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Amity Lady Spartans Conclude Regular Season

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Mar 182021
 

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. 

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