WALLINGFORD >> With the chance to spoil Amity’s hopes of an outright Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division title and also end the rival Spartans’ 16-game winning streak, Lyman Hall was more than ready to play. However, that wasn’t the only thing motivating the Trojans, according to senior Taylor Mierzejewski.
“We practiced really hard every day and this was our chance to get back at them,” said the forward, whose team lost to Amity earlier this season.
Lyman Hall exacted its revenge and claimed a share of the SCC Housy title in the process with a 59-52 victory at home Tuesday.
The win pushes Lyman Hall to 16-3 and 7-1 in the division and drops Amity to 17-2 and 7-1 in the Housy as well. Spartans coach Michelle Martinik said her team is still focused on getting better.
“We take it one game at a time and we knew this game was going to be tough,” the coach said. “Coming to this gym is always rough for us and it’s a good game for us to learn from and get ready for the playoffs.”
And one bright spot for the Spartans was senior Chloe Brinton reaching the 1,000-point milestone on a 3-pointer in the third quarter.
“Chloe earned every point,” Martinik said. “She’s been a strong part of this program for four solid years.”
Brinton had 13 points, Mikaila Schmitt had nine points and Janae Graham, Elise Graham and Amanda Vecchio added eight points apiece to lead the Spartans.
Meanwhile, Lyman Hall was led by Krista Petersen’s 19 points, Nicole Mierzejewski and Naomi Rascati’s 12 points apiece and Taylor’s 11 points and three 3-pointers.
The Trojans had a much better offensive showing Tuesday then in their first meeting against Amity, a 37-35 loss in Woodbridge.Lyman Hall led for most of that 37-35 loss, much like it did in Tuesday’s victory. However, Lipka said the Trojans did a better job at staying out front.
“Having the lead the whole game really made the difference for us,” he said. “From the second quarter on, to control the game like that was huge for us.”
The Trojans held onto a six-point lead going into the fourth and opened it to nine at 45-36 before the Spartans stormed back. Amity used a 9-2 run to make it 47-45 before an out of bounds call, that initially went to Amity, was reversed and Taylor Mierjezewski nailed a triple that sparked a 12-6 run to clinch a share of the division, a far cry from the 1-20 season the Trojans had just two years ago.
“We knew that this year was going to be great,” Petersen said. “Because two years ago we were not good. We were building up towards this year and we’ve all grown up as players.”
Amity was in contention for a spot in the Top 10. After this loss that may change, however, should Lyman Hall get in?
All about Lyman Hall: They are riding a five-game winning streak. … They only loss to Mercy by five, the Tigers’ closest margin of victory all season. … The Trojans clinched a share of the toughest division in the SCC. … No team has defeated Lyman Hall by double-digits this season.