Suffield Sweeps Ellington in Hoop Doubleheader

Most basketball doubleheaders consist of a varsity game preceded by a JV contest. Monday evening’s twinbill at Suffield High School, however, was just a little bit different. The Wildcat girls hosted Ellington in the first game, followed by a matchup of the schools’ boys in the nightcap.

Both Suffield teams emerged victorious in spirited affairs. The girls posted a 45-38 win, while the boys rallied from an eight point fourth-quarter deficit to prevail, 41-40.

The opening game between the ladies consisted of long scoring streaks foreach side. Suffield opened with the first eight points, but Ellington embarked on a 13-0 run to grab a five-point lead. The Knights took a 24-22 lead into halftime, but the Wildcats tallied the first five points after intermission to assume the lead for good.

After Suffield point guard Kaitlyn Corr fouled out, Myra Anderson drained a three-pointer to bring Ellington within one at 37-36. The Wildcats regrouped and ran off six straight points to ice the victory.

Merideth Ouellette led Suffield with 18 points, while Corr and Arianna Flagg chipped in eight apiece. Anderson had nine for the Knights, while Shannon Maguire and Madi Lemire added eight apiece.

The boys’ game was back and forth the entire evening. Suffield used a trio of three-point baskets, including two by Sam Flynn, to take a 17-16 lead at the break.

Ellington enjoyed a 6-0 run in the third quarter, but Flynn scored an old-fashioned three-point play followed by another trey to put the Wildcats back on top. A pair of three-pointers by Mark Hickman and a hoop by Jack Connelly provided the Knights a 32-27 lead heading into the final period.

Back-to-back baskets by Bailey Bassett and Connelly gave Ellington its largest lead at 39-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Suffield came back to tie it with an eight-point spurt that culminated with Robert Howard’s three-pointer.

A free throw by Bob Brisson pushed the Knights back in front with 1:28 left, but Matt Clark scored the game-winning bucket for the Wildcats with 53 seconds remaining.

Ellington had a chance to win in the waning seconds when Connelly drove the lane, but a pair of Suffield defenders got their hands on the ball to force a jump ball. The possession arrow favored the Wildcats, enabling them to escape with the victory.

Flynn and Hickman tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points apiece. Bassett had eight for the Knights, while Clark contributed seven for Suffield.

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