West Haven 11U girls basketball advances to Ulbrich tourney finals

The West Haven 11U girls’ travel basketball team had a busy holiday week beginning with the Ulbrich Christmas Tournament last Tuesday where it opened up against Newington.

West Haven quickly took the lead and coasted to halftime with a 21-6 lead behind Dayniera Artis’ eight of her game-high 10 points and Kaitlynn Cooke’s six points.

In the second half Samantha Giaquinto took over running the point and assisting on most of the baskets while adding a basket herself to help West Haven finish with a 39-9 victory.

On Wednesday, the Westies took on a Lady Spartans team that made it much more difficult for them to score but controlling the boards helped West Haven control the tempo of the game.

Tiana Moraes had eight of her 12 rebounds and four of her six points by the break and Nicole Kessler had three rebounds and hit both free throws in the first half to help West Haven take a 12-8 halftime lead.

In the second half, West Haven continued its dominance on the boards with Jessica Simonds pulling down a couple of rebounds while playing great defense to help West Haven close a 23-18 victory and advance to the championship game.

The Westies faced the host team, Ulbrich, in the championship game last Thursday.

West Haven again had difficulty scoring but got its share of rebounds.

Dayniera Artis scored two of her team-high seven points and pulled down five of her 12 rebounds before the break to pace the Westies and Maya Lee chipped in with a basket to help West Haven stay within striking distance at the break, behind 11-8.

In the second half, Tatyana Lathrop helped West Haven control the boards but the Westies never got the offense going in a 25-17 loss.

On Sunday, the Westies got back to league play with a 24-22 loss in East Haven.

Dayniera Artis had five first-half points and Lauren Lewis had three of her five in the half to give the Westies their only offense and they found themselves down 11-8 at the break.

Tiana Moraes scored four second-half points to help keep the Westies in the game before they fell just short.

This coming weekend doesn’t get any easier for the Westies when they host Ulbrich on Saturday before traveling to Guilford on Sunday.