WILTON, Conn. The Wilton High girls basketball team continues to thrive in the fourth quarter of games even if head coach Jaclyn Woitkowski says the girls dramatics are going to give her a heart attack.
The Warriors opened the fourth on a 6-0 run to erase a five-point deficit and hung on in a back-and-forth final frame to edge Norwalk, 48-40, snapping the Bears eight-game win streak.
I dont want to take away from the win because its a big win, but Im exhausted watching them be inconsistent, Woitkowski said. Sometimes as a coach I dont even know what else to say. But I never doubt my girls and the continue to work hard.
After a dismal third quarter that saw the Warriors outscored 16-6, Wilton came out re-energized for the fourth. Casey Pearsall and Alyssa Malvarossa erased Norwalks 34-29 lead within the first two minutes of the final quarter. The duo lit it up in the fourth, combining for 13 points down the stretch. Wilton finished the game on a 19-6 run.
I think from the whistle for the fourth quarter we came out fast and finished, Pearsall said. Norwalk is very quick and athletic and thought they had us there for a minute. It was kind of scary, but we pulled through.
Emma Oyomba gave the lead back to Norwalk twice, capping a huge 19-point effort for the Bears. But Wilton was able to get to the foul line and take advantage of its chances, going 7-for-11 in free throws in the fourth.
Wilton freshman Haley English was nearly perfect from the line, going 7-for-8 in free throws on the game. She sank a pair in the fourth to put the game out of reach for Norwalk.
I really dont practice my free throws more than anything else. It just worked tonight, English said. Im really pleased coach gives me the chance to go in there and do what I have to do.
Maddy Fulton led the Warriors again in scoring and rebounds, netting a team-high 12 points and six rebounds. Seven different Warriors got onto the scorecard on the evening.
With the win, Wilton (8-3) has locked up a state playoff berth at the earliest point in any season since 2005. The Warriors host Brien McMahon on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.
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