UPDATE, Saturday, Feb. 22 — Newtown completed a 57-25 victory over New Milford Saturday morning at the Newtown Youth Academy. Carlie Smith finished with 13 points to lead Newtown. Newtown advances to face No. 6 New Fairfield in the semifinals on Monday, 7 p.m. at Newtown. BRACKET
NEWTOWN — You have heard of a basketball player shooting the lights out, but Friday night in Newtown, the lights literally went out in the gym.
At halftime of the SWC quarterfinal matchup between No. 7 New Milford and No. 2 Newtown, all the lights in the gymnasium other than one emergency light, went off.
Newtown was leading 37-12 at the half.
The game is scheduled to be restarted Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Newtown Youth Academy at 4 Primrose St., just down the road from Newtown High.
Newtown is scheduled to host a different event Saturday morning in the high school gymnasium, leaving it unavailable for the conclusion of the quarterfinal.
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The winner will face the winner of Friday’s quarterfinal between No. 6 New Fairfield and No. 3 Pomperaug in the semifinals Monday at the home of the higher seed.
The cause of the failure, according to Newtown Police, was a transformer on fire down the road from the high school.
Power was out in the school, the parking lot and all the surrounding streets.
As players were being introduced pregame, half of the lights in the gym went out and the start of the game was delayed 10 minutes.
Both teams and the officials determined it was light enough to play and the first half was completed.
With the teams and officials in the locker rooms at halftime, the rest of the lights went out.
After 20 minutes conferring with school officials, custodians and police, it was decided to pick up the game Saturday.
Carlie Smith had 13 points for Newtown in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Shea Murphy added seven for the Nighthawks, the defending SWC champions.
Mackenzie Brady had six points on two 3s for New Milford.