The Amity Lady Spartans finished a tough end-of-season schedule in the SCC conference games losing their final three games. The team finished the regular season above 500 with a record of 7-5 and now heads to a modified SCC tournament where they are the number 6 seed in Division 1 and will travel to take on the number 3 seed Wilbur Cross this Friday.
Amity vs North Haven
In game one the Spartans lost a physically tough back-and-forth game on the home court of North Haven. Amity was seeking to avenge an early-season two-point loss at home versus the Indians.
The team was down early 13-8 but came back with a great defensive effort combined with some deft shot-making to take a 23-20 lead at the half. The home team came out hot in the third quarter to reclaim the lead by seven points heading into the final quarter.
The gritty Spartans climbed their way back and cut the North Haven lead to three points and had a few chances to tie in the final minute but could not get the ball to go down and force overtime.
Amity was led in scoring by Becky Marchitto who tallied 12 points. Sophomore Sarah Granados added 9 points, Skylar Burzynski chipped in with 7, Meghan Smith with 5, Jayne Whitman with 4, and senior center Abby Eschweiler with 2 points.
Amity (7-3) 8 15 5 10 — 38
North Haven (5-5) 13 7 15 6 — 41
Abby Eschweiler 1 0 0-0 2, Meghan Smith 2 0 1-2 5, Jayne Whitman 2 0-0 4, Sarah Granados 2 1 2-3 9, Becky Marchitto 3 0 6-10 12, Skylar Burzynski 3 0-0 6
Amity vs Sacred Heart Academy
In their next game, the Spartans hosted another top SCC opponent in the Sharks from Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden. In a hotly contested first quarter, the home team got out to a fast 14-8 lead getting hot from behind the 3-point line with Jayne Whitman connecting for 2 from long range along with 3-point shots from Skylar Burzynski and Sarah Granados.
Sacred Heart came out hot in the second quarter regaining the lead and outscoring Amity 17-6 to take a 5-point lead into half time 25-20. In a back-and-forth third quarter Amity got buckets from Becky Marchitto, Meghan Smith, Abby Eschweiler, and Sophia Swift to keep the score close at 36-30 going to the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart came out fast in the final quarter to take a double-digit lead and
maintained it the rest of the way closing out the Spartans 51-37.
The Spartans were led in scoring by Becky Marchitto and Jayne Whitman with 8 points each. Skylar Burzynski added 7 points, Sarah Granados 6, Meghan Smith with 4 and Abby Eschweiler and Sophia Swift rounded out the scoring with 2points each.
Sacred Heart Academy (10-1) 8 17 11 15 — 51
Amity (7-4) 14 6 10 7 — 37
Abby Eschweiler 1 0 0-0 2, Meghan Smith 2 0 0-0 4, Jayne Whitman 1 2 0-0 8, Sophia Swift 1 0 0-0 2, Sarah Granados 0 2 0-0 6, Ribecka Marchitto 3 0 2-2 8, Skylar Burzynski 1 1 2-4 7
Amity vs Shelton
In the Spartans’ last regular-season game of the season, Amity traveled to the valley to take on a Shelton team that they beat on their home court just ten days earlier. In a tightly played first half, which saw the Spartans up 10-7 after one quarter that was a five-points at one point, Shelton’s size in the paint started to create problems for
Amity with many second-chance opportunities that resulted in a basket in the closing seconds to take a 17-16 lead at the intermission. It was a struggle to score for both teams in the third quarter, with Shelton getting some shots to drop towards the end of the quarter taking a 25-20 lead going to the final period.
The Spartans were able to get within six points in the fourth quarter but could not overcome the deficit and came up short, losing 38-27. Jayne Whitman 11 points and Sarah Granados 8 points both canned 2 three-point shots and led the Spartans offensively. Senior guard Meghan Smith added 5 points that included three-point field goal and 2 points from Becky Marchitto and a free throw from Meredyth Laskowski to round out the scoring.
Amity (7-5) 10 6 4 7 — 27
Shelton (6-6) 7 10 8 13 — 38
Abby Eschweiler 0 0 0-0 0, Meghan Smith 1 1 0-0 5, Jayne Whitman 2 2 1-1 11, Sophia Swift 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 1 2 0-0 8, Ribecka Marchitto 1 0 0-2 2, Skylar Burzynski 0 0 0-2 0, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 1-2 1, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0
— Again, our heartfelt thanks to Ed Whitman and Scott Burzynski for the story and photos which allow us to give the Lady Spartans the coverage they deserve.