After a first half in which Shelton overcame East Lyme\u2019s pressure defense but missed some in-close chances, the Gaelettes had to be thinking if they found a way to keep it up in the second half but convert with more frequency they might have a chance to win. But in Thursday\u2019s Shelton High Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament championship game, East Lyme\u2019s full-court press \u2013 coupled with domination on the boards \u2013 was simply too much and the visitors turned a 25-16 halftime advantage into a 54-26 triumph. Shelton fell to 3-4 and East Lyme improved to 5-2. \u201cWe were breaking the press consistently in the first half. We had shots. We had a lot of good opportunities. We just didn\u2019t finish,\u201d Shelton coach Joe Cavallaro said. \u201cWe just didn\u2019t make shots. We had a lot of layups we didn\u2019t make.\u201d Shelton was without Reem Abdel-Hack due to illness, and her 5-foot-11 frame was missed around the hoop. \u201cWe got beat on second and third shots. The offensive rebounds killed us. We just didn\u2019t rebound. That made the biggest difference,\u201d Cavallaro said. Grace Boles and Kayla Resto got to a bulk of Shelton\u2019s rebounds, combining for more than a dozen pull-downs. East Lyme got to a majority of the rebounds and forced turnover with quick hands and physical play. Boles and Resto were both named to the All-Tournament team. The Gaelettes trailed 12-7 after one quarter of play. Tournament MVP Megan Bauman hit a pair of her 3-pointers in the second quarter. Bauman finished with 18 points to lead East Lyme. Shelton was led by Resto, Leya Vohra and Boles, each with five points. Mackenzie Joyce scored four, Maggie Howard had three and Elizabeth Casinelli and Alivia Leonard both added two. The Gaelelles were limited to just a Joyce fast-break basket in being outscored 15-2 in the third quarter. Cavallaro called a trio of timeouts in the first couple minutes of the fourth, as the Gaelettes tried to make something of a game that was slipping away. Shelton stands to benefit from this contest, as it gets into the heart of its Southern Connecticut Conference schedule. \u201cIf you play more physical teams it helps us become more physical,\u201d Cavallaro said. Shelton will have some time to practice before the next game. The Gaelettes are off until a Monday, Jan 8, visit to Career Magnet. Shelton returns home to play Sheehan two days later, and will entertain West Haven on Friday, Jan. 12. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.