GIRLS' YOUTH BASKETBALL: West Haven reaches Ulbrich Christmas tournament championship game
The West Haven 12U girls’ basketball team had a successful run in the Ulbrich Christmas Tournament during the break.
The Westies defeated Hamden Regional, 46-17, and Glastonbury, 47-40, en route to a showdown with Windham in the championship.
West Haven handed Windham its first loss of the season just two weeks earlier and this time Windham returned the favor, edging the Westies 38-36 to take home the title.
In the first game against Hamden, West Haven went on an early 22-2 run to cruise to the victory.
Nicole Kessler was instrumental to the run, playing great defense, making a couple of steals and scoring four points as the Westies built up a 24-4 lead at halftime.
West Haven let up on defense to start the second half and Hamden went on an 11-6 run before Lauren Lewis took over scoring 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half. Monica Malangone played great defense and helped control the glass while putting up four points.
On Thursday, Angie Louis started scoring early and often against Glastonbury, putting up 10 of her game-high 19 points in the first half and the Westies took the early 16-10 lead.
Glastonbury responded with a 12-3 run to take a 22-19 lead at halftime.
The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the second half while Tatyana Lathrop played great defense, helped West Haven control the boards and scored three points, but the game was knotted at 38 with less than 3 minutes to go.
Dayniera Artis then took over, driving to the basket on every possession and helping the Westies finish the game out on a 9-2 run to advance to the championship game with a 47-40 win.
In the final against Windham, Louis again began scoring early with eight of her game-high15 points coming in the first half.
Though the Westies took an early 13-7 lead, their starting center Tiana Moraes went to the bench with three fouls and Windham came back with a 16-4 run to get to the break leading 23-17.
The Westies fought back but every time they got to within two points, Windham would score and hold a six-point lead throughout most of the second half.
Taylor Cancel had five points and hit an early 3-pointer but missed one that would have put the Westies up coming down the stretch and West Haven suffered its first loss of the season by a final of 38-36.