July 16, 2019

Old Lyme Routs Morgan, Storms into Semifinal Against Somers Tonight

Aedan Using (#33) takes advice from Coach Kaczor during last night’s game. All photos by Emily Gerber Bjornberg.

Third-seeded Old Lyme romped to a 61-31 victory over #6 seeds Morgan last night in front of a boisterous, sold-out home crowd.  The Wildcats now go straight into a CIAC Division V semifinal match-up tomorrow with second-seeded Somers at Maloney High School in Meriden. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Top-scorer across both teams was Old Lyme junior Aedan Using with 22 points, while Brady Sheffield notched 17 points and Ray Doll 10 for the Wildcats.

Coach Kirk Kaczor told LymeLine by email, “I’m really happy with the way we played against Morgan.  We were able to avenge our only home loss this season.”

The Old Lyme gym was packed to capacity for the semifinal game.

He added, “Ray Doll did an excellent job running the point and getting the ball to Aedan Using and Brady Sheffield.  He really got us going (tonight). When our guards (Brady, Ray, and Quinn Romeo) are in attack mode, we are pretty good.”

Asked about tomorrow’s game, Kaczor said, “We are excited for the chance to play in the semifinal vs. Somers.  We know that only a few teams are left and are proud to be one of them.  My understanding is that Old Lyme has never been to the final so we want to change that.  We’ve been taking it one step at a time and we are thrilled with where we are now.”

The team receives some advice during a time-out.

The last time Old Lyme was in the semifinals was in 2013 when the team faced Capital Prep.  In a gritty game, despite taking the lead in the third quarter, sadly the ‘Cats failed to clinch victory that night.

The other semifinal will see top-seeded Innovation play Old Lyme’s Shoreline Conference rival and No. 5 seed Valley Regional also at 7 p.m. at Bulkeley High School in Hartford.

Go Wildcats!

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