Gaelettes, Burke slam Wilbur Cross

(Kyra Palange)
Megan Burke was the Gaelettes’ leading scorer, contributing 14 points to Shelton’s victory over Wilbur Cross on Friday night.

The Shelton High girls basketball team defeated Wilbur Cross of New Haven, 47-12, in an SCC clash in the Murray Gymnasium on Friday night.

With the win, coach Mary Piccirillo’s Gaelettes improved to 4-6, while the Governors dropped to 0-9.

“They played well, but we still have a long way to go,” Piccirillo said. “We had fewer turnovers tonight, which was good, but we still have to keep improving on that, as well as being a little more aggressive on offense.

“We had a great game from Megan Burke, she’s a tremendous player and she really showed what she could do tonight.”

Burke was the team’s leading scorer, netting 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Alyssa Eannotti was the second highest, accounting for seven points and one 3-point shot.

Shelton started slowly and was kept off the scoreboard for two minutes, until Eannotti sank her 3-pointer to give the Gaelettes a lead they would never relinquish.

After Burke netted a free throw, Jessica Wilm caught a nice pass from Eannotti and scored from underneath to take the score to 6-2.

Later in the quarter, Burke drove the length of the court and scored on a layup. She was fouled on the play and made her free throw for a 9-4 lead at the break.

Burke opened up the second frame with a 3-point shot, but what followed was a long scoring drought that saw neither team make a basket for a couple of minutes.

Wilm, who finished with eight points, finally broke the scoreless streak with a shot from the corner, which set off a rapid flurry of scoring for the Gaelettes.

Burke netted a layup, Nicole Roberts made one-of-two free throws, and Burke was at it again, sinking a 3-pointer to open up a 20-4 lead.

Shelton added six more points by Burke and Brook McCone to take the score to 26-4 at the half.

Cross did not score a single point in the second quarter.

Shelton continued to add distance in the third quarter, with Eannotti opening things up with a two-point basket.

A foul shot and a layup by Wilm and a shot from under the basket by Eannotti extended Shelton’s lead to 33-4 with 5:30 left in the quarter.

The scoring quieted down for another minute before Wilm was fouled and made both free throws.

Sivan Tepper added another two points on a layup after a steal and added another inside bucket. Nicole Beard notched a basket on a rebound, taking Shelton’s lead all the way to 41-4 with under a minute left in the frame.

Cross still had not scored since the first quarter, before Heaven Daluz sank a basket on a rebound to finally break the drought.

The quarter ended with the margin at 41-6.

Roberts, Burke and Wilm each added two points in the fourth frame.

Piccirillo’s Gaelettes are on track to best last year’s record of 7-13, and she’s confident her team could earn a spot in the conference playoffs.

Shelton began the week with a hard-fought 58-55 loss to Daniel Hand in Madison on Wednesday.

Eannotti scored 17 points, Burke and Beard 11, Roberts eight, McCone six and Wilm two, as Hand improved to 6-3.

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