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01/08/2022 11:00 PM

Valley Boys’ Hoops Defeats Morgan; Gymnastics Gets Two Wins

Senior Saagar Patel and the Valley boys’ basketball squad notched a 59-46 victory against Morgan in a home game on Jan. 4, boosting the Warriors’ record to 3-3 on the season. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Boys’ Basketball

The Valley Regional boys’ basketball team shook off a few recent defeats by claiming a big win versus Morgan in a home game last week. On Jan. 4, the Warriors hosted Morgan and triumphed over the Huskies by the final score of 59-46 at Valley Regional High School. Valley improved its record to 3-3 on the year with the win.

Valley held a 15-6 lead against Morgan after the first quarter. Morgan outscored the Warriors 16-10 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 25-22 at halftime. Holding a 41-37 lead entering the fourth quarter, Valley won the final frame by an 18-9 margin to pull away for the 59-46 victory.

Senior Simon Partyka scored 17 points to go with six assists, five rebounds, and three steals for Valley in the victory. Senior Saagar Patel had 13 points with nine boards on the night. Junior Sam Hutchinson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for the Warriors. Junior DiAngelo Jean-Pierre had 10 points with five assists and three rebounds. Senior James Marsden added six points in the win.

Prior to facing Morgan, Valley had taken defeats versus East Hampton (49-47), Xavier (48-46), and Glastonbury (38-31) in its previous games. The Warriors were also slated to play at Cromwell last week, but the scheduled Jan. 7 game was postponed due to snow.

Girls’ Gymnastics

The Valley Regional girls’ gymnastics team hosted a quad-meet at Flip-Flop Gymnastics on Dec. 30. The Warriors defeated two of their three opponents at the meet by earning victories versus both Stonington and H-K/Morgan/Westbrook. Valley Regional posted a team score of 123.85 to defeat Stonington (120.9) and H-K/Morgan/Westbrook (90.45), while also taking a loss against Mercy (128.80).

Girls’ Ice Hockey

The Hand co-op girls’ ice hockey team has a record of 0-5 for the winter season. On Dec. 29, Hand, which also features athletes from Haddam-Killingworth, Branford, Valley Regional, Coginchaug, and Old Lyme, took a 2-0 road loss against West Haven-SHA at Bennett Rink on Dec. 29. The co-op squad was slated to face Amity-Cheshire-North Haven on Jan. 5, but the game was postponed. On Jan. 8, the team took a 5-2 road loss to Conard-Hall at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink.