closer than the final score and finished as holiday tournament runner-up’s.

Victoria Gaydos tallied 8 points for Amity, Jayne Whitman had 6 points, 5 each from Sarah Granados and Meredyth Laskowski who led a fierce effort in the paint along with Vivian Cain. Whitman and Granados were also selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Trumbull 41, Amity 26

Trumbull   14  2  15  10 – 41
Amity.         7  5    8   6 – 26

Jayne Whitman 0 1 3-4 6, Sarah Granados 2 0 1-4 5, Victoria Gaydos 4 0 0-0 8, Meredyth Laskowski 2 0 1- 5, Lucci Dottori 0 0 2-2 2

 

NOTE: Thank you to Ed Whitman for your help covering Girls Basketball this year and to the photographer for these wonderful images. 

Amity Lady Spartans Off To Strong Start On The Hardwood

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Feb 192021
 

In a season like no other during a national pandemic, Coach Michelle Shoop’s Lady Spartans have gotten off to a strong 3-0 start to kick off the season. Returning a seasoned group of talented athletes, the team has benefited from their prior experience competing together, a collective defensive grit, timely shot-making, and a team-first attitude.

(photo by Scott Burzynski)

The Lady Spartans kicked things off with a convincing 38-24 win over perennial SCC powerhouse Hillhouse. In a total team effort, Amity saw seven different players hit the scoring column that included 14 points from Jayne Whitman, 7 from Mya Manzione, 6 from Skylar Burzynski, along with 4 from Becky Marchitto, 3 from Abby Eschweiler, and 2 each from Meghan Smith and Sophia Swift.

Hillhouse (0-1)

Shaniyah Butler 1 0 1-4 3, Ryan Young 0 1 1-3 4, Nielle Reaves 1 0 2-2 4, Trinity Moody 1 2 0-0 8, Dillan Boyd 1 1 0-0 5

Amity (1-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 0 0-0 6, Mya Manzione 3 0 1-1 7, Abby Eschweiler 1 0 1-2 3, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 4 2 0-0 14, Sophia Swift 1 0 0-0 2, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 0 0 0-0 0, Ribecka Marchitto 1 0 2-2 4

Hillhouse (0-1).   0 10 5 9 — 24
Amity (1-0).  7 8 14 9 — 38

(Photos by Scott Burzynski

In their next game, the Lady Spartans traveled to Milford to take on a tough Jonathan Law team. After a slow start, which saw the team trailing by as much as eleven points.  Amity hung tough led by Becky Marchitto’s 10 points to be down by nine at the half 28-19.  The team responded in the third quarter with a tremendous defensive effort baseline- to- baseline led by the scrappy Meghan Smith along with Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione. Strong shot-making by Skylar Burzynski, Sophia Swift, and Jayne Whitman got the team back to even on the scoreboard going to the fourth quarter. In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Spartans got a big bucket from Burzynski to take the lead until it was tied again until a huge three-point shot late in the game from Swift gave the team the lead that ended in a hard-fought 45-40 win. Marchitto led all scorers with 10 points, along with 9 each for Swift and Burzynski, Manzione and Whitman chipped in with 6 points each, as did Meghan Smith with 3 and Sarah Granados 2.

Amity 45, Jonathan Law 40

Amity (2-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 1 0-0 9, Meghan Smith 1 0 1-2 3, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Sophia Swift 0 3 0-0 9, Sarah Granados 1 0 0-0 2, Ribecka Marchitto 3 0 4-4 10, Mya Manzione 2 0 2-3 6

Jonathan Law (0-2)

Maddie Lula 6 0 0-2 12, Shelby Green 6 0 3-3 15, Katie Konareski 0 1 0-0 3, Sarah Paulus 1 0 0-0 2, Mariyah Reid 2 0 4-4 8

Amity  9 10 15 11 45
Law 13 15 6 6 40

Next Amity took on another school from across the border in Foran High School. Getting off to their strongest offensive start to date, the Lady Spartans went up 18-8 after one quarter and 32-14 at the half and never looked back in a convincing 52-30 victory. Shooting very well behind the arc along with a tough defensive mindset gave Foran fits throughout. Amity found three players in double figures and was led in scoring by Jayne Whitman with 14 points that included four  3 pointers, Skylar Burzynski added 13 points along with two  3ponters, and the versatile Mya Manzione who had a big night in the paint with 10 points. Other Amity players who hit the scoring column included Victoria Gaydos with 6 points, Sarah Granados with 4 points, Sophia Swift with 3, and Meghan Smith with 2 points along with an incredible 7 steals that led to many fast-break baskets. 

Foran (0-2)

Lauren Henan 2 1 1-1 8, Courtney Musante 3 0 4-4 10, Abby Sanwald 2 0 0-0 4, Mary Rodrigues 1 0 3-4 5, Daviginon 0 0 0-1 0, LaFountain 0 0 1-4 1, Young 1 0 0-1 2

Amity (3-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 2 1-2 13, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 4 2-3 14, Abby GaNun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 0 1 0-0 3, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Ribecka Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 4 0 2-2 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 3 0 0-0 6, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Manzione 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0

Foran (0-2)   8  6  5  11 30
Amity (3-0)  18  14  12  8 52

Photos by Scott Burzynski

 Story by Ed Whitman