Greenwich continued to improve its position in the FCIAC standings with an exciting 56-55 win over host Wilton in a key FCIAC girls basketball matchup on Monday night.
The Cardinals, who raised their record to 12-5 overall, are 10-4 in FCIAC play, good for fifth place in the conference with three games remaining in the regular season. The top eight teams qualify for the FCIAC Tournament.
Greenwich led Wilton, 18-13, after the first quarter, 31-26 at halftime and 47-37 heading into the fourth quarter. Yet the Warriors cut into the Cardinals’ double-digit lead in the second half. The visiting Cardinals had two 13-point leads, before the Warriors stage a comeback.
Trailing 56-55 in the game’s final seconds, Wilton had possession and took the potential game-winning shot, but GHS senior forward Ciara Munnelly blocked the shot and the Cardinals pulled out the win.
“It was a great game, our post players did a great job for us inside,” Greenwich coach Chrys Hernandez said. “Ciara’s block saved the game.”
Freshman forward Mackenzie Nelson scored a game-high 21 points for Greenwich. Nelson provided clutch shooting from the foul line, converting eight of her 10 attempts.
Senior forward Julia Conforti scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Munnelly and sophomore forward Kelly Martyanov added seven points apiece in the winning effort.
Sophomore Leah Martins scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half for Wilton, which received 15 points from sophomore Ellie Copley.
Martins made two 3-pointers for the Warriors, who were also paced by senior Zoe Rappaport’s 13 points. Wilton is 10-7 overall and 7-6 in the FCIAC.
“Wilton did an amazing job on the offensive boards and shooting,” Hernandez said.
Munnelly registered seven rebounds, three steals and two assists and Martyanov pulled down six rebounds for the Cardinals — winners of four straight games.
Sophomore guard Kristin Riggs had three points and four assists, freshman guard Ava Sollenne added four points and senior guard Jordan Moses swished a 3-pointer for Greenwich.
Up next for the Cardinals is a game against Bridgeport Central on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.