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High School Roundup Immaculate rolls to 9-1 ahead of daunting stretch

January 25, 2019

DANBURY—Halfway through the season and things have gone right to plan for the Immaculate boys basketball team.

The schedule is about to ramp up in intensity, but it appears the Mustangs are ready.

The Mustangs rolled to a 70-46 win over Barlow Thursday night as part of a Play for the Cure fundraiser. Immaculate improved to 9-1 with the win as Jack Woods poured in 31 points to lead the offense.

Immaculate built a 37-17 lead by halftime; Barlow cut into the gap during the third quarter but the hosts allowed just six points in the final frame.

“I thought we played well in the first half,” Immaculate coach Nelson Mingachos said. “I thought we came out sluggish in the third quarter and settled back down in the fourth … I thought we controlled the tempo pretty well.”

The game served as a final tune-up for what will be a massive week for Immaculate which consists of three contests at home after a visit to St. Bernard on Saturday. It starts Monday when one-loss Newtown visits Danbury; the Mustangs host Bunnell Wednesday and Waterford on Saturday.

“We have a gauntlet here,” Mingachos said. “Two teams that are ranked in the state in Newtown and Waterford, and Bunnell hasn’t lost (in eight games). Next week is going tell a lot, shift teams around a lot and the cream will definitely rise to the top.”

The funds raised went to Ann’s Place, a facility that helps those with cancer in Danbury.

IMMACULATE 70, BARLOW 44

BARLOW (4-8)

Danny Mangieri 3 2-2 10 Clark Gilmore 4 0-0 9 James Menapace 1 0-0 3 Charlie Bartro 0 0-2 0 Carter Janki 0 0-2 0 Austin DeLuca 2 3-4 7 Tom Richetelli 5 5-8 15.

IMMACULATE (9-1)

Jack Woods 13 3-4 31 Mike Basile 7 3-4 17 Quinn Guth 5 5-5 16 Keelan Doherty 1 2-2 4 Sean Guiry 1 0-1 2. Totals: 27 13-16 70.

BARLOW 6 11 21 6 — 44

IMMACULATE 16 21 16 15 —- 70

3-pointers: B—Mangieri 2, Gilmore, Menapace; I—Woods 2, Guth.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Newtown rebounded from suffering its first defeat against a Connecticut opponent this week by downing a pair of opponents, Brookfield Tuesday and Stratford 58-30 Thursday. Against the Red Devils Cailin Wilson led the attack with 14 points while Nicki DaPra added 10. The Nighthawks led 25-4 after one period; 12 players scored for Newtown, which improved to 12-2.

NEWTOWN 58, STRATFORD 30

STRATFORD (4-9)

Upchurch 0 1-2 1 Torreso 3 0-2 8 Anka 4 3-4 14 Ritchie 1 0-0 2 Carbone 2 0-2 5. Totals: 10 4-10 30.

NEWTOWN (12-2)

Cailin Wilson 4 3-4 14 Amy Sapenter 3 0-0 8 Emma Magazu 2 1-1 5 Carolina Stubbs 0 0-2 0 Cyleigh Wilson 1 0-0 3 Carlie Smith 2 1-2 5 Shannon Kelleher 1 0-0 3 Rebecca Alicea 1 0-0 2 Juliette Cryder 1 0-0 2 Jack Matthews 1 1-2 3 Nicki DaPra 4 0-0 10 Shea Murphy 1 0-0 2 Julia Gerace 1 1-2 3. Totals. 22 7-13 58.

STRATFORD 4 8 7 11 — 30

NEWTOWN 25 11 11 9 — 58

3-pointers: S—Torreso 2, Anka 3, Carbone; N—Ca. Wilson 2, Sapenter, Cy. Wilson, Kelleher, DaPra 2.

BETHEL 43, POMPERAUG 37

POMPERAUG (9-5)

Alex Rafferty 2 1-2 7 Cara McGettigan1 4-4 6 Molly Flanagan 1 0-0 2 Sydney Lounsbury 0 1-2 1 Jada Stietzel 2 2-2 6 Maggie Lee 5 5-8 15. Totals: 17 13-18 37.

BETHEL (8-5)

Nataha Redmond 2 0-0 4 Vicky Gracy 1 6-14 8 Ruby Ackerman 0 3-4 3 Gabi Mendonca 1 0-0 3 Maranda Nyborg 7 11-15 25. Totals: 17 19-33 43.

BETHEL 12 11 11 8 — 43

POMPERAUG 9 12 6 10 — 37

3-pointers: B—Mendonca; P—Rafferty 2.

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