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Sunday, December 9, 2012

ALLEY-OOPS: 2 Mierzejewski's are better than one

BEYOND THE ARC – The first week is done and Career’s got an A-List, Emma McCarthy triples her pleasure and two Mierzejewski’s are better than one. Alley-oop.

ALLEYS: Last weeks hits.

Lyman Hall has got a pair of studs in Taylor and Nicole Mierzejewski. Check out what they did last week.
Taylor Mierzejewski had 20 points and five steals for the Lyman Hall girls’ basketball team in a 48-35 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision win over West Haven at Wallingford in the season opener for both teams.
Lyman Hall’s Nicole Mierzejewski had a good start to her season in Wednesday's victory. On Friday she carried that momentum into the second half and overtime scoring 14 of her 18 points to help her team down Foran 41-39 in OT. Mierzejewski was the only Trojan (2-0) in double-digits as Lyman Hall kept the Lions’ (0-2) Taylor Ceballos under control, only surrendering 11 points to the freshman.

No. 8 Lauralton Hall’s Emma McCarthy started off her season in style with a rather unorthodox triple-double. Check it out.
No. 8 Lauralton Hall’s Emma McCarthy had an unusual triple double against Newtown on Wednesday night. She had 13 points (that’s pretty normal), 10 rebounds (nothing out of the ordinary about that) and 10 steals (Ooooooh, that’s the unusual part). The Crusaders topped the Nighthawks 55-38. Olivia Levey had herself a game, grabbing 18 rebounds for LH (1-0) in the win over Newtown (0-1).

No. 1 Career’s got the best team in the state and a big three that would put fear in any opponents heart. Meet the A-list.
Tanaya Atkinson, Nicole Anderson and Alyssa Alston (three A’s, A-list, get it?) are the cream of the SCC crop on the state’s best team. They showed Sacred Heart Academy just why last night as Atkinson dropped a game-high 36 points and Alston and Anderson added 13 each in a 71-42 victory. The Panthers’ (2-0) Atkinson came six points shy of tying the Pacers (0-2), who suffered their second straight double-digit loss after falling to Amity 41-31 Wednesday. The A-List also accounted for 62 of Career's 71 points.

OOPS: Last week’s misses.

Sacred Heart Academy was held to just six fourth-quarter points in a season-opening loss to Amity 41-31 to start the season as the Spartans’ stifling defense and timely shot making put the Pacers away.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: Foran fell to Lyman Hall 41-39 in overtime on Friday. Despite a valiant effort from both teams, the Lions can point to free throws and turnovers as contributing factors in their defeat. Foran shot a Dwight-Howardesque 54 percent (15-for-28) from the line and turned the ball over 26 times, according to Mike Madera who covered the game for the Register.

I Beg Your Pardon?: The best quotes from last week’s games

“Carly is awesome. The kid, talk about mental toughness, physical toughness. She’ll throw her body on the ground, throw her body into a wall. She’s asked to screen someone? She’d do it to a fault. There’s no keeping her down. Torn ACL? Comes back. Another one? Comes back again.”

Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Forcucci talking about Carly Fabbri coming back from a torn ACL and scoring 10 points on Wednesday. Read the CT Post’s story here, courtesy of Mike Cardillo.

“Murph and Holly tried to outscore them together but the old adage is, ‘Little guys get tired, big guys don’t shrink,’ That’s kind of what happened to us. I don’t think either coach is happy with the defensive effort. You don’t see high school girls scoring in the 70s. That doesn’t happen a lot.”

E.O. Smith coach Kirk Murad said this after Holly Worski made seven 3-pointers and Murphy Murad hit five in a loss to Northwest Catholic on Wednesday. Check out the story from the Hartford Courant.

“We survived tonight. A game like this will help us grow up. Last year, we would have lost a game like this. We were 0-20 last year. To start 2-0, I will take it.”

Lyman Hall coach Tom Lipka after his team’s 41-39 overtime victory over Foran on Friday. Special to the Register, Mike Madera has more.  

Ballers: Last week's best scorers.
Tanaya Atkinson, No. 1 Career: She scored a game-high 36 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 71-42 win over Sacred Heart Academy Friday.
Trayneice Mims, Hyde: Finished with 24 points, four assists and four steals in a 55-42 victory over Portland Wednesday.
Jenn Vazquez, St. Joseph (Trumbull): She dropped 27 points on Fairfield Warde in a 57-45 triumph Friday.
Jayva Johnson, West Haven: She made two 3-pointers and finished with 24 points in a 59-22 win over Wilbur Cross Friday.
Taylor Mierzejewski, Lyman Hall: Dropped 20 points and had five steals in a 48-35 victory over West Haven Wednesday.

Brawlers: Last week's toughest performances.
Tanaya Atkinson, No. 1 Career: Had a game-high 26 points, nine rebounds and nine steals and made two 3-pointers in a 77-46 victory over Foran Wednesday.
Shyla Osmond, Sacred Heart Academy: On Wednesday she only scored six points in a loss to Amity, but she played despite a bad concussion this summer and just one week of practice.
Tori Peterson, Haddam-Killingworth: She dropped 17 points and hauled in 17 rebounds in a 46-38 victory over Old Saybrook Friday.
Taylor Ceballos, Foran: Had a double-double of 25 points and 14 boards in a 77-46 loss to No. 1 Career Wednesday.
Melissa Tirella, Ansonia: She finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in a 42-37 triumph over St. Paul Friday.


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