BRISTOL – Bristol Eastern girls basketball fell to Watertown 70-61 on Tuesday. Watertown is 12-7, while Eastern finishes their regular season at 8-11. Eastern will play on the road at Newington at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the Central Connecticut Conference Tournament on Thursday. Newington defeated Eastern in their only meeting of the year on Feb. 5, winning by the score of 55-41.
Against Watertown, Eastern trailed 11-9 with 90 seconds to go in the first quarter when Ciara Collins picked up her third foul of the game, and then sat for the rest of the half. Watertown led 13-12 at the end of the quarter, and then outscored Eastern 23-14 in the second quarter, with getting six points each from Janessa Gonzalez and Taigan Parent in the period. Watertown dominated the offensive boards and the paint area in the half.
Collins returned in the third quarter and played the rest of the game. In the third period, the teams went back and forth with Eastern outscoring Watertown 23-20. 12 points from Collins and strong rebounding from Gonzalez kept Eastern close, trailing 56-49 after three periods.
Watertown opened the fourth period on a 6-0 run in the first three minutes, going ahead 62-49. Eastern then outscored Watertown 12-4 over the next four minutes, cutting the Watertown lead to five (66-61) with 40 seconds to play, but got no closer.
Collins scored 22 points, Gonzalez scored 20, and Taigan Parent added nine to lead Eastern. For Watertown, Marissa Forino scored a game high 30 points.
New Britain 43, Jonathan Law 42: The Hurricanes put a stamp on their regular season with a tightly-contested win on the road over Jonathan Law. They will play their third road game in a row Thursday when they face top-seeded Enfield in the first round of the CCC Tournament.
Jamily Carter led the way for New Britain with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double while Kiatyanna Denmar posted eight points. Xandra Silva filled her stat line with seven points, four rebounds and three assists as six New Britain players posted at least five points. Layla Mejia had six points, five rebounds and two steals while Adrianna Faienza and Kaylee Cahill each had five points.
Windsor 45, Berlin 39: The Redcoats finished their season with a six-point loss at home against Windsor. They enter the CCC Tournament with a 13-7 record and play their first game on the road at Simsbury.
Berlin struggled to score early in the game as Windsor led 12-4 after the first quarter. The team cut the halftime deficit to two points with a strong second quarter, but failed to ever build a lead. No Redcoats player scored more than 10 points (Kailee DeMaio), despite six players scoring at least twice.
Windsor’s Janet Woodward led all scorers with 13 points and her teammate Ayanna followed closely with 12.
St. Paul 58, Wolcott 49: The Falcons won their final road game of the season in a back-and-forth contest with Wolcott. They will play their last home game of the year Thursday against Waterbury Career Academy.
St. Paul trailed by four points at halftime, but erupted offensively in the second half, doubling their point total in just the third quarter, to take control of the game. Alexis Tierpack (12), Nadia Riemer (11) and Sam Naples (10) all reached double-digit scoring in the contest while Zoey Rubins facilitated the scoring with nine assists.
Two Wolcott players took on the majority of the scoring as Mayci Abu Arrange posted a game-high 21 points and Amber Vincent finished with 17.
Maloney 45, Southington 30: Points were not easy to come by for the Blue Knights as they trailed 25-9 entering halftime en route to their 10th loss in a row.
After holding Maloney to eight points in the first quarter, Southington was outscored 17-4 in the second period to enter the break trailing by 16. The Blue Knights cut seven points off the deficit in the third quarter, but were held to five points in the final quarter to secure their fate.
Ryan Hammerlund led Southington with 13 points while Tomas Medina and Tylee Flowers each scored the same for the Spartans.
The Blue Knights close their regular season with a pair of home games, starting with Middletown on Friday at 6:45 p.m.
Windsor 86, New Britain 49: The Hurricanes were no match for three-loss Windsor as the fast-paced Warriors ran up and down for a 37-point victory. New Britain falls to 8-10 on the season with two games remaining in the regular season. The team travels to Tolland on Friday.
Four different players scored at least 10 points for Windsor, led by 13 each from Tyler Betsey and Kaiden James. Betsey made three threes in the first quarters while his whole team combined for six long-range shots in the period to take an early 25-11 lead.
Hurricanes starting point guard Demari Johnson was held scoreless for the contest while his team trailed by 24 at halftime as they struggled to keep up with the Warriors scoring. Jackson Forte led all scorers with 17 points while Xavier Goode added 11 and Gerard Brown posted 10 points.
New Britain outscored Windsor 16-15 in the third quarter, but were otherwise outmatched. The team will look to return to form Friday at home.
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Bristol 96, Plainville 53: The Bristol co-op remained undefeated with their ninth win of the season behind seven new personal bests.
Thomas Masotti was part of several winning events as he won the 200 medley relay alongside Luke Losacano, Jacob Wilson and Quentin Hernandez. Individually Masotti won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.
Aidan Colaianni took first in the 200 freestyle and took a staggering 21 seconds off his previous best time while later touching the wall first in the 100 breaststroke. Konrad Truszkowski showed versatility by finishing first in both his the 50 and 500 freestyles and Jedric Sutula won Tuesday’s diving portion.
Bristol returns to the pool Friday for a home meet against Berlin.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Bristol Central earned the chance to compete in five events in the state open after several top performances in the Class L meet Feb. 12.
Senior Jarrett Boxley earned a state championship in the 55-meter hurdles with a time 7.97 seconds while also taking second place as part of Central’s sprint relay team. Boxley will be joined at the open by relay teammates Logan Jackson, Noah Conrod and Francis Porrini, as they look to improve on their time of 3:43.41.
Porrini, a junior, also took third place in the 1600 meter race (4:27.28), which earned him all-state recognition. He also medaled in the 3200 meter (9:48.40) by taking fifth place.
Senior Malachi Jones will also head to the state open to compete in the shot put after a sixth-place throw of 46-5.25 on Saturday.
The Rams also earned a fifth-place finish in the sprint medley relay on the girls side, as Christina Browne, Lynae Lewis, Rebecca Litwinczyk and Sophia Stark combined for a time of 4:39.79.