Amity took a 7-point lead in the first quarter — Score 18-11 Amity. The Lady Spartans maintained their lead in the second quarter with 11 points to Branford’s 7 —Score 29-18.
The third quarter nearly mirrored the last with Amity pulling in 12 points to Branford’s 7 — Score 41-25. It would have taken a miracle for the Hornets to sting the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Branford continued to trail Amity to the end, adding only 9 points to Amity’s 13. — Final Score 54-34 Amity
AMITY 18 11 12 13 – 54
BRANFORD 11 7 7 9 – 34
Amity: Jillian Martin (#15) 8 1-1 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Tara Laugeni (#34) 7 1-2 15, Jenna VanHise (#21) 6 2-4 14, Amanda Granados 1 2-3 4 (#42), Hayley Esparo 0 1-2 1 (#44), Leia Foyer (#43) 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-13 54.
Branford: Sophia Arareo 4 5-8 13 (includes two 3-pointers), Emma Pierson 2 5-8 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Karly King 2 2-2 8 (includes two 3-point goals), Francesca Valleta 1 0-0 2, Victoria Raffare 0 1-4 1. Totals: 9 13-22 34.
3-point goals: Branford – 5; Amity -1
With Katie Koshes on the mound and Teresa Marchitto at the plate, the Crusaders didn’t stand a chance.
Koshes struck out 14 or 15 batters in this game.
Koshes hit a double and fellow pitcher Morgan Perry slammed a home run off of Lauralton pitcher Ireland Miessau.
Congratulations to the Lady Spartans on their 2-0 victory and Orange’s Katie Koshes for continuing to make us proud.
Spartans Captain Adam Shea (5) thrilled Amity Hockey fans with a hat trick [a hat trick is the scoring of three goals in one hockey game by one player] with two of those goals and an assist in the last 41 seconds of the third period.
Amity skated away with the West Haven Holiday Tournament trophy at Bennett Rink Friday Night after defeating the Cheshire Rams 6-4 in a real nail-biter of a game.
The Spartans came on strong with Zach Shelnitz (14) scoring off an assist from Captain Keating Seymour (23) in the first 37 seconds.
Cheshire’s Jonathan Hauser evened the score with 2:04 into the first period. With 1:25 left in the first Luke Vendetto, assisted by Anthony Vitale and Kyle Frederick put the Rams ahead 2-1.
The second period was all Amity with Brett McNeil (8) evening the score with a quick goal in just 24 seconds, Shea followed that up with an unassisted goal at 1:29.
The rest of the period had some furious back and forth as Cheshire battled for the lead again, but Amity kept them in check ending the period at 3-2.
Rams Fans were feeling confident in the third period after Matt Jordan scored in the first 16 seconds assisted by Griffin Cunningham and Vendetto, quickly followed by another goal at 1:37 by Joseph D’Errico, assisted again by Vendetto along with Greg Zovas.
Cheshire owned most of the third period, leading Amity 4-3.
Amity fans were feeling the pressure when suddenly, with just 41 seconds left in the period, Shea, assisted by McNeil tied the score.
Both teams battled hard for the win, then with 8 seconds remaining, Shelnitz, with an assist by Seymour and Shea, slapped one past Rams goalie Joe Solla, putting Amity ahead 5-4.
Just when you thought it was over, with 2 seconds left, Shea scored his third goal, leaving the coaches, fans and players elated.
Spartans coach Gary Lindgren handed his team the tournament trophy and Shea proudly held it high as he skated off the ice.
Coach Mike Richetelli* said one of the best match-ups and great rivalries that Amity has is with Cheshire. “We respect their coaches, we’re good friends, so it’s always great having a rivalry with them, and it’s a solid game. We knew coming in what to expect from these guys, and it was going to be a hard one, they worked hard and at the end of the first period when we were down 2-1, we knew we had to regroup a little bit,” he said.
“The guys came around, came on strong in the second period and got one in early,” Richetelli said. “Our thing with our team is ‘never give up, work hard, work all 45 minutes.’ We came into the third period and we got down a little bit and then we just stuck to our game plan, we had a great work ethic and we’re very proud of that.”
Richetelli said “Cheshire is a great team with excellent coaching we just got the better of them today. We will see them again, they are definitely a team that will be contending in the play-offs.”
He also praised the seniors for their leadership this season, stating that they really step things up and keep the entire team solid.
Amity narrowly outshot Cheshire 32-31
Amity goalie Brian Mosher (30) had 27 saves and Cheshire’s goal keeper Joe Solla had 26 saves.
Records—Amity 3-1; Cheshire 1-3
By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
With Thursday night’s 75-60 home victory over Shelton, the Amity boys basketball team improved its Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division record to 7-1 (13-4 overall) and clinched its first Housy title since the 2006-2007 season. In addition, his three point play with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the game, gave Spartan senior Zac Campbell 1001 career points. He became the ninth player in Spartan history to score over 1000 career points and the first Spartan to join the 1000 point club since Bob Coppola in 1999. In addition to his 22 points, Campbell also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
“We knew that if we beat Shelton, we’d finish 7-1 and win then Housy, but we really didn’t talk about it,” Coach Jeff Nielsen said. “After our poor offensive effort against Hamden earlier in the week, we wanted to focus on ball movement, sharing the ball, finding the open man, and scoring easy baskets.”
The score was tied at 11-11 with 3:28 left in the first quarter when Campbell, Gardner Broderick, and Dave Ryan canned consecutive drives to give the Spartans a 17-11 lead that they never yielded. Campbell closed out the opening session with a three at the buzzer that extended that lead to 20-12. Playing one of their best quarters of the season, Amity netted eight of its 14 shots (57%) and outrebounded the Gaels 10-7.
One minute into the second quarter, Gardner Broderick cashed in on a steal, was fouled and added a free throw that gave the Spartans a 25-12 advantage. When Broderick followed that by scoring off a perfect feed from Ben LeVine to complete a 16-1 run and extend the lead to 27-12 with 4:45 left in the first half.
Christian Federici (who cashed out with a team-high 14 points) scored on a put back that drew Shelton within eight points (32-24) with 1:07 to go, but consecutive lay-ups in the final 35 seconds, enabled the Spartans to walk off with a 36-24 advantage. Amity ended the first half hitting 15 of 29 shots (52%) while the Gaels were good on 10 of their 23 tries from the floor, but also missed nine of 12 from the foul line.
Following that red-hot start, Amity came out stone cold in the second half, missing eight of its first nine shots.
According to Nielsen, “Shelton went to a zone defense at the start of the second half. Instead of taking the ball inside, we began to settle for perimeter jump shots. Finally, we got back on track, took the ball to the hole, and maintained our lead.”
Despite their frigid second half start, the Spartans hung onto their commanding lead as Shelton scored only one field goal during the first half of the third quarter. With 38 seconds left and his team still trailing 48-37, Ben Malay swished a trey. Shortly thereafter, the Gaels’ Casey Belade gunned home a three ball from deep in the corner to make it a 10 point game (50-40).
Midway into the final session, LeVine made successive pin-point feeds inside to Matt Lettick (16 points,) and Remi Farrell. Those easy scores enabled Amity to make it 60-45 and put the game out of reach.
Nielsen added, “Tonight, we played one of our best games of the season. Our defense was the best it has been. In addition we got inside and hit the glass hard. Our offensive rebounding was excellent tonight and gave us a lot of scoring opportunities.”
Amity narrowly outboarded the game, but outgunned Gaels 32-31 but also connected on 31 of its 66 shots (47%) while Shelton netted 23 of its 51 tries (45%). The 7-1-, 3-5 losers were good on only 10 of 19 from the foul line, compared to Amity’s 11 of 17 performance.
In addition to Federici’s 14 points. Michael Davis dropped in 11 points while Malay and Craig Packnick each tallied 10 for Shelton. Packnick also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
While most of the attention was focused on Campbell, Nielsen also made special note of Broderick’s 19 point-five rebound performance.
He said, “Gardner is very smart and smooth inside with a very soft touch. His big key to success is his ability to score easy baskets from down the paint. Tonight, he got us off to a good start.”
Amity is at Hand on Wednesday at 7 p.m.