Shelton-Amity (game story)

Brooke McCone (3) brings the ball upcourt for Shelton in its game with Amity on Friday. (Photo by Mike Suppe)

Mikaila Schmitt and Chloe Brinton combined to score 30 points, leading the Amity High girls basketball team past Shelton High, 39-24, on Friday in an SCC Housatonic Division matchup in Woodbridge.
Schmitt scored a game-high 16 points, adding seven rebounds and four steals. Brinton notched 14 points — including seven during a 13-0 run to start the second half that put the Spartans (7-1) ahead 31-12 midway through the third quarter.
Shelton’s Alyssa Eannotti and Jessica Wilm sandwiched layups around a fadeaway jumper by Schmitt, getting the Gaelettes within 33-16, before Brinton closed the quarter by converting a drive to the basket.
Amity scored just four points in the final frame, with Shelton netting eight, to put the final margin at 39-24 and extending the Spartans’ winning streak to six games.
Eannotti led coach Mary Piccirillo’s Gaelettes with eight points, while Wilm chipped in with six — all in the second half.
Amity held Shelton (3-5) without a field goal until the 4:35-mark of the second quarter, building up a 13-1 advantage it never relinquished.
Eannotti knocked down a free throw for Shelton’s lone point of the first quarter.
Schmitt, a 5-11 junior combo guard, give the Gaelettes fits in the opening frame. She converted a putback with 4:31 left in the period for the first points of game, before sinking a baseline jumper.
Following Eannotti’s foul shot at the 2:51 mark, Schmitt tossed in a layup, followed by a basket off of an offensive rebound by center Molly Ronan to make it 8-1 Amity after one quarter.
Putbacks by Schmitt and Isabella Bierezowiec and a free throw from Janae Graham pushed the Spartan advantage to 13-1 with 5:14 left in the first half.
Eannotti then buried a 3-pointer from the left wing on the ensuing Shelton possession, igniting a 10-3 Gaelette run.
Brinton answered Eannotti’s long-range jumper with a 3-pointer of her own, before Nicole Beard connected on a brace of free throws, Brooke McCone canned a three and Colleen Flood scored on a drive to narrow Shelton’s gap to 16-11.
That led to an Amity timeout and Beard then hit the back end of a two-shot foul to make it 16-12 with 1:21 remaining.
But, Amity forward Kristin Post closed the half with a layup, sparking a 15-0 run that stretched into the third quarter and didn’t end until Eannotti’s basket off of an inbounds’ play with three minutes left in the period.
Shelton outscored Amity, 12-8, over the final 11 minutes, but the damage was already done.
The Gaelettes faced Daniel Hand (5-3) last night at Polson Gymnasium and host Wilbur Cross (0-8) of New Haven on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Murray Gymnasium.

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