In coming home after a four-game road trip, Cheshire High School girls’ basketball (2-4) came up short on Tuesday, dropping the Oronoque Division opener, 53-37, to Wilbur Cross (5-2).
Senior Emma Watkinson netted a three-pointer and a layup to put Cheshire up 7-4, but the Governors responded with a 7-0 spurt and led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Watkinson, who recorded all of her 11 points in the first half, drained two three-pointers in the second quarter to help the Rams pull to within 22-17, however Wilbur Cross came back with a three-pointer and a layup to regain momentum.
The Governors led 27-19 at halftime and didn’t allow the Rams to cut the deficit to single digits from there. Wilbur Cross used their length and athleticism to get deflections and then capitalize in transition.
For Cheshire, senior co-captain Ari Perlini scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the second half and beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to end the third quarter. Sophomore Grace Lurz supplied seven points.
Sophomore Tess Givens made a jump shot and classmate Emily Grayson hit two free throws in the fourth quarter.
Wilbur Cross junior Dejah Middletown registered a game-high 24 points. Sophomore Rayne Durant contributed 14 points for the Governors.
On Friday, CHS hosts Shelton at 7 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball (1-3)
In the Oronoque Division opener, CHS fell 60-56 at West Haven. Junior Cole Feinauer scored eight points to help Cheshire build a 19-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Blue Devils outscored the Rams 18-7 in the second to take the lead at halftime.
West Haven extended the lead to 46-35 going to the fourth quarter, but the Rams rallied before coming up short on the road. Senior tri-captain Alec Frione, who scored 15 of his career-high 19 points after halftime, drained three of his personal-best four three-pointers in the fourth.
Senior tri-captain Shaan Vatti recorded 10 of his 15 points in the opening half. Feinauer netted 13 points to join Frione and Vatti in double figures.
Senior tri-captain Colby Griffin posted six points and classmate Jack Hickey supplied three.
On Friday, the Rams host Xavier (4-1) at 7 p.m.