The Wilton High School girls basketball team knew it was in for a tough matchup against third-seeded Torrington in the second round of the CIAC Class L state tournament . The Red Raiders proved to be too much for the Warriors to handle even after a promising start.
Wilton trailed 18-16 after the first quarter thanks to eight points in the frame by Maddy Fulton. Then Torrington's defense clamped down, and that was all she wrote. Wilton managed just two points in the second quarter as the 20-1 Red Raiders pulled away to eliminate the Warriors, 61-39.
Torrington went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter thanks to 15 Wilton turnovers. All-America candidate Sarah Royals, who led all scorers with 22 points, paced the Red Raiders.
Fulton and Casey Pearsall led the Warriors with 10 points each. Lone senior Margaret Smith added nine points, all from the three-point range.
Wilton (12-10) finished the season with a winning record for the first time since 2002-03 and has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The entirety of the Warriors' roster is expected to return next season except for Smith. It was Wilton's first state tournament appearance since 2005.
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