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Girls Basketball: Amity Lady Spartans Split a Pair

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Mar 072021
 

The Amity Lady Spartans completed another week of play with a pair of SCC conference games on the road against a tough Wilbur Cross team and at home this past Friday against Shelton on Senior Night.

Amity vs Wilbur Cross

In their first game of the week, the Spartans were down early after one quarter 11-6, but bounced back with a big second quarter behind the shot-making of Meghan Smith, Skylar Burzynski, and Jayne Whitman who all sank three-point baskets early in the quarter. Whitman connected on another three-pointer and a jumper from the top of the key right before the halftime buzzer to give Amity a 24-19 advantage at the intermission. The Governors of Wilbur Cross came out inspired in the third quarter with an aggressive half-court trap that gave the Spartans trouble and swung the momentum into a 12 point lead for Wilbur Cross until another three-pointer at the horn by Whitman that cut the lead to 9 entering the final period. The Governors came out hot to start the fourth quarter and cruised to a 64-45 victory.

Amity was led in scoring by Jayne Whitman who tallied 15 points that included 3 three-point shots. Mya Manzione and Skylar Burzynski each chipped in with 7,  Becky Marchitto with 6, and Meghan Smith with 5. Other Spartans to hit the scoring column included Sarah Granados with 3 and senior center Abby Eschweiler with 2 points.

Amity (6-2)

Abby Eschweiler 1 0 0-0 2, Meghan Smith 1 1 0-0 5, Jayne Whitman 2 3 2-3 15, Sarah Granados 0 1 0-0 3, Becky Marchitto 3 0 0-2 6, Mya Manzione 2 0 3-4 7, Skylar Burzynski 2 1 0-0 7

Amity vs Shelton

In their next game, the Spartans hosted the Gales of Shelton on Senior night. In a tightly played first quarter, the home team got out to a 6-5 lead at the break. Amity put together a big second quarter outscoring Shelton 16-4 led by some tenacious defense by Sarah Granados and Meghan Smith. The offensive in the second quarter included a three-pointer from Sklyar Burzynski, along with tough baskets in the paint by Becky Marchitto, Jayne Whitman, Granados, and Smith. Mya Manzione and Sophia Swift took advantage of Shelton’s foul’s and each sank a pair of free throws to give Amity a 22-9 lead at the break. Shelton started the second half scoring the first 5 points, but Amity steadied itself and maintained a relatively comfortable lead, and finished with a 36-25 victory to take their record to 7-2.

The Spartans saw seven players hit the scoring column on Senior night. Skylar Burzynski tallied 8 points with 2 three-point field goals. Sarah Granados hit for 7, Meghan Smith with 6, and Manzione, Whitman, and Swift each with 4, and Becky Marchitto rounded out the scoring with 3 points. Amity honored the following Seniors for their contributions to the program: Abby Eschweiler, Abby GaNun, Mya Manzione, Meghan Smith, Becky Marchitto, Sophia Swift, Sklyar Burzynski, and Manager Charlotte Delvecchio. Amity is back in action this week traveling to North Haven Tuesday evening before their final regular-season home game versus Sacred Heart Academy.

Amity (7-2)  Abby Eschweiler 0 0 0-0 0, Meghan Smith 3 0 0-0 6, Jayne Whitman 2 0 0-1 4, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 0 0 4-4 4, Sarah Granados 2 1 0-0 7, Mya Manzione 0 0 4-6 4, Skylar Burzynski 1 2 0-4 8, Becky Marchitto 1 0 1-2 3

 

— We thank Ed Whitman for the story and Scott Burzynski for the photos. 

Basketball: Amity Lady Spartans Continue Strong Play

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Feb 282021
 

The Amity Lady Spartans just finished off playing four games in 8 days in the rugged SCC Conference winning 3 of 4 games. A consistent defensive effort and balanced scoring have been a key ingredient to Coach Michelle Shoop’s team’s success.

Amity vs North Haven

The Lady Spartans took on an always tough and well-coached North Haven team and lost a close game 42-40. In a back-and-forth affair, which saw the Spartans down 1 at halftime, the team fought their way to a 6-point lead heading to the fourth quarter with a solid defensive effort and solid shot-making where the team scored 17 points, but a couple of key North Haven stops in the final frame turned the tide late and the North Haven held on for the victory.

Amity was led in scoring by Becky Marchitto with a team-high 10 points, along with 8 from Meghan Smith and 7 from Jayne Whitman. Other Spartans in the scoring column included Sarah Granados and Sophia Swift with 4 along with Mya Manzione 3 and Skylar Burzynski and Meredyth Laskowski with 2 points.

North Haven (2-2) 8 10 7 17 42
Amity  (3-1) 7 10 14  9 40

Meghan Smith 1 2 0-1 8, Jayne Whitman 2 1 0-0 7, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Mya Manzione 1 0 1-2 3, Skylar Burzynski 0 2-2 2, Becky Marchitto 5 0 0-1 10, Sophia Swift 2 0 0-0 4, Meredyth Laskowski 1 0 0-0-2

Amity vs Lauralton Hall

In their next game, the Spartans traveled to Milford to take on Laurelton Hall. After a close first half, which saw the team up 2 points after one quarter and 6 points at the half, the Spartans came out inspired in the second half and used some tenacious defense and shot-making to outscore Laurelton Hall 30-16 to cruise to a 52-32 victory. Maya Manzione led the Spartans with 12 points that included going 4-4 from the charity stripe. Skylar Burzynski added 10 points along with 2 three-point field goals and Jayne Whitman hit 3 shots from long range and added 9 points. Amity got other strong contributions from sophomore guard Sarah Granados with 6 points, Becky Marchitto with 5 points, Meredyth Laskowski with 4 points, freshman Vivian Cain with 3 points. Meghan Smith with 2 and Sophia Swift with 1.

Amity (4-1)                  14 8 17 13 — 52
Lauralton Hall (0-5)  
12 4 12  4 —  32

Skylar Burzynski 2 2 0-0 10, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 3 0-0 9, Sophia Swift 0 0 1-4 1, Meredyth Laskowski 2 0 0-0 4, Sarah Granados 3 0 0-0 6, Becky Marchitto 2 0 1-2 5, Mya Manzione 4 0 4-4 12, Vivian Cain 1 0 1-2 3

Amity vs Career Magnet

The next game saw Amity back on their home court taking on Career Magnet. After a slow start, the team got back to playing the stout defense they have been displaying all season and took a 22-11 lead into halftime. The lead swelled to 35-17 after the third quarter that led to a convincing 45-24 win for the home team.  A balanced scoring attack, sharing the ball saw offensive contributions from many. Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione led the Lady Spartans with 10 points each along with 9 from Sophia Swift, 8 from Skylar Burzynski, 6 from Jayne Whitman, and 2 from sophomore Sydney Manzione. The Lady Spartans nailed 6 three-point field goals with Granados and Whitman with 2 each and Burzynski and Swift with 1.

Career Magnet (0-6).     7  4   5   8 —  24
Amity (5-1).                    8 13 14 10 — 45

Skylar Burzynski 2 1 1-2 8, Meghan Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 3 1 0-1 9, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 1 2 2-2 10, Becky Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 3 0 4-6 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0, Sydney Manzione 1 0 0-0 2

Amity vs West Haven

Mya Manzione was
the WELI player of the game on Friday vs West Haven.

This past Friday evening the Lady Spartans traveled to West Haven High School to take on a gritty Blue Devils team in their refurbished gymnasium. Playing before an audience of socially distant parents, the team fed of the collective energy and got off to a fast start. In a very physical first quarter, the Spartans got buckets from Mya Manzione and Skylar Burzynski early and then a three-pointer near the end of quarter one by Jayne Whitman to take a 9-1 lead. The second quarter saw Amity pick up the defensive pressure again with Meghan Smith and Sarah Granados forcing turnovers that the Spartans converted into scores. A late second-quarter three-pointer by Granados helped the Spartans to a 21-6 lead. 

To be expected, West Haven came out fighting in Q3 regaining some momentum, but big buckets by Becky Marchitto, Manzione, and another three-pointer by Whitman helped the Spartans take a 33-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils kept applying the pressure down the stretch, but the Amity defense did enough along with 4 free throws by Smith in the final minute to secure the victory in this key matchup 39-36. Manzione led the scoring with 11 points, Granados and Whitman chipped in 9 and 8 respectively. Burzynski with 5, Smith with 4, and Marchitto with 2 rounded out the scoring.

Amity (6-1) 9 12 12 6 39
West Haven (3-4) 1 5 17 13 36

Meghan Smith 0 0 4-8 4, Jayne Whitman 1 2 0-0 8, Sarah Granados 2 1 2-2 9, Mya Manzione 5 0 1-2 11, Skylar Burzynski 2 0 1-4 5, Becky Marchitto 1 0 0-0 2, 

— We thank Ed Whitman for the story and Scott Burzynski for the photos. 

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

Girls Basketball: Amity Defeats Law 50-38

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Jan 092020
 

Amity girls basketball rolled over Law Tuesday night 50-38.

The girls’ varsity team has been down a few players due to injuries, however, they continue to be resilient and work together to bring home the “W”!

The Lady Spartans were lead by Jillian Martin (18 points) and Jayne Whitman (11 points).

They maintained the lead the entire game.

Amity has a big test Friday night versus top-ranked Hand.

Game Stats:

Martin 18 points, 4 steals, 5 assist

Whitman 11 points

Blakeslee 6 points, 3 steals, 3 assist

Eschweiler 5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

Vanhise 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

Smith 4 steals, 3 points

Swift 3 points

3-pointers ( Martin 4, Whitman 3, Swift 1)

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Lady Spartans Basketball Team Defeats Top-Ranked Trumbull

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Dec 292019
 

Amity girls on a roll this season defeating two top-ranked teams in the state, Hillhouse and on Saturday night beat Trumbull High in the Annual Holiday tournament.
This young Amity team may be undersized, but they are tenacious, quick and have great team chemistry. With their gritty defensive style, the girls held a top-ranked Trumbull team to only 32 points.
Amity out-rebounded Trumbull the entire game. Abby Eschweiler led teams rebounder stats with 13 rebounds, followed by freshman Sarah Granados with 10, and Meadow Blakeslee with 9.
Amity led at the half with a score of 21-14. At the start of third-quarter Trumbull hit 3 three-pointers in a row to take the lead for the first time. Sophomore guard Jayne Whitman hit two crucial shots for Amity to take the lead again.
In the fourth-quarter Amity was up 30-27. The team had great defensive stops and again dominated on the boards. The game was clenched with crucial foul shots from Megan Smith ( 4 for 4) Meadow Blakeslee (1-2) and Jillian Martin (5 for 7) from the foul line.
Jillian Martin lead the team with 15 points and 5 assist, Jayne Whitman 7 points, Megan Smith and Abby Eschweiler both with 6 points.
The girls play in the championship game vs Bethel on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Amity High School.
— By Robyn Martin
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTT BURZYNSKI