Girls basketball: Shelton falls to Hamden in SCC playoffs

The Shelton High girls basketball team ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday night, when the 13th-seeded Gaelettes made the trek to Hamden High to play the fourth-seeded Green Dragons.

Shelton (8-13) was no match for their rivals size and speed, as Hamden advanced with a 76-38 decision.

The Green Dragons (17-4) will play No. 5 seed Amity Regional in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Coach Joe Cavallaro’s Gaelettes will prepare for the upcoming state tournament.

Shelton tied the game twice in the opening quarter‚ at 7-7 on Mackenzie Joyce’s basket off a Maggie Howard assist and at 9-9 on Joyce’s put back.

Hamden went up 13-9, before Clarissa Pierre forced a turnover and Leah Vohra fed Joyce for her third basket of the period.

Hamden’s Makaela Johnson hit a 3-pointer that beat the horn for a 16-11 Dragon lead.

Shelton had turned the ball over too many times in the opening frame, but that had only stalled the locals ability to score.

In the second stanza, Hamden made lemon out of those lemonades.

Pierre stole a rebound away and put the ball in the glass on Shelton’s first possession.

Hamden then went on an 18-0 run that covered 6:24, before Howard ended the skein with a free throw.

Taniyah Thompson scored 16 points in the period and Hamden took a 44-18 lead into the half.

Johnson made consecutive 3-pointers to open the third quarter, and the Green Dragons never took the foot off the pedal as they stretched the margin to 59-28 after three periods.

Shelton's Kayla Resto and Joyce scored eight points each.

Johnson finished with 27 points and Thompson had 25.