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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

Girls’ Basketball: Jillian Martin Posts High Score In Battle vs Hillhouse

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Jan 242017
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team was on the road at Hillhouse on Monday night.

Hillhouse stayed one step ahead of Amity throughout the game and took this one 50-45.

Scoreboard
Hillhouse 12 10 13 15 – 50
Amity 10 9 10 16 – 45

Player’s stats

Amity’s Jillian Martin was the game’s high scoring player with 14 points.

Hillhouse — Tanayja London 13, Latoya Dale 12, Tyree Allen 11, Kiana Brown 2, Kayla Jefferson 4, Keyshan Moore 4, Ranasha Fraizer 2, Fatihah Singleton 2.

Totals: 19 10-22 50

Amity —  Jillian Martin 14, Amanda Granados 7, Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 7, Tara Laugeni 6, Hayley Esparo 6, Emma Gehr 5.

Totals: 18 3-4 45

3 -point goals:Hillhouse 2 (London 1, Allen 1); Amity 6 (Gehr 1, Granados 2, Martin 3).

Records: Amity (6-6), Hillhouse (4-8).

Girls’ Basketball: Tigers Have No Mercy on Amity

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Jan 212017
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team was on the road in Middletown on Friday to face off with the highly ranked Mercy High School Tigers.

The Tigers took an early 3 point lead and, although the Lady Spartans played hard, the third quarter belonged to Mercy which scored 10 more points than Amity after the half.

Mercy simply kept Amity on its toes until the end, and walked away with a 54-35 victory.

Scoreboard
Amity 7 9 8 11 – 35
Mercy 10 10 18 16 – 54

How the girls played:  

Mercy’s Kameryn King was the game’s high scoring player with 17 points (including five 3-pointers).

Amity — Amanda Granados 15, Emma Gehr 8, Carly Marchitto 4, Tara Laugeni 4, Jillian Martin 4.

Totals: 13 7-12 35

Mercy — Kameryn King 17, Meghan DeVille 16, Bella Santoro 7, Sophia Finkeldey 5,Samantha Chapps  2, Lexi Leon 2, Tia Giansiracusa 2,  Vienna Knox 2, Jessica Carroll 1.

Totals: 18 12-14 54

3-point goals: Amity 2 (Gehr 2); Mercy 6 (King 5, Finkeldey 1)

Records: Amity 6-5, Mercy 10-2

Girls’ Basketball Nailbiter: To Be Forever Remembered As The Foul Shot Game

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Dec 242016
 

The Lady Spartans hosted the Shelton Gaels in Woodbridge on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Both teams are great this year and they bounded onto the court ready to win.

First Quarter

Shelton took an early lead, scoring its first basket in the first minute and then the battle began. Within 21 seconds Amity tied the score.

There was a lot of back and forth, with Shelton holding a 2 point lead through most of the first quarter. But the Lady Spartans fought back and ended the first quarter on top at 14-10.

Second Quarter

At the 5 minute mark, Amity held a 19-16 lead, but by the end of the quarter, Shelton enjoyed a sizable  30-19 lead.

Third Quarter

Amity outshot Shelton, overtaking them at times, but came up one point short (33-34) by the end of the quarter.

Fourtth Quarter

Free Throws were the saving grace for both teams in this game especially toward the end. The teams would tie, and someone would break it from the foul line.

Freshman Jillian Martin (15) was Amity’s Free Throw Queen. She couldn’t seem to miss. Her perfect form brought the Lady Spartans from a narrow deficit to a 42-42 tie at the end of the fourth and pushed the game into overtime.

The Fifth

With 1:06 left in overtime, the teams were tied at 48-48. After some free throws on both sides and just 36.1 seconds remaining Amity pulled ahead to 51-49. Martin sunk a foul at 4.4 seconds to finish this nailbiter at 52-49.
Scoreboard
Amity 14 5 14 9 10 – 52

Shelton 10 18 6 8 7 – 49

AMITY (52)
Jillian Martin 2 8-10 14, Emma Gehr 2 4-7 9, Amanda Granados 4 0-0 9, Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 3 2-3 9, Tara Laugeni 3 1-3 7, Carly Marchitto 1 0-1 2, Hayley Esparo 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 16 15-24 52

SHELTON (49)
Sarah Skoronski 5 3-4 15, Casey O’Connor 4 5-6 13, Emiline Bronson 4 0-0 8, Ali Paolini 1 3-5 5, Kayla Resto 2 0-0 4, Maggie Howard 1 0-0 2, Kat Arena 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 18 11-15 49

3-point goals: Amity 5 (Gehr 1, Granados 1, Iwaszkiewicz 1, Martin 2); Shelton 2 (Skoronski 2);

Fouled out: Shelton (Branson); Amity (Iwasziewicz).

Notes: Laugeni had 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

Records:Amity 3-0; Shelton 1-2

Girls’ Basketball: Lady Spartans Off To A Great Start

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Dec 142016
 

img_1231The Amity Varsity Girls Basketball team hosted Kolbe Cathedral for their first regular season game in Woodbridge on Dec. 13.

Obviously, the scrimmage game we attended last week was not the place to gauge the abilities of the 2016-17 Lady Spartans.

                         SCOREBOARD

 

                    Q1         Q2          Q3          Q4  

AMITY      11           27           36          48

KOLBE      8           22           28          40

The Kolbe Cougars were first to score, but the Lady Spartans  quickly pulled past them staying at least 2 points ahead in the first quarter and finishing it up at 11-8.

Amity was in charge in the second quarter, with Kolbe pulling ahead by 3 points at the halfway mark, but it didn’t last long with the help of Amity Sophomore Hannah Iwaszkiewicz  #3, the Lady Spartans were able to stay on top and went into the half with a score of 27-22.

Amity Junior Carly Marchitto #22 helped keep things exciting in the third quarter, during which the Lady Spartans ruled the court.

Sophomore Tara Laugeni #44, posted 8 of the 9 points in the final quarter.

 

Kolbe Junior Trinity Bravo #23, was the game’s high scoring player, with 19 points (nearly half of her team’s total points). Senior Naomi Harris #35 posted 8 points.

Amity’s Hannah Iwaszkiewicz had 12 points, Amanda Granados and Tara Laugeni each added 10 points.

The NEW Lady Spartans play well together. There are 12 Freshmen, 7 Sophomores, 2 juniors and 3 seniors on the team.

Head Coach Michelle Shoop is back in the swing of things and already knows her players well. The girls respond to her instructions and skillfully demonstrate their belief in the old saying that “There Is No ‘I’ In Team.”

We look forward to watching these girls throughout the season and see how far they can go.

Next up for the Lady Spartans, an away game at Hillhouse High School on Friday at 7 p.m.

Here are some photos from Tuesday’s game courtesy of Scott Burzynski (and Orange Live).

Girls Basketball: Senior Day Heartbreaker For The Lady Spartans

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Feb 102016
 

IMG_0056Truth be told, we love our Lady Spartans Basketball Team. As in past years this team shows not only great athleticism, but good sportsmanship as well. They play hard and play well together, no one player ever trying to steal the spotlight because they all know “there is no ‘I’ in TEAM.”

But as good as this team is, the Daniel Hand Tigers are extremely aggressive and if you are in possession of the ball you have to shoot it, even if you aren’t in the perfect position to score, because one of the Tigers will steal it from you if you don’t.

The  game on Tuesday night — Amity’s Senior Night — had a lot of back and forth, tied up several times and Hand eventually defeated Amity with successful foul shots.

Amity ruled the first quarter outshooting Hand 18-12.

The Tigers came alive and dominated the second quarter with 18 points to Amity’s 6. 2nd Quarter score 30-24 – Hand.

Going into the second half, Amity fought hard, even tying the score a few times and making double the points as Hand (14-7) yet the Tigers still had the upper “Hand” 38-37.

The heartbreak came in the final quarter when the teams were tie at 49 and Hand won In the final minute after making 4 foul shots.

Amity’s Pointmakers:

Molly Dragan 15, Elise Graham 15 (including three 3-point goals), Kate Helfenbein had an excellent night, contributing 12 points, Melanie Hauser 5, Amanda Granados 2.

 

Hand’s top scoring players:
Junior Gabby Martin (#3) was the Tiger’s high scoring player with 15 points (including two 3-point goals), Paula Materin 13 (including two 3-pointers), and Colleen Caruth 8.

Records: Hand 14-4; Amity 12-6

Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Qualify for State Tournament

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Jan 252016
 

IMG_2756The Lady Spartans played to win in Friday’s SCC Housatonic Division game with Sheehan in Woodbridge.

Amity dominated the first quarter with 24 points to Sheehan’s 9, the Titans came alive in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 12-9, but it wasn’t enough to put them ahead at the half 33-21 (Amity).

It was much of the same in the third quarter with Sheehan outscoring

Amity 13-9, still the Lady Spartans held onto their lead 42-34.

Both teams played hard in the final quarter, but Amity retained its lead, outscoring Sheehan 16-14 and enjoying a 10 point spread while securing a 58-48 victory and qualifying for the State Championship.

Amity’s Top point-makers
Molly Dragan made a career high 23 points (which included four 3-pointers), Elise Graham 19 (including three 3-pointers), Emma Gehr 9 (including one 3-point goal), Amanda Granados 5 (including one 3-point goal).

Sheehan’s Top point-makers
Cassie Strickland 17 (with two 3-pointers), Lexi Ocasio 14 (includes two 3-pointers), Olivia Robles 6 (with one 3-point goal), Julia Zielinski 6 (two 3-point goals).

Records: Amity 8-4 (3-1 SCC Housatonic Division), Sheehan 8-4 (1-2 SCC Housatonic Division)

The Lady Spartans will go up against East Haven (8-3)  in Woodbridge tonight at 7 p.m.

Amity Basketball Phenom Elise Graham Commits To Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Sep 262015
 

IMG_5086Orange resident Elise Graham, whom we’ve watched play alongside — but never in the shadow of — her big sister, Janae, has committed to a college.

The Lady Spartans guard posted 17 points per game last season, and received a full scholarship to play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey while continuing her higher education.

Elise told the New Haven Register, “Ever since I was little it was a dream to play Division I ball. Over the years hearing I’m not tall enough and all that kind of stuff, it was really my own will. I wanted to do it.”

Fairleigh Dickinson is a Division I school in the Northeast Conference.

The talented scholar athlete was highly sought after by Fairleigh Dickinson, Northeastern, Siena, Stonehill IMG_3051and Boston University.

Graham received CHSCA All-State honors, All-SCC Housatonic and the New Haven Tap Off Club, according to the Register.

Her parents Derek and Mara Graham told Orange Live, “We are so very proud of her.”

 

 

 

 

Lady Spartans Basketball Senior Night Tonight

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Jan 302015
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team takes on Lauralton Hall in Woodbridge tonight (Friday, Jan. 30) at 7 p.m.

This is a very special night for four of the girls — the seniors — Mariana Marchitto (#10), Kaitlain Thomas (#12), Sarah Kilian (#34) and Captain Janaya Young (#52), as this is Senior Night.

We missed seeing Janaya play this season since she is out with an injury, but she is always on the sidelines supporting her team. It’s a shame, really, because she was always such a strong player in whatever sport she took on. She’ll always be remembered for her contributions in past seasons.

Mariana Marchitto

Mariana Marchitto

Sarah Kilian

Sarah Kilian

Kaitlin Thomas

Kaitlin Thomas

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Girls Basketball: Amity Victorious Over Darien 57-39 In First Round Tourney Game

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Mar 042014
 

WIN

With Amity High School Principal Charles Britton cheering from the sidelines, the Lady Spartans played a phenomenal first round game on the road to the state championship title, defeating Darien 57 – 39 in a highly competitive battle.

Amity      14  15    13    15    —    57
Darien    11    3    12    13    —    39

Elise Graham was the high scoring player with 19 points, leading Amity (22-3) to victory. 

Darien’s (9-12) Emily Stein was the high-scorer for her team with 16 points.

Amity Coach Michelle Martinik revealed the game plan for the evening. “We told the girls that we have so many seniors (that will be leaving Amity) and this is it … and that’s how they played tonight. They really worked hard, everything came together. Our defense was phenomenal, and our offence comes from our defense,” she said. “We told our seniors, ‘this is it’ and underclassmen ‘play for your seniors’ and that’s what they did tonight.”

Amity girls who scored: Elise Graham- 19; Molly Ronan – 11; Mikaila Schmitt – 8; Chloe Brinton – 7; Janae Graham – 6; and Amanda Vecchio, Kathleen Feng and Alexa Gibbs each added 2 points.

Darien players who scored: Emily Stein – 16; Kelly Karczewski – 15;  Kaeleigh Morrill – 4; Avery Maley – 3; and Emily Coyle – 1.

3-point goals:  Darien, Stein – 2, Maley – 1, Karczewski – 3;  Amity, Brinton – 1

Martinik said, “We have Hand on Thursday (March 6 at Amity at 7 p.m.) for the second round. Hand is a great team, it’s gonna be a tough one. We’ve seen them once, we beat them once and hopefully we can do it again.”