Balanced Whips tame Tigers

The Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn.
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Feb. 23—WILLIMANTIC — Devin Marquez led four players in double- figures with 22 points as the Windham High boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Monday night with a 77- 49 Eastern Connecticut Conference North Division victory over Tourtellotte at Callaghan Gymnasium.

Marquez knocked down four of the eight 3- pointers on the night for the Whips ( 1- 1) and also dished off eight assists.

Jayden Villafane added 15 points, six rebounds and six steals while Jacob Holman ( 11 points) and Isaiah Mangual ( 10 points) also were in double-figures for the victors.

Freshman Anthony Green grabbed 12 rebounds and also had five points for Windham, which led 23-9 after one quarter and breezed into the halftime break with a 45- 26 advantage.

In other games. ...

Austin Turkis finished with 10 points as E.O. Smith dropped a 75- 34 Central Connecticut Conference Region C decision to East Catholic in Manchester.

Christian Turner and Justin Desautels each added seven points for the Panthers (1-2).

Luke Strole had 17 points to lead the Eagles ( 4- 0), the unanimous No. 1- ranked team in the New Haven Register/ GameTimeCT state poll.

Joey Johnson scored 25 points while Alex Johnson ( 13 points) and Brody Belanger ( 11) each posted career highs for Windham Tech in an 85- 48 Connecticut Technical Conference East Division pod victory over Ellis Tech in Willimantic.

The Mighty Tigers ( 4- 1) raced out to a 32- 16 lead after one quarter and increased their advantage to 56- 24 at the halftime break.

Jaiden Lopez had 10 points for Lyman Memorial (0-2) in a 62-22 ECC North Division loss at Woodstock Academy.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Claudia Koiva scored 15 points and Windham Tech remained unbeaten in the CTC East Division pod with a 38-26 victory over Ellis Tech in Danielson.

Baylee Miller had 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers (3-0).

Ady Gonzalez (22 points) connected on four 3- pointers to help lead Windham past Tourtellotte, 55- 26, in a ECC North Division game in North Grosvenordale.

Hailey Cruz had a monster game off the backboards for the Whips (2-0) with 24 rebounds to go along with eight points.

Callie Nanos scored 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers for Lyman Memorial in a 46-27 ECC North Division loss to Woodstock Academy in Lebanon.

Kassidy LaTour added seven points for the Bulldogs (0-2), who led 27-23 with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter after Nanos made her second 3- pointer of the

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Aurissa Boardman (14 points) paced the Centaurs (1-1), who scored the final 23 points of the game to rally for the win.

ECC NEWS

The Eastern Connecticut Conference announced Monday it will not allow fans to attend any winter sporting events the rest of the season, but will consider changing its policy for the spring season.

" The Eastern Connecticut Conference board of control agreed to maintain the current policy to not allow spectators at all winter events through the end of the winter season," ECC commissioner Gary Makowicki said in a statement.

"This decision is aligned with both the CIAC and the DPH's continued recommendation to not allow spectators. This decision also demonstrates the league's commitment to ensuring the safety and well- being for the student- athletes, coaches and officials. The board of directors will revisit the policy for the spring season."