RHAM puts away Wilton to advance to quarterfinals
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Mar. 7, 2012
The RHAM girls’ basketball team faced off against Wilton for round two of the Class L tournament after earning a bye for round one. Wilton, with a 13-6 record and number 10 seed, defeated Foran in the first round. RHAM entered the contest on March 2 with a 15-5 record and a number 2 seed.
RHAM took an early lead, drawing ahead by a score of 7-2 early in the first quarter. But Wilton caught up, and it was back and forth for the remainder of the first half. A three-pointer by Cameron Rishell with less than a minute to go in the half earned RHAM an 18-17 lead. Sarah Veilleux went to the line with 27.7 seconds on the clock and threw two good free-throws. A two-pointer squeaked in before the buzzer by Wilton sent RHAM to the locker room ahead by a score of 20-19.
Rishell opened the third quarter with another three-pointer to give RHAM a 23-19 lead. From there, it was back and forth again throughout the second half. With 1:06 on the clock and a score of 45-41 RHAM, Wilton’s Alyssa Malvarosa went to the line. She missed her first shot but made her second, bringing her team within three points at 45-42. Brittney Lovett gave her team some breathing room when she went to the line with 41.1 seconds on the clock. She threw one good free throw, bringing RHAM’s lead to 46-42. A two-pointer from Wilton with 32 seconds on the clock had RHAM fans biting their fingernails. But when Cameron Rishell went to the line with 17.7 seconds left in the game, she dropped both her shots and sealed the win for RHAM. The final score was 48-44 RHAM, ending the season for Wilton and sending RHAM to the quarterfinals against number two-seeded Pomperaug (March 8, 7 p.m. at Pomperaug).