WATERBURY - After a heart-breaking loss to Naugatuck in their previous game, the Watertown High School girls’ basketball team quickly put the disappointment in their rear-view mirror as they got back to their winning ways against Kennedy High School, outlasting the feisty Eagles, 44-40 on January 11.

Despite entering the game with an 0-4 record, Kennedy gave Watertown all it could handle from start-to-finish, making the locals earn their fourth victory in six games.

Casey O’Toole led Watertown, which took a 14-10 lead after the first quarter, with 18 points; Isabella Beauty continued her game-in, game-out steadiness with nine points.

Niyah Brown of Kennedy led all scorers with 24 points, but her efforts weren’t enough to prevent WHS from hanging on for an important road victory.

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Watertown 14 12 7 11  44

Kennedy    10 11 9 10  40

Kristina Kyle 1-4-6; Marissa Forino 1-1-3; Casey O’Toole 7-4-18; Alana Johnson 1-2-4; Sarah Krayeske 1-2-4; Francesca Guerrera 0-0-0; Ariellys Velez 0-0-0; Isabella Beauty 4-1-9. TOTALS: 15-14-44.

3-pt FG: None.

Two very good teams made for a very good game at the Cook Gym on the afternoon of January 8 when Watertown hosted Naugatuck High School in a key Iron Division game.

Trailing 18-10 after the first quarter but not deterred, WHS hung in and came all the way back, tying the game up at 46-all in the final minute.

Sophia DeFillipo, a junior who to that point had been held scoreless on the free throw line with 10 seconds remaining in regulation time, made one of two shots, and although she finished with only one point, it was the biggest one as Naugatuck held on for a 47-46 win which snapped Watertown’s three-game winning streak.

Sophomore Aryn Bomberry led the Greyhounds and all scorers with 25 points as NHS improved to 3-1.

For Watertown, which dropped to 3-2 overall, Marissa Forino led the way with 14 points while Isabella Beauty finished with nine.

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Naugatuck  18 8 10 11  47

Watertown  10 15 7 14  46

Kristina Kyle 1-3-5; Marissa Forino 4-5-14; Casey O’Toole 1-6-8; Alana Johnson 2-0-4; Francesca Guerrera 0-0-0; Ariellys Velez 3-2-8; Isabella Beauty 4-1-9. TOTALS: 14-17-46.

3-pt. FG: Forino.

BACK IN PLAY

Playing not only for the first time in 2022, but for the first time since December 21, Watertown showed that they hadn’t lost their edge during the prolonged break from game action when they faced Derby High School at the Cook Gym on January 6.

Rolling out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter, a margin that swelled to 35-10 at halftime, WHS rode a balanced scoring column to an easy 55-14 win which boosted their record to 3-1 while Derby, also plagued by gaps in their schedule, dropped to 0-3.

Ariellys Velez, the impressive newcomer, led all scorers with 11 points for coach Jason Hurdle’s team; addng 10 points apiece were Kristina Kyle and Marissa Forino while Isabella Beauty and Casey O’Toole contributed seven points apiece.

Kelseana McBroom led Derby with six points.

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Derby           5  3  4  2  14

Watertown 18 17 12 8  55

Kristina Kyle 5 0 10; Marissa Forino 4 0 10; Casey O’Toole 2-3-7; Alana Johnson 2-0-4; Sarah Krayeske 1-0-2; Francesca Guerrera 1-2-4; Ariellys Velez 5-0-11; Isabella Beauty 3-1-7. TOTALS: 23-6-55.

3-pt. FG: Forino, 2; Velez, 1.

STILL AHEAD/SUBJECT TO CHANGE:  WHS, which was scheduled to visit Seymour High School on January 11, hosts Wilby High School on Thursday, January 13 and Wolcott High School on Friday, January 14 before a road game at St. Paul Catholic in Bristol on Tuesday, January 18...All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.

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