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.
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

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

32 Is The Magic Number For The Lady Spartans On Senior Night

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Feb 142014

Kathleen Feng Prepares  for her second foul shot.

Kathleen Feng Prepares for her second foul shot.

Senior Night (or Day) in any sport is special. It’s a time when the parents of the talented senior athletes finally have their moment in the spotlight — much less than the proverbial 15 minutes of fame. And, of course, for the athletes to shine.

On Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, the Lady Spartans had a very special night, after being behind Sacred Heart throughout the entire game they experienced a miracle in the fourth quarter.

Elise Graham was the high scorer for Amity with 10 points, followed by Mikaila Schmitt and Kathleen Feng each with 6 points; Chloe Brinton, 5 points; Rachel Nevolis 3 points; then Molly Ronan and Ashley Wu each adding 1 point.

But it was Kathleen Feng, who was pushed and knocked to the ground in the final seconds of the game, affording her two foul shots.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders Kathleen tied the game 31-31 with her first shot. Coach Michelle Martinik called for a time out, then Kathleen took her place for her second shot.

She sank it with just 5 seconds left on the clock (#32 made the 32nd and winning point).

Sacred Heart got the ball and furiously tried to score, but it was all over.

Every single point counted in this game.

This game was intense and Sacred Heart was at least 1 point ahead of Amity all four quarters.

Sacred heart was first to post with a 3 pointer, Amity answered with 2 points. and so on.

1st quarter    Amity 7; Sacred Heart 8

2nd quarter  Amity 19; Sacred Heart 22

3rd quarter  Amity 20; Sacred Heart 29  — This by far was the highest point spread.

4th quarter  Amity 32; Sacred Heart 31

Both teams played to win, and it was heartbreaking for Sacred Heart and their fans to lose this game when it seemed to be going their way for nearly two hours.