Girls basketball: Hand survives against Sheehan

WALLINGFORD >> After Hand survived 55-53 over Sheehan in a back and forth Southern Connecticut Conference interdivisional game in Wallingford on Friday night, Tigers coach Tim Tredwell was trying to get his team to the bus ASAP.

“We’re going to get out of here as fast as we can,” he said, smiling.

After a Hand missed free throw, Sheehan’s Katie Read’s potential game-winning 3-pointer bounced off the back iron as time expired and secured the win for Hand. Sheehan coach Mike Busillo said it was the shot the Titans wanted.

“We can’t ask for a better look,” he said. “Katie knocked one down early in the season against Ellington, tonight it didn’t go in. That’s the way the game is played sometimes, there’s nothing you can do.”

With the win, Hand improved to 10-4 overall and pushed its current winning streak to five games. The last time the Tigers lost was a 39-36 loss to 12-1 Amity.

Meanwhile the Titans saw their three-game winning streak come to a close and are still trying to pick up win No. 8 at 7-7. Sheehan plays at 0-11 West Haven next Tuesday.

Gege Catalano (12 points), Lily Taylor (11 points and three 3-pointers) and Cassidy Wygonik (seven points) paced the Tigers who jumped out to what would seem to be a commanding 11-2 lead.

“It felt like 100-2,” Busillo said.

However, Sheehan came charging back thanks to Olivia Collette (24 points), Joelle MarkAnthony (12 points) and Julie Franzik (eight points) and eventually jumped out to a five-point lead late in the third.

Taylor stopped the Titans’ momentum with two triples late in the quarter and Gillian Kraemer nailed a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to put the Tigers back out in front 43-40 going to the fourth.

“Whenever we get a three or any big shot it brings us up immediately,” Taylor said. “It got us more pumped and focused on the game.”

Things didn’t get better for Sheehan as leading scorer MarkAnthony fouled out with four minutes left in the game.

Hand never trailed in the fourth and got a little help from the basketball gods on the last Sheehan possession.

Now, they’re just focused on getting home to get ready for the next one.

“Branford on Tuesday,” Tredwell said. “That’s our focus now.”

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