CHS Girls' Basketball Closes Regular Season With Third Straight Win In Monday's Senior Night, Blades Girls' Hockey Falls On The Road

CHS Girls' Basketball Closes Regular Season With Third Straight Win In Monday's Senior Night, Blades Girls' Hockey Falls On The Road

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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.


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