To end the regular season on Monday, Cheshire High School girls’ basketball (6-14, 2-6 in Quinnipiac Division) battled to pull out a 47-42 victory over North Haven (12-7) in overtime. Along with picking up their third straight victory on Senior Night, CHS sent out Ari Perlini (co-captain), Toni Wetmore (co-captain), Rylee Post, and Emma Watkinson with a victory in their final home game.
With the score tied 37-37 at the end of regulation, CHS took control by opening overtime on an 8-0 run. Watkinson, who scored 15 of her game-high 17 points after halftime, opened the extra session with a three-pointer and then after a steal by sophomore Tess Givens, Watkinson netted two foul shots.
To cap the decisive surge, Watkinson found junior Kaylee Clark for a three-pointer to put the Rams up 45-37. Cheshire used free throws from Givens and junior Ella Watson to finish the victory.
The Rams came out on fire to start the game, building a 9-3 lead. Perlini drove inside for a pair of layups and Watkinson scored on an offensive rebound. Sophomore Grace Lurz also hit a three-pointer in the early surge.
Like Watkinson, Post converted on a put back to put the Rams up 11-5 to end the first quarter. In the second, Watson scored back-to-back layups on precise passes from Watkinson and Givens to propel Cheshire to a 15-8 advantage.
From there, the Indians reeled off eight points to close the first half with a 16-15 lead. Senior Laura Petrafesa hit a three-pointer to end the second quarter.
Junior Sarah Puzone scored the opening eight points for NH in the third, leading her team to a 24-19 lead, but Watkinson scored six points in the frame and then sank a three-pointer to tie the game at 29-29 just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Lurz netted consecutive baskets, the latter of which drew a foul and put the Rams up 33-31. The Indians rallied to go up 36-33 on a three-pointer by Petrafesa, but Perlini responded with a tying three-pointer at the other end.
After making a key block with 1:45 remaining, Watkinson netted a free throw to put the Rams up 37-36 with 30.7 seconds left. The Indians used a free throw by sophomore Eveani Okwuosa to tie the game at 37-37.
Cheshire had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a three-point attempt by Perlini missed at the buzzer. CHS still outscored the Indians, 10-5, in overtime to get the home win.
Perlini finished with nine points. Watson and Lurz earned seven points each, while Clark supplied four.
Puzone had a team-best 13 points for the Indians.
CHS now awaits seeding for the Class LL Tournament.
Girls’ Ice Hockey (12-6-1)
At Newington Ice Arena, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op came up short in a 3-2 loss to host Avon/Southington/RHAM/Newington/Lewis Mills/Wethersfield Co-Op at Newington Ice Arena. Trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Connecticut Blades came back to tie the game on goals from Amity junior Caroline Cadelina and Amity senior Tess Csejka.
Avon Co-Op came back with the game-winner from Sarah Murphy.
To end the regular season on Tuesday, the Blades travel to West Haven's Bennett Rink to face West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy Co-Op (11-7) at 5:15 p.m. On Feb. 8 in Hamden, the Blades rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 6-1 to win the first meeting, 7-6, in overtime.
Remainder of Monday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Basketball (3-14, 1-5 in Oronoque Division)
The Rams visit Milford to face Foran (10-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. On Jan. 28, the Lions won 51-46 at CHS.