Big Weekend Wins for New Canaan Basketball Association 7 Girls Red
—submitted by Denise Lucarelli
NCBA 7 Girls Red added to their record with 2 close wins over the weekend against Wilton (27-21) and Naugatuck (27-24). On Saturday against Wilton, with the game tied at the half, the girls headed into the third quarter ready to play. On defense, lightning speed Riley Fortmann, Jane Shumway and Katie Casey had multiple steals, and Dianna Luccarelli and Georgi Owsley executed the half-court press defense with precision, resulting in forced turnovers by Wilton and dominant possession by New Canaan. Olivia Michelini and Julia Michelini dominated the boards. The team exploded offensively in the third quarter, scoring 11 of the team’s 27 points. the game’s high scorers were Lauren Livesay/8 points and Sammie Plosker/6 points, with additional points by Jacqueline Mulle, Casey, Olivia Michellini, Fortmann, Shumway, and Owsley. Despite a fourth quarter rally by Wilton, New Canaan held on to win 27-21. On Sunday against Naugatuck, New Canaan opened up a significant lead in the first half with points by Jane Shumway, Riley Fortmann, Lauren Livesay and Georgi Owsley and numerous assists by Sammie Plosker, Olivia Michelini and Julia Michelini.