Gaelettes, Burke slam Wilbur Cross

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.