BERLIN - Closing out games has been an issue at times this season for the Berlin girls basketball team.
Angela Perrelli wasn’t about to let that happen Thursday night.
The junior guard scored 13 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Redcoats to a 57-50 win over Middletown.
Down 44-34 heading into the final period, Berlin ended the night on a 23-6 run to seal its fifth win of the season.
“We locked down on defense and it generated the excitement in our offense,” Redcoats head coach Sheila King said. “We hit our free throws down the stretch which really helped tonight.
In total, three Berlin players finished with 15 points or more: Perrelli, Lyzi Litwinko and Ashley Wenzel. Litwinko scored 17 points, while Wenzel added 15.
The Redcoats also got help inside from Wynter Yovan. Although she only scored four points on the night, the freshman pulled down night rebounds.
Dominique Highsmith scored a game-high 19 points for Middletown and Amanda Fudge scored 12, but the Blue Dragons had four players finish with just nine points or less.
Prince Tech 47, Goodwin Tech 41: In a game that started off so well for the Gladiators, it was a different story at the end of the game.
Not even a game-high 22 points from Paola Barbosa was enough for Goodwin Tech to avoid its eighth loss of the season. She was just one of two Gladiators players to score not only in double-digits, but more than two points on the night. Teammate Joarielys Martinez added 14 points.
That certainly didn’t help matters in the fourth quarter. With the game tied heading into the final eight minutes of play, Goodwin Tech was outscored 12-6 down the stretch and it proved to be the difference.
But the Gladiators also left a potential nine points on the floor after going just 3-of-12 from the foul line.
Nya Jenkins led the Falcons with 20 points.
East Hartford 42, Berlin 36: The final score between the Redcoats and the Hornets might have been close, but Berlin had to battle its way back from the start of the dual meet.
The Redcoats were pinned in the first five matches before Dan Veleas (132 pounds) was able to earn six points for the team after winning on a forfeit.
That allowed Berlin to win six of the nine remaining matches with Josh Wood (145), Moses Marino (152), Josh Veleas (160), Sebby Malstini (170), Aiden O’Connor (182) and Max Schlein (195) all picking up victories. Veleas and Marino won by pin. Wood and Malstini earned their victories by decision. O’Connor and Schlein won theirs by forfeit.
For Wood, it was his first match and first win since being injured in the first week of the season. Malsitini decisioned Anthony Martinez 5-4 after landing a reversal in the final 10 seconds of the match.
“Those were really two great performances,” Berlin head coach Jim Day said as his team falls to 6-7 on the season.
Platt 44, Plainville 21: It was another dual meet and another night the Blue Devils were done in by forfeits.
“We gave 18 points in forfeits and that’s hurting us every week,” Plainville head coach Rusty Spence said. “It’s tough, but our kids over to step up and pick it up with these forfeits. These teams [we’re facing] are just so tough.”
In total, the Blue Devils won four matches on the night with Sebby Soli (126 pounds), Kyle Voisine (145), Alex Hernandez (152) and Travis Boone (195) earning points.
Voisine, Hernandez and Boone all took their matches via pins. Voisine in 5:00, Hernandez in 1:20 and Boone in 0:36.
Soli, meanwhile, took his match by decision, besting Isaiah Ross 10-6.
The loss moves Plainville to 5-7 on the season.
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