The long-range shots kept falling.

Shelton High never trailed, jumped out to an 11-2 lead, and racked up three-point shots – seven of them, all in the first half – en route to a 64-41 triumph over visiting Lyman Hall on Friday night.

Brian Belade hit two 3-pointers, Peri Basimakopoulos and Jakai Barnes each made one from downtown in the opening stanza, and the Gaels carried a 16-9 lead into the second.

They kept raining three-pointers and poured it on, capped by another Barnes trey, to open up a 23-9 cushion. It was 32-16 at halftime.

“That’s what we’ve been talking about all week in practice,” Shelton coach Brian Gardiner said. “Our last four games we got down early and we lost all four games. It’s hard to come back against good teams, so we talked about starting fast and keeping the foot on the pedal.”

Shelton got back to the .500 mark at 5-5, following a trio of very close setbacks (a combined 10 points) among those four straight defeats.

Lyman Hall fell to 2-8.

Gardiner and the coaching staff pushed Shelton hard in practice in the time leading up to the win over Lyman Hall, and it paid off.

“They had two of the best days of practice you’ll ever see,” Gardiner said. “They practiced really hard. They know they let some slip away. We have a lot of season left and wanted to get on the right track tonight.”

Brian Berritto finished with a game-best 19 points; he had one of Shelton’s baskets from beyond the arc.

Basimakopoulos, behind a pair of 3-pointers, dropped in 14.

Barnes, with a couple three-pointers in the mix, scored a dozen.

Belade had eight, Melvin Kolenovic scored seven and Mike Callinan contributed four.

Shelton generated its outside scoring production via a drive and kick-out style of play.

Leading 11-6, Shelton opened up the lead when Barnes sank a right corner 3.

Berritto beat the halftime buzzer with a three-pointer from the left elbow of the arc.

“They shot the right threes. That’s why they went in,” Gardiner said.

Shelton did all of its second-half damage on two-point field goals and free throws.

It was no less productive, putting up another 32 spot over the final two periods.

Lyman Hall hung tough in the third, outscoring the Gaels 14-13. It was 45-30 Shelton heading to the fourth.

The Gaels opened a 58-32 lead by the midpoint of the quarter, ending with Berritto converting a three-point play with a basket and foul shot.

Shelton was 15-for-20 from the foul line.

The Gaels beat Lyman Hall on the road, 62-40 earlier this season.

Lyman Hall (2-8)

Tyler Voisine 1 0-0 2, Shakespeare Rodriguez 4 1-1 10, Zach Ranney 3 1-2 7, Sean Pragano 1 0-0 3, Austin Ruiz 1 1-2 3, Jack Vegliante 1 0-0 2, Evan Smith 4 0-1 9, Lucas O’Reardon 5 0-0 10, Cameron Regan 2 0-0 4

Totals: 18 3-5 41

Shelton (5-5)

Brian Berritto 8 2-5 19, Brian Belade 3 0-0 8, Peri Basimakopoulos 4 4-4 14, Martin Dominguez 0 0-1 0, Kevin Belden 0 0-0 0, Jakai Barnes 4 2-2 12, Melvin Kolenovic 1 5-6 7, Mike Callinan 1 2-2 4. Robert Correia 0 0-0 0, Gavin Rohlman 0 0-0 0, Joe Thompson 0 0-0 0, Vin DeFeo 0 0-0 0

Totals: 21 15-20 64

Lyman Hall 9   7 14 11 — 41

Shelton     16 16 13 19 — 64

3-point goals: Lyman Hall (Rodriguez 1, Pragano 1); Shelton (Berritto 1, Belade 2, Basimakopoulos 2, Barnes 2)