WOODBRIDGE — With just under 2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the always teaching Michelle Martinik allowed herself a brief smile.
With a 30-point lead, Martinik and her Amity girls’ basketball team could count down the minutes to their 15th straight victory.
Led by a 19-3 second quarter run, Amity improved to 16-1 with a 54-38 victory over Cheshire in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division battle at Amity High Friday night.
The margin of victory served as no indication of how dominant Amity was from start to finish as the Spartans never trailed in the game and led by 27 points before everyone got involved in the fourth quarter.
“The girls have really worked hard all season,” Martinik said. “We always want to play better than our last game and we want to practice better than the day before.”
Martinik has plenty of reason to smile.
Not only does she have nine seniors on the roster, but the Spartans always seem to have plenty of different options to go to on the floor.
“Girls’ high school basketball is all about match ups,” Martinik said. “We have talented girls with a high basketball I.Q. It is hard for teams to match up with us.”
The Spartans had nine players in the scoring column and were led by Mikaila Schmitt’s 19 points. Schmitt was at her best in the second quarter when she scored 11 points as part of the 19-3 run.
Schmitt’s initial basket of the quarter increased Amity’s lead to 19-8. Schmitt was just warming up as she swung the game completely in Amity’s favor, scoring eight of the team’s final 10 points in the quarter to extend Amity’s lead to 34-11with 1 minute, 19 seconds remaining in the first half.
“We have nine seniors on the team,” Schmitt said. “We are comfortable with each other. Every girl has an opportunity to score. It is so unique. It is hard for teams to guard us.”
Baskets by Molly Ronan and Schmitt opened the second half for Amity with a 39-13 advantage.
Cheshire (10-8) got as close as 24 points on a basket by Jill Howard, but the Spartans were not to be denied.
“Against a quality team, you can’t dig yourselves a hole,” Cheshire coach Sarah Mik said. “Once we settled down, it was a different game. We can learn from any game. The effort was there. The shots did not fall.”
The slow start Mik referred to came in the first half. Amity’s Elise Graham put her team up 4-0 with two straight buckets, then coupled with Schmitt for an 8-1 advantage.
The Rams connected on just two field goals in the first quarter as the first by Howard cut Amity’s lead to 10-4 and Kya O’Donnell’s bucket sent Amity to the end of the quarter with a 15-8 lead.
“We are in the middle of the pack,” Mik said. “We have two games left. We still have a shot at a home seed. That is a little incentive. Our goal is to keep playing.”
The Spartans put the game away in the second quarter as baskets by Janae Graham, Schmitt, Elise Graham and Ronan gave Amity a 23-8 advantage.
“I feel like we are getting better every day at practice,” Schmitt said.
The Rams controlled play in the fourth quarter. Missy Bailey, who finished with a team-high 12 points, got Cheshire within 52-30, before the Rams needed a 3-pointer by Bailey and buckets by Kelly Glatt and another by Maria Parenteau for a 54-38 final.
In addition to Schmitt’s 19 points, Elise Graham had 12 points and Janae Graham added six in the win.