September 28, 2020

Remaining CIAC Basketball, Boys’ Swimming & Hockey Games Cancelled, Petition Urging CIAC to Reconsider Just Started

BREAKING NEWS: A petition has been started urging the CIAC to reconsider its decision to cancel allfurther tournament games this season and consider a compromise of playing the games in front of a limited audience and live-streamed.

The petition states in part, Therefore, just as many schools’ classes are moving to an online format, signers of this petition would like to come to a compromise with the CIAC, to allow the continuation of the state tournament with a restricted spectator audience, with the condition that games are live streamed on the internet. We understand that the tournaments are unable to carry on as normal in previous years, and postponing would be a scheduling nightmare, and for that reason we would like to compromise with the committee. 

Details of the petition and how to sign it are at this link.

CHESHIRE – In an unprecedented decision in the history of state high school sports, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is canceling the remainder of the state boys basketball, girls basketball, boys ice hockey and boys swimming tournament due to the growing coronavirus issue.

The decision was announced at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Glenn Lungarini, the executive director of the CIAC, said …

Read the full article titled, In unprecedented move, CIAC cancels remaining winter state tournaments over coronavirus concerns, at the link given, The article was published earlier today on

After winning the Shoreline Championship, the Old Lyme boys, who were last year’s CIAC Division V losing finalists, were scheduled to play in the second round of this year’s CIAC tournament tomorrow against Stafford.  As top seeds in the tournament, Old Lyme received a bye in the first round.

The Old Lyme girls were scheduled to play a quarter-final game in the CIAC Class S tournament against East Hampton on Thursday, March 12.


Old Lyme Girls Fly into State Quarterfinals with 61-22 Win Over Aerospace

Old Lyme and Aerospace team members chase after a loose ball in action from Friday’s second round game in the CIAC Class S championship. Photos by S. Thompson.

OLD LYME –UPDATED March 8 with additional statistics and photos On Friday evening, the Old Lyme girls basketball team (#8) cruised past 9th seeded Aerospace and into the  quarter-finals of  the CIAC Class S State Tournament with a convincing 61-22 win.

The girls will now meet top seeds East Hampton on the latter’s home court on Thursday, March 12.

Coach Don Bugbee (Kneeling) sets strategy with his team during a time-out from Friday evening’s game.

Junior Sam Gray was the game’s top scorer with  21 points (including five three-point baskets), four rebounds and three steals while sophomore Megan Loflin  nabbed 12 points  along with eight rebounds.

Freshman Alexis Fenton, pictured at right of Coach Bugbee in photo above, made a notable contribution with six points (including two three-point baskets), three steals and four assists.

Coach Don Bugbee commented that it was, “A solid team effort from start to finish on both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game. They moved, shared and shot the ball very well.”

He added, “Scoring 61 points, including eight three-point shots, 15 two-point shots and making seven out of 10 shots from the foul line made them a very tough match-up for Aerospace.”


Old Lyme Boys Crush Cromwell, Advance to Tonight’s SLC Final v Morgan; Girls Defeat Gilbert, Move on to Friday’s State Tourney 2nd Round

Aedan Using (#33) scored a game-high 27 points in Tuesday night’s semifinal against Cromwell. Old Lyme won the game and now meet Morgan in Thursday’s final. File photo by C. Using.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys avenged their overtime loss to Cromwell in last year’s Shoreline Conference final by soundly defeating Cromwell 54-34 Tuesday night to advance to Thursday’s Shoreline Championship final against Morgan. Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Polson Middle School in Madison. The game against Cromwell was played in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) gym.

After trailing by one point at the half, Old Lyme outscored Cromwell 29 to 8 in the second half.

Aiden Using led the Wildcat scoring with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Ty Dean contributed nine points to the victory and Jared Ritchie eight.

Coach Kirk Kaczor told LymeLine, “The difference in the second half was our defense. Brady Sheffield and Ray Doll sat [on the bench] most of the second quarter with foul trouble.  When they came back in, that gave us a big lift.”

Kaczor continued enthusuastically, “We’re excited to go back to the finals.”

In the first round of the CIAC Class S Girl’s tournament, in a game played immediately prior to the boy’s game, eighth-seeded Old Lyme defeated Gilbert (seeded 25th) 46-32 to advance to a second round game against Aerospace to be played on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the LOLHS gym.

Highlights from the game were Junior Sam Gray scoring 20 points, taking 10 rebounds and three steals, and making two blocks while Junior Emily DeRoehn scored seven points, took eight rebounds and five steals, and made two blocks. Senior Taylor Thompson added seven points with eight rebounds and one block.

Coach Don Bugbee commented after the game to LymeLine, “It was a solid team performance, especially defensively, and this was the difference in this game.” He added, “Tournament time is the time for minimal mistakes and you need contributions from everyone to advance from each round of games. Each possession is valuable and all of the little things you can do to contribute add up and put you in the best position to win a game.”

As always, we wish both teams the best of luck in their upcoming games and say with vigor, “Go Wildcats!”


Old Lyme Girls Gray, DeRoehn, Thompson Receive All-Shoreline Honors

Players receiving All-Shoreline honors from the Old Lyme girl’s basketball team were Sam Gray (third from right–First Team), Emily DeRoehn (extreme right–Second Team}, and the lone senior on the team, Taylor Thompson (being held), who was awarded an Honorable mention.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Girls start Class S tournament play today in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym when they face Gilbert with a 5 p.m. tip-off.

In the recently announced Shoreline Conference Girl’s Basketball honors, Junior Sam Gray was named to the First Team All Shoreline, Junior Emily DeRoehn to the Second Team and Senior Taylor Thompson was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Coach Don Bugbee told LymeLine, “My congratulations go out to them all.”



Using Named Shoreline Conference Player of the Year, Sheffield, Doll, Ritchie Also All Honored

Aedan Using, who has been named Shoreline Conference Player of the Year, gives his mom, Carina Using, a hug on Senior Night at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

LYME-OLD LYME — Yesterday Lyme-Old Lyme’s lead scorer and “Big Man” (6 ft. 5 in.) senior Aedan Using was unanimously selected as the Shoreline Conference Player of the Year.

Last season he was named to the CIAC Division V All-State First Team and next fall will play basketball at Brandeis University.

Also, Using’s team mates and fellow Seniors Brady Sheffield and Ray Doll were named to the First and Second Conference teams respectively, while Senior Jared Ritchie received an Honorable Mention.

A delighted coach Kirk Kaczor commented to LymeLine, “It’s the first time we’ve ever had that many kids honored.”

This evening at 7:30 p.m. top seeds Old Lyme face Cromwell, seeded fifth, in a Shoreline Conference Championship semifinal to be playd in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym. The match-up is a repeat of last year’s hard-fought Conference final, which Old Lyme ultimately lost in overtime.

Asked for his thoughts on the upcoming game, Kaczor commented, “We’ve got a great opportunity Tuesday to play a very good Cromwell team.  It gives us a chance to get to the finals [this year] where we lost to them a year ago.”

The other semifinal is between second-seeded Valley and third seeds Morgan.


Old Lyme Sail Into Semis With Convincing Win Over Westbrook, Now Face Cromwell on Tuesday

File photo by C. Using.

OLD LYME — We have received a correction to the time of Old Lyme’s game on Tuesday, March 3 (see comment below — many thanks to Jocelyn Jenik.) It will now start at 7:30 p.m. in the LOLHS gymnasium.

Top-seeded Old Lyme soundly defeated eighth-seeded Westbrook 72-53 in their quarter-final game of the boy’s Shoreline Conference Saturday afternoon. The game was played in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) gymnasium.

Coach Kirk Kaczor told LymeLine by email, “We started the game on a 17 to 0 run,” adding that, “Aedan Using had 27 points, Jared Richie 11, and Ray Doll 10 points.” Meanwhile, Brady Sheffield notched six assists.

Results from the other play-off games this afternoon were:
Cromwell (#5) defeated East Hampton (#4) 46-33
Morgan (#3) defeated Hale-Ray (#6) 82-73
Valley Regional (#2) defeated Haddam-Killingworth (#7) 58-47

Old Lyme will meet Cromwell in the semifinals on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the LOLHS gym. In the other semifinal, Morgan will play Valley also on Tuesday at Valley Regional HS.

The final is scheduled Thursday at Polson Middle School, Madison with a 7 p.m. tip-off.


UPDATE: Old Lyme Defeats Westbrook 72-53, Shoreline Conference Play-Offs Start This Afternoon

The Wildcats will be looking to leading scorer Aedan Using (center) to leap high again for them against Westbrook this afternoon. Photo by C. Using.

Top seeded Old Lyme meet Westbrook (#8) in their quarter-final game of the boy’s Shoreline Conference at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The game will be played in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gymnasium.

The other play-off games this afternoon are:
Cromwell (#5) at East Hampton (#4), 2 p.m.
Hale-Ray (#6) at Morgan (#3), 6 p.m.
Haddam-Killingworth (#7) at Valley Regional (#2), 4 p.m.

The semifinals will be played Tuesday at the higher seed’s home court.

The final is scheduled Thursday at Polson Middle School, Madison with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Read a commentary on the Wildcats chances in the Conference at this link, Old Lyme Heavy Favorite To Win Shoreline Title.



Old Lyme Boys End Regular Season at Top of Shoreline; Now Onto Conference, State Championships as #1 Seed

Pictured above is the top scorer in yesterday’s Shoreline Conference game against Morgan, Old Lyme Senior Aedan Using. File photo by C. Using.

OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Morgan 67-50 last night Old Lyme to nab the top place in the Shoreline Conference at the end of the regular season. They now enter both the Shoreline and the CIAC State Division V Championships as the top seed.

Wildcat Senior Ray Doll drained 20 points in yesterday’s game against Morgan HS. File photo by C. Using.

In yesterday evening’s game played away at Morgan, Senior Aedan Using had 22 points,12 rebounds and eight assists while fellow seniors Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie notched 20 and 12 points respectively. Senior Brady Sheffield grabbed nine steals and also had six assists.

Jason Cohen led Morgan with 17 points.

Old Lyme Girls Face East Hampton Tonight in Shoreline Semifinal

This evening, in their game against east hampton, the Old Lyme girls basketball team will be looking to advance to Friday’s Shoreline final

After defeating Coginchaug 47-40 in the Shoreline Conference quarter-final played on Saturday at Coginchaug, Don Bugbee’s Old Lyme girls return again to Coginchaug this evening to face East Hampton in their Shoreline semifinal game. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Bugbee commented after Saturday’s game, “The girls played extremely well in this game and avenged a 27 point loss to Coginchaug earlier in the season. “Team defense was the key and we had contributions from everyone throughout the game. I couldn’t be happier for them and as always, I consider it a privilege to be their Coach.”

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Bugbee said, “East Hampton is a very formidable opponent with a current record of 20-1. If the Girls play with the intensity shown in the Coginchaug game, adding, “I like our chances to come away with a win. It should prove to be a very good and competitive high school game.”

Go Wildcats!


Old Lyme Boys Crush Portland 66-49

OLD LYME — Playing Friday night on their home court , the Old Lyme Varsity boy’s basketball team soundly defeated Portland 66-49.
Aedan Using led the Wildcats with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists while Ray Doll added 14 points and three steals. Jared Ritchie scored 13 points and had two steals, Brady Sheffield had eight assists, and Ty Dean and John Almy added nine points each.
Mason Piersal was the leading scorer for Portland with 14.



Old Lyme Girls Lose to Fitch, But Defeat Amistad by One Point in OT Nail-Biter

OLD LYME — Last Friday, Feb. 14, the Old Lyme girls lost 37-48 to Fitch (who play in Class L) at Old Lyme. Coach Don Bugbee commented, “We had a sub-par first half against a very good Fitch team,” continuing, “We re-grouped and played them even in the second half, but obviously couldn’t overcome the first half deficit.”

Highlights of the game were 14 points by Junior Sam Gray and 11 rebounds by Senior Taylor Thompson.

The loss took Old Lyme’s record to 11-7.

The same night, the Old Lyme Junior Varsity (JV) team defeated Fitch 54-18, bringing their record to an exceptional 16-1. Freshman Alexis Fenton led the team in scoring with 21 points.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the girls faced Amistad, who play in Class MM, at Old Lyme.  In an overtime thriller, the Wildcats won by a single point (44-43) taking their record to 12-7. Coach Bugbee said it was, “A very physical game for sure, especially in the second half and overtime. The Old Lyme Girls played tough throughout the game and came away with a great win.”

Junior Sam Gray led the scoring with 21 points, five rebounds and two steals while Junior Emily DeRoehn netted 14 points and took five rebounds and two steals. Senior Taylor Thompson added six points, 10 rebounds and made six blocks.

Old Lyme’s record advanced to 12-7.

The JV Team won their game 69-39, improving their record to 17-1. Freshman Hayley Cann led the team in scoring with 20 points, followed by Sophomores Ali Kyle and Maddie Thompson with 15 and 14 points respectively. Freshman Alexis Fenton added 13 points.

The Shoreline Tournament starts Saturday, Feb. 22. Game time and opponent to be determined.


Old Lyme Boys Defeat Hale-Ray, Bounce Into GameTimeCT Top 10 for First Time

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys won again Tuesday night defeating Hale Ray 71-55.  Perhaps more significantly in this extraordinary season they entered the GameTimeCT Top 10 teams in the 10th spot.

In an article published on Monday, Feb. 17, Joe Morelli said, “Old Lyme makes its first appearance of the season in the top 10 after a pair of quality non-conference victories last week: at Amistad and in double overtime against Glastonbury at home.  The Wildcats have lost just one game, at Waterford in double overtime.”

Thus far, the Wildcats have lived up to their preseason billing as the favorite in the Shoreline Conference. Old Lyme reached …” Read the full article at the link above.

In Tuesday night’s game, Old Lyme was led again by Aedan Using who had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Ray Doll who contributed 11 points, five assists and four steals.  Jared Ritchie added 14 points.
Zak Cunningham led Hale Ray with 12 points.
Old Lyme is now 13-0 in the Shoreline Conference and 16-1 overall in the season.

Old Lyme Boys Defeat Glastonbury with Last Minute Basket in Double OT Thriller

Aedan Using (#33) was Old Lyme’s top scorer in Saturday night’s non-conference game against Glastonbury. File photo.

LYME-OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys’ basketball team held on to a hard-fought, double overtime 70-68 victory over Glastonbury in a non-Conference game played Saturday night on their home court.

Leading Old Lyme’s scoring was Aedan Using with 27 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.  Other top scorers for the Wildcats were Jared Ritchie with 14, Brady Sheffield with 12, and Ray Doll with 11.

Glastonbury hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left, which Old Lyme failed to answer, to equalize with the Wildcats and force the first overtime.  At the end of the first overtime, Glastonbury’s Dave Tosatti hit a three-pointer with seven seconds on the clock to force the second OT.

But in the second OT, Old Lyme’s Aedan Using found a cutting Jacob Ritchie, who made a basket with just 20 seconds remaining that turned out to be the game winner.

Old Lyme is currently 13-1 in the Shoreline Conference and 15-1 in the season.

In previous games:

Feb. 12

Old Lyme beat Amistad 57-56. Leading Old Lyme was Aedan Using with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Also contributing were Brady Sheffield with 11, Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie each chipped in 10.
Amistad was led by Bordeaux who scored 12 points.
Feb. 8

Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 72-44.  Ray Doll led all scorers with 18.  Brady Sheffield and Aedan Using each had 12 while Jared Ritchie notched 10. Aedan Using also had nine rebounds and five assists.

Mike Almada led OS with 22 points.

Feb. 4

Old Lyme beat Westbrook 98-50. Leading Old Lyme was Aeden Using with 29 points and Jared Richie with 18 points. Brady Sheffield added 14 points.

Westbrook were led by Joey Caslin, who had 14 points, and Brenden Engles with 13.


Girls’ Basketball: ‘Cats Lose to Morgan But Defeat H-K

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Varsity girls played what coach Don Bugbee called a, “physically tough” game Saturday (Feb. 8) and came away with a 38-32 loss but it was by no means an embarrassing one. The low score hints at the demanding nature of the contest causing Bugbee to conclude, “We’ll learn from our shortcomings and get better as a result.”

Junior Sam Gray scored eight points and nabbed five rebounds, while fellow Junior Grace Lathrop added six points and five rebounds. Senior Taylor Thompson also scored six pooints with six rebounds and Junior Ellie Zrenda contributed the same number of points and rebounds as Thompson.

Old Lyme’s record stood at 10-6 at the end of that game.

The Junior Varsity girls, who are having an exceptional season, took their record to 14-1 with a resounding 52-16 victory over Morgan. Sophomore Ali Kyle led the team’s scoring with 15 points followed by Freshman Hayley Cann with 12 and Sophomore Marina Saia Lloret with nine points.

Tuesday (Feb. 11) brought the Haddam-Killingworth girls down to Old Lyme but H-K went home with a bitter 34-54 loss allowing the Wildcats to take their record to 11-6.  Bugbee described it as, “A very solid team effort both offensively and defensively throughout the game,” adding, “Contributions in all aspects of the game coming from everyone made us a difficult opponent for sure.”

Junior Sam Gray scored 14 points while fellow Junior Emily DeRoehn also scored 14 with 10 rebounds and three steals. Junior Ellie Zrenda notched nine points, four rebounds and three steals.

The JV team continued their extraordinary march with a 42-24 win over H-K taking their record to a remarkable 15-1.
Freshman Hayley Cann scored 16 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton added 13.

On Friday, Feb. 14, Old Lyme take on Fitch at 5:30 p.m. (JV) and 7 p.m. This home game for Old Lyme will also be Senior Night at which the team’s sole Senior, Taylor Thompson and her parents will be honored.


Old Lyme Basketball Girls Claim Another Victory, This Time Over Old Saybrook

OLD LYME — Last Thursday, Feb. 6, saw Don Bugbee’s girls, who were playing on their home court, soundly defeat Shoreline rivals Old Saybrook 49-35, taking the Wildcats’ record for the season to 10-5.

A delighted Bugbee described the critical part of the game as the third quarter when he said that the team gave, “A very strong performance outscoring the Rams 20-9,” noting that was, “The difference in the game for sure.” He added that the Wildcats had offered, “a solid team defense,” noting that, “Scoring 20 points in a quarter is a difficult match-up for any team to overcome.”

Game highlights included junior Sam Gray scoring 19 points with five rebounds and three steals while Junior Emily DeRoehn added nine points, nine rebounds and six steals. Senior Taylor Thompson contributed seven points, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Junior Varsity team also won the same evening crushing Old Saybrook 48-15 and thus taking their record to a remarkable 13-1. Freshman Hayley Cann scored an outstanding 20 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton notched 13 and Sophomore Maddie Thompson added nine points.

Old Lyme Basketball Girls Play Two, Win Two

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls enjoyed back-to-back wins on the road, Feb. 1 and 3.

Last Saturday, Feb. 1, the girls defeated North Branford 47-21 in what coach Don Bugbee described as “probably the best team effort of the season.” Noting that the girls were “regrouping after two straight losses,” he commented, “Contributions from 10 players, especially on the defensive aspect of the game, made them a very difficult match-up for North Branford.”

Highlights of the game included Junior Emily DeRoehn scoring 12 points, while taking nine rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Sophmore Megan Loflin added 12 points with five rebounds and Junior Sam Gray scored eight points, with five rebounds and three steals.

This game took the Wildcats record to 8-5.

Additionally, the Junior Varsity (JV) girls won their game 49-25, bringing their record to 11-1. Freshman Hayley Cann had 16 points and Sophmore McLean Signora added 15.

On Monday, Old Lyme continued their winning streak beating Westbrook away 54-31.  Bugbee told LymeLine, “It was a very good team effort for the second straight game, which put us in control throughout the contest.” He added, “Contributions from 10 players, both defensively and offensively, were the key to this success.” Top scorer was junior Sam Gray, who scored 19 points and took eight rebounds.

The Wildcats are now 9-5.

The JV girls won their game 50-12, bringing their record to 12-1. Leading the team in scoring were freshman Hayley Cann with 11 points, sophomores Melanie Warren and Maddie Thompson with 10 and 9 points respectively, and freshman Alexis Fenton with nine.

Old Lyme, playing at home, meets Old Saybrook tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, and then faces Morgan at Clinton on Saturday, Feb. 8.


Old Lyme Boys Continue their Winning Ways with Victory over East Hampton

LYME-OLD LYME — Kirk Kaczor’s boys continued their extraordinarily successful run this season taking their record to 11-1 with yet another win last night, this time over East Hampton.

Old Lyme outlasted the Bellringers 65-51.  Leading the Wildcats were the duo of Aedan Using and Jared Ritchie, who scored 21 and 20 points respectively. Brady Sheffield chipped in with 11.  Using also had 17 rebounds and five blocks, while Ray Doll notched six assists.

Tye Lynch and Stephen Brady scored 16 and 14 points respectively for East Hampton.


Old Lyme Basketball: Boys Win, Girls Lose

LYME-OLD LYME — In Monday evening’s games, the boys beat Coginchaug 80-39 in a Shoreline Conference game at Old Lyme.  The girls meanwhile traveled to Durham where they lost to Coginchaug 58-31.
Leading Old Lyme scoring for the boys was Aedan Using with 25 points, six assists, and eight rebounds.  Ray Doll scored 10 points and Brady Sheffield added eight points and seven assists.
Justin Penney and Chris Onofrio scored eight points each for Coginchaug.
The Old Lyme boys current record is 10-1.

Meanwhile, the girls coach Don Bugbee commented after his team’s loss, “We ran into a very good Coginchaug team on a night when we didn’t perform to our ability. We were overmatched from the start, but will learn from it and get better as a result of it.” He noted that the Wildvat’s top scorer was Emily DeRoehn with 14 points.  The girls current record is 7-4.

Bugbee added that a highlight of the evening was the Old Lyme Junior Varsity (JV) girls winning their game against Coginchaug 30-28. in a thrilling finish, Alexis Fenton made two foul shots with three seconds left to give the ‘Cats the win.

Hayley Cann finished with12 points. The current JV record is 9-1.

Upcoming games for both teams are :

Thursday, Jan. 30:  OL girls at East Hampton

Friday, Jan. 31: OL Boys v. East Hampton at home

Saturday,  Feb. 1:  OL girls  at North Branford

Tuesday, Feb. 4: OL Boys v. Westbrook at home


Old Lyme Boys, Girls Net More Wins

LYME/OLD LYME — It was another great night for Old Lyme basketball.

The Old Lyme girls crushed St. Bernard 40-20 in an non-conference game yesterday evening in which Taylor Thompson scored 10 points and six rebounds while Sam Gray also notched 10 points as well as four steals. Emily DeRoehn contributed eight points with four rebounds  and three steals.

The game, played in Old Lyme, takes the Wildcats’ record to 7 -3.

Coach Don Bugbee commented after the game, “The girls played very well overall, with contributions from everyone. Our team defense was excellent and it made things very difficult for our opponent.”

The girls play Coginchaug Monday, Jan. 27, and East Hampton Thursday, Jan. 30. Both games are away.

Meanwhile, the Old Lyme boys defeated Hale Ray 92-63.  The Wildcats, playing away, were led by Aedan Using with 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.  Also scoring for Old Lyme was Ray Doll with 17 points, Ty Dean with 11, and Jared Ritchie and Frank Sablone, who both scored 10 points.each with 10.

Hale-Ray was led by Sean Padario, who had six threes and 20 points.

The boys play two home games next week facing Coginchaug Tuesday and East Hampton Friday.


Old Lyme Basketball Boys, Girls Score Big Wins Over North Branford

Aedan Using scored a remarkable 36 points againt North Branford Tuesday night. File photo.

LYME/OLD LYME  — Last night was a very good night for Old Lyme’s basketball teams.

Don Bugbee’s girls defeated the North Branford Thunderbirds at Old Lyme last night finishing with 53-47 victory. Meanwhile Kirk Kaczor’s boys traveled to North Branford and came away with a 70-51 win.

Highlights from the girl’s game included Junior Sam Gray’s 20 points and four rebounds while fellow Junior Emily DeRoehn scored 12 points and took five rebounds. Another Junior Ellis Zrenda took 12 rebounds.

Bugbee commented after the game, “This was a solid team effort given to defeat an aggressive and physical opponent. There was clear improvement in our play, which progressively developed each quarter throughout the game,” adding, “The difference in the game proved to be very good foul shooting by the whole team”.

Down at North Branford, Old Lyme defeated North Branford 70-51.  Aedan Using led the Wildcats with 36 points, 10 blocks and 14 rebounds.  Jared Ritchie added five blocks and four steals while Ray Doll scored 10 points.

Mike Sitro led the Thunderbirds with 26 points.

Next up for the girls is St. Bernard at Old Lyme on Thursday while the boys travel to Hale-Ray the same night.

The girls record is 6-3 while the boys stand at 8-1.