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South Central boys, Bellevue girls remain unbeaten

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 18, 2018 at 10:42 PM

CASTALIA — Margaretta led by seven points early in the fourth quarter before visiting Bellevue rallied to force overtime, where it outscored the Polar Bears 7-3 to secure a 58-54 win Tuesday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Margaretta.

Senior Payton Vogel led the Lady Red (6-0) with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She brought back Bellevue by scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime.

“It’s by far her best game of the season for us and she’s very capable of playing more games like this,” Bellevue coach Kory Santoro said.

“She took over that fourth quarter and hit a lot of big shots for us,” Bellevue coach Kory Santoro said.

Junior guard Casey Santoro added 18 points but took only three shots from the field (making one) in the second half after Margaretta applied a box-and-one zone that slowed down the Lady Red star.

Taylor Malson led the Polar Bears (6-1) with 19 points but was held to just two free throws in the fourth quarter and OT. Faythe Smetzer finished with 13 points and Jayden Moore grabbed 11 rebounds for Margaretta.

Vogel tied the game at 47-47 with a 3-pointer with 3:31 to play in the fourth quarter. Margaretta’s last lead was 51-49 on two Smetzer free throws with 2:27 to play in the fourth.

Casey Santoro got a good look at the end of regulation, but her shot rolled out, forcing four extra minutes.

All of Bellevue’s points in OT came from the free-throw line, the first four from Vogel to give the visitors a 55-51 lead. A three-point play by Moore made it 55-54, but Margaretta would not score again.

“To play in this environment with that many people in the stands, to play a good team like Margaretta, that’s playoff basketball,” Kory Santoro. “It doesn’t get any better than what we had tonight. Two communities that love their basketballs, two good teams going at it.”


Cory Santoro 5-0—10, Gabrielle Turner 2-1—5, Payton Vogel 6-7—21, Casey Santoro 6-3—17, McKenna Davis 2-0—4. TOTALS 21-11—58.


Kennedi Hilton 2 2—7, Taylor Malson 7 2—9, Faythe Smetzer 4 4—13, Elliana Schaefer 3 0—7, Jayden Moore 3 1—7, Rockell Kuns 0 2—2. TOTALS 19-11—51.

Bellevue 15 12 12 12 7 — 58

Margaretta 11 11 21 8 3 — 51

3-point FGs: (B) Ca. Santoro 3, Vogel 2; (M) Malson 3, Smetzer, Schaefer


New London 48, Mans. St. Peter’s 33

NEW LONDON — The Wildcats improved to 2-4 overall with Tuesday’s non-league win over the visiting Spartans.

Leading 13-9 in the second quarter, New London went on a 9-0 scoring run to open up some separation with a 22-11 halftime lead. Three-pointers by Kiaya Thierry and Kelsey Boswell highlighted the run.

For the game, Gabby Ledbetter led the ‘Cats with 19 points, with Thierry scoring 18.

New London hosts St. Paul on Thursday in FC action.


Julia Rizzo 3-0—7; Sophia Tridico 2-2—6; Danielle Powell 1-0—3; Jersey Heffley 2-2—6; Aliya Mitchell 2-2—6; Ahmani Mitchell 0-1—1; Sydney Cavanaugh 1-2—4. TOTALS 11-9—33.


Kora Schmidt 1-0—2; Lexi Duggar 1-1—3; Kiaya Thierry 7-0—18; Kelsey Boswell 2-0—6; Gabby Ledbetter 8-3—19. TOTALS 19-4—48.

St. Peter’s 4 7 11 11 — 33

New London 5 17 15 11 — 48

3-point FGs: (MSP) Rizzo; Powell; (NL) Thierry 4, Boswell 2



South Central 57, Lucas 51

GREENWICH — The South Central boys basketball team used a big second quarter and held off visiting Lucas down the stretch in an early season battle of unbeatens on Tuesday in non-league action.

The Trojans improved to 6-0 overall with the 57-51 win over the Cubs, who fell to 4-1.

In the win, Simon Blair poured in a game-high 25 points with six steals and four rebounds for South Central. Alex Holland added 12 points and 11 rbounds, while Isaiah Seidel added nine points and five rebounds.

Also for the Trojans, who host Plymouth on Friday in a Firelands Conference game, David Lamoreaux had six points and six rebounds.

LUCAS (4-1)

Hauger 1-1—3; Sauder 2-0—6; Gossum 3-4—10; Grover 1-0—3; Wallace 4-0—8; Niswander 8-3—21. TOTALS 19-8—51.


Simon Blair 7-10—25; Alex Holland 5-1—12; David Lamoreaux 3-0—6; Isaiah Seidel 3-2—9; Evan Legg 2-0—5. TOTALS 20-13—57.

Lucas       17  8 10 16 — 51

S. Central 13 19 6 19 — 57

3-point FGs: (L) Sauder 2, Niswander 2, Grover; (SC) Blair, Holland, Seidel, Legg

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