Girls basketball: Gaelettes fall to Foran Lions
Seeking to qualify for the state playoffs on Monday night, the Shelton High girls basketball team had a game against an SCC foe it had beaten on the road earlier in the campaign.
This time, despite home court advantage, the Gaelettes fell to Foran 42-32.
Shelton slipped to 5-8 and Foran improved to 4-10.
Kayla Resto led Shelton with 13 points.
Grace Boles had five, and Maggie Howard and Devon Wildman each had three.
The Gaelettes trailed 20-13 at halftime. They got an early third-quarter 3-pointer from Maggie Howard, but managed just two more points in the stanza and fell behind 31-18 heading to the fourth.
“We did a poor job of getting to the basket. We didn’t get to the foul line until the final minute of the game,” said Shelton coach Joe Cavallaro, whose team got to the free throw line for three of its seven foul shots of the game in the last 60 seconds.
Foran built a 16-point lead early in the fourth.
Shelton clawed into the deficit on a basket by Resto and a three-point play by Boles. It had a chance to get within to single digits with more than three minutes remaining, but Foran made some stops on defense.
“We had a shot. We knew we had to make some shots though. We couldn’t make a shot all night long,” Cavallaro said. “They made a bunch of threes. We didn’t do a good job defending it. We know who their shooters are.”
Foran had patience with the ball and canned six 3-pointers, including a trio from Jasmine Lord (18 points).
“You can’t win with 32 points and we scored seven of them in the last minute,” Cavallaro said.
Cavallaro was pleased with the aggressiveness of Keira O'Connor and Resto.
Lauren Heenan 1 0-0 3, Sam Inthapanhya 0 2-2 2, Jasmine Lord 4 7-11 18, Mia Tunucci 5 0-1 12, Emma Lucas 1 1-2 3, Bridget Collins 0 0-2 0, Jade Lord 2 0-2 4
Totals: 13 10-18 42
Kayla Resto 6 1-2 13, Mackenzie Joyce 1 0-0 2, Leya Vohra 0 0-2 0, Grace Boles 2 1-1 3, Maggie Howard 1 0-0 3, Lily Boles 0 0-0 0, Reem Abdel-Hack 1 0-0 2, Kiera O’Connor 0 2-2 2, Clarissa Pierre 1 0-0 2, Devin Wildman 1 0-0 3
Totals: 13 4-7 32
Shelton 5-8-5-12– 32
3-pointers: V— Jasmine Lord 3, Mia Tunucci 2. Heenan 1. H —Maggie Howard 1