Whippets tip off season with win

The Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn.
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Feb. 22—WOODSTOCK — Sienna Ortiz scored 15 points and picked off five steals as the Windham High girls basketball team opened its season on Saturday with a 47- 24 Eastern Connecticut Conference North Division victory over Woodstock Academy.

Ady Gonzalez (11 points) made three 3- pointers for the Whips ( 1- 0 overall, 1- 0 league), who led 18- 12 at halftime before using a 19- 4 third- quarter surge to build a 37- 16 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Windham also dominated on the glass with Hailey Cruz grabbing 13 rebounds and Ainsley Dupuis adding 12 caroms.

In other games. ...

Kaysie Dupuis recorded her third consecutive double- double of the season, scoring a career- high 33 points with 14 rebounds as Parish Hill rolled to a 73- 47 Capital Region Athletic League victory over Capital Prep in Chaplin.

Dupuis, who set her previous career high ( 31) in last year's CIAC Class S second- round state tournament victory over East Granby, is now seven points shy of becoming the sixth player in program history and 11th in school history to score 1,000 points.

Kristie Zator also had a big game for the Pirates ( 4- 0 overall, 4- 0 CRAL) with her second consecutive double- double, pouring in a career- high 28 points while also pulling down 12 rebounds.

Kaelyn Pearl added five points and six rebounds and Emma Anderson had four points and seven assists as Parish Hill shot 49 percent from the floor in the matchup between the top two teams in the CRAL.

Sydney Fulton led the Trailblazers (3-1, 3-1) with 17 points.

Taylor Golembiewski scored 20 points and E. O. Smith turned up its defense in the first half of a 59- 29 Central Connecticut Conference Region C victory over RHAM in Hebron.

Claire Greene added 12 points and Lilli Clark had eight points as the Panthers ( 2- 1 overall, 2- 1 league) parlayed their aggression on the defensive end to build a commanding 37- 9 halftime lead.

Sarah West paced the Raptors (1-2, 1-2) with 18 points.

Kassidy LaTour had five points as Lyman Memorial ( 0- 1 overall, 0- 1 league) fell in its season opener to Killingly, 64- 13, in an ECC North Division game in Dayville.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mekhi Hayden led three players in double- figures with 26 points and E. O. Smith opened the fourth quarter on a 14- 2 run over the first six minutes to pull away for a 60- 48 CCC Region C victory over RHAM in Storrs.

Hayden broke a 38- all tie on a jump shot at the buzzer

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to end the third quarter and the Panthers (1-1 overall, 1-1 league) carried that momentum into the fourth.

Dylan Bisallion (6 points) made a 3- pointer that pushed the lead into double- digits (52-40) and Austin Turkis (12 points) completed the 14- 2 spurt with a jumper with just over two minutes left.

Justin Desautels added 10 points for E.O. Smith and Christian Turner had 14 rebounds.

Jim Hulland led the Raptors (2-2, 2-2) with 15 points.

Devin Marquez made five 3-pointers and finished with 28 points as Windham dropped an 88- 63 ECC North Division decision to Woodstock Academy at Callaghan Gymnasium.

Joseph Crespo added 14 points for the Whips ( 0- 1 overall, 0- 1 league).

Dimitri Zinchenko ( 18 points) led five players in double- figures as the Centaurs (1-0, 1-0) ended the first quarter on a 12-0 run to build a 30- 18 lead and increased their lead to 20 points ( 47- 27) at the halftime break.

Joey Johnson had 30 points for Windham Tech, which dropped an 80- 75 decision at Norwich Tech in a Connecticut Technical Conference East Division pod game.

Issac Davis added 14 points and Dustin Garrison 11 for the Mighty Tigers ( 3- 1 overall, 3- 1 league), who led 36- 26 at halftime.

Jay Johnson scored 12 of his 24 points in the third quarter for the Warriors (2-2, 2-2).

Jaiden Lopez finished with a game high 20 points for Lyman Memorial in a 46- 39 ECC North Division loss to Killingly in Lebanon.

Dylan Lucey added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists as the Bulldogs ( 0- 1 overall, 0- 1 league) rallied to tie the game at 34- all with 4: 25 remaining with a 9-0 run.

Cole Lavigne put the Redmen ( 1- 0, 1- 0) ahead to stay on a steal and lay- up while Trevin Russ (8 points) and Jason Grzysiewicz ( 8 points) sealed the game at the foul line down the stretch.

Michael Monroe finished with 12 points for Parish Hill (0-4, 0-4 league) in a 73-41 CRAL loss to Capital Prep in Chaplin.

Jalen Gordon and Nehemiah Johnson each had 12 points for the Trailblazers (4-0, 4-0), who led 29-4 after one quarter.

HOCKEY

Kiyan Pourmalecki gave the Northeastern Shamrocks a 1- 0 lead in a 3- 1 non- league loss to Woodstock Academy at the Bolton Ice Palace.

Travis Hook assisted on the goal 8: 32 into the second period for the Shamrocks (0-4).

Zach Holm made 32 saves in net.

Nick Chubbuck (2 goals) broke a 1- all tie in the third period for the Centaurs (2-0).

Conor O'Brien and Keegan Hodgkinson scored for E. O. Smith/ Tolland in a 5-2 CCC South Division loss to Newington at the South Windsor Ice Arena.

Dan Polgun made 25 saves for the Bucks (1-4 overall, 1- 4 league).