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01/22/2022 11:00 PM

Valley Girls’ Hoops Refuses to Lose; Gymnastics Team Scores Two Victories

Junior Elizabeth Allen and the Warriors stayed undefeated on the season by earning victories against Old Saybrook and Somers in last week’s matchups. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Girls’ Basketball

The Valley Regional girls’ basketball team moved to 9-0 on the season after winning a pair of matchups last week. The Warriors earned a convincing win versus Old Saybrook before defeating Somers in recent action.

In its first contest of the week, Valley Regional hosted Old Saybrook and defeated the Rams by the final score of 59-25 on Jan. 18. Junior Abby Bradbury scored 25 points, making 5 shots from beyond the arc, to go with 8 steals, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in the victory. Sophomore Olivia Cunningham had 16 points with 6 boards, 3 assists, and 5 blocks for Valley.

Junior Siena Schaller scored 5 points and had 2 blocks, while freshman Regan Grow had 5 points with 6 rebounds on the night. Junior Elizabeth Allen scored 4 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 3 steals. Senior Ava Cunningham had 3 steals with 4 assists for the Warriors, and fellow senior Bitzy Klomp also swiped 3 steals to go with 3 assists.

On Jan. 22, Valley was on the road to face Somers. The Warriors claimed a 41-37 victory versus the Spartans to stay perfect on the year.

Bradbury had 19 points with 5 rebounds, 6 steals, and 2 blocks in the contest. Olivia Cunningham posted a double-double by scoring 12 points and corralling 12 rebounds. Allen had 6 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Ava Cunningham also had 6 rebounds, and Schaller collected 7 rebounds to go with 2 blocks.

Boys’ Ice Hockey

The East Haven-Morgan-Valley-East Hampton-Old Lyme (EH-M-V-EH-OL) co-op boys’ ice hockey team played three games at Northford Ice Pavilion last week and claimed three victories to improve its record to 9-1 on the season. The Yellowjackets defeated Branford, North Branford, and Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks (S-G-WL) in recent action.

EH-M-V-EH-OL started off the week by posting an 8-2 road win over Branford on Jan. 17. Branford held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Yellowjackets erupted with six goals in the second period and then added two more scores in the third on their way to the victory.

Senior captain Michael Robert of East Haven tied the game at 1 by scoring an unassisted goal early in the second period. Senior Josh Berg scored from junior and fellow East Hampton resident Nicholas Ruggiero and senior captain Parker Sprankle of Old Lyme to give East Haven a 2-1 lead. East Haven sophomore Michael Savo made it 3-1 by scoring on an assist from East Haven freshman Gennaro Pompano, who netted an unassisted goal just a few seconds later to put the Yellowjackets up 4-1 within the first five minutes of the second period. Joseph Vocatura scored from fellow East Haven junior Alan Schroeter to make it 5-1, after which Savo scored from freshman Cameron LaCroix of East Haven for a 6-1 advantage through two.

Branford scored the first goal of the third period, but the Yellowjackets responded when Old Lyme sophomore Griffin McGlinchey scored from Robert and Pompano to make it a 7-2 game. Pompano later scored from McGlinchey and Savo to finish off the 8-2 victory. Senior captain Ethan Roach of East Haven made 24 saves in the win.

On Jan. 21, EH-M-V-EH-OL notched a 4-3 victory versus North Branford in another road game at Northford Ice Pavilion. The following day, the Yellowjackets hosted S-G-W and posted a 5-0 shutout to finish off an undefeated week.

Girls’ Ice Hockey

The Hand/H-K/Valley/Branford/Coginchaug/Old Lyme co-op girls’ hockey team played an away game against Guilford at Northford Ice Pavilion last week. The Tigers took a 4-3 loss to the Grizzlies on Jan. 19 to move to 1-7 on the season.

Girls’ Gymnastics

The Valley Regional girls’ gymnastics team hosted three teams for a meet at Flip-Flop Gymnastics in Deep River on Jan. 22. The Warriors posted a team score of 117.05 to defeat Mercy (106.95) and Hamden (96.6), while taking a loss against Haddam-Killingworth/Morgan/Westbrook (130.85) at the meet. Senior Grace Jacaruso finished second on the vault by scoring an 8.4 for the event.