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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. 

Meet The 2021 Amity Lady Spartans Basketball Team

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Feb 192021
 

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop is back with a great team of strong, experienced players.

The Team consists of 7 seniors, 4 juniors, and one sophomore.

Seniors: Skylar Burzynski (3) 5’7″, Meghan Smith (14) 5’4″, Abigail Ganun (21) 5’4″, Mya Manzione (25) 5’7″, Sophia Swift (35) 5’5″, Abigail Eschweller (40) 5’10”, Ribecka Marchitto (44)5’6″

Juniors: Meredyth Laskowski (10) 5’9″, Jayne Whitman (11) 5’4″, Victoria Gajdos (31) 5’7″, Adriana Tufano (50) 5’6″

Sophomore: Sarah Granados (22) 5’7″

The girls are 3-0 for the season: Amity 38 – Hillhouse 24; Amity 45 – Jonathan Law 40; and Amity 52 – Foran 30.

The girls’ next game is at HOME against North Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. 

 

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: Tara Laugeni Makes History, Leads Team to Victory on Senior Night

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Feb 142019
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted the Career Panthers on Monday, Feb. 11, at Amity High School.

This was a special evening for two of the players, Tara Laugeni, and Haley Esparo, the only seniors on the team. Fans kept their attention on #34 – Laugeni, counting each time she made a basket waiting for that one point when she would hit that magical number 1,000 and join the other four female players in Amity history to accomplish this landmark.

Laugeni made two 2-point shots in the first quarter and, with the second shot came her big moment. Her teammates, parents, family members, coach, and friends charged onto the court and put the game on hold for about three minutes while everyone took photos and congratulated her.

In total, Laugeni scored 20 points in this game, followed by Jill Martin, with 19.

Esparo made 5 points, and Skylar Burzynski, Cat Thomas and Meaghan Smith each added 4.

The Lady Spartans declawed the Panthers in this game, the closest that Career came in the point spread was 3 points behind at the end of the first quarter at 17-14.

The halftime score was 34-16, Amity.

Third quarter, in which many of Amity’s younger players took the court, ended at 50-18.

Everyone got to play in the fourth quarter and the Lady Spartans won this senior night game 60-24.

 

I must commend the Panthers for demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout this game. Their #3 was always there to extend a hand and help someone up off the floor no matter what team she was from. That was refreshing.

NEXT UP: The girls defeated Guilford 39-34 at Amity on Thursday and now it’s on to the SCC Girls Basketball Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Sheehan HS, #2 Hamden vs. #7 Amity Regional, 2:30 p.m.

Photos by Scott Burzynski