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Newtown High School's girls' and boys' basketball teams defeated New Fairfield on February 1. The girls posted a 43-38 victory at home, and the boys won 60-47 on the road.

The girls were led by Rylee Mulligan with 17 points. Cailin Wilson and Nicki DaPra added 11 and 10, respectively; and DaPra drained a pair of 3-pointers. Olyvia Shaw pulled down 10 rebounds for Newtown.

The Rebels led 13-9 after one quarter of play, and the Nighthawks went up 22-18 at halftime. New Fairfield pulled back in front, 29-28 after three. The game was even at 37-37 heading into the four-minute OT. Newtown held New Fairfield to just a free throw in the extra stanza.

"Rylee Mulligan controlled the tempo and we had a great team effort defensively with multiple people hitting big shots," said Newtown Coach Jeremy O'Connell, adding that Alison Kelleher and Jackie Matthews were solid defensively.

The NHS girls improved to 12-4 overall, and 7-2 in South-West Conference play; the Rebels fell to 13-3 and 6-3.

On the boys' hardwood, the Nighthawks led just 6-5 after the first quarter, and scored 23 in the second to build a 29-18 halftime lead.

Derek Ivey led the Hawks with 12 points. Todd Petersen scored eight; Evan Eggleston, Sam Grossano, and Tom Cotton each had seven; Nick Weiland and Robert DiSibio both had six; and Brian Montoya added five.

Weiland and DiSibio both sank a pair of the team's seven 3-pointers. Newtown hit five of six foul shots. Ivey led the way with seven of Newtown's 22 rebounds; Grossano had seven assists and three steals; Weiland had five assists and two steals, and Eggleston had two assists and a trio of steals.

Newtown improved to 4-9 overall and 4-3 in SWC play; the Rebels fell to 5-8 and 2-5.

Both Nighthawk lineups will tangle with Masuk of Monroe on Friday, February 3 - the boys at home and the girls on the road, each at 7 pm.

Jackie Matthews dribbles the ball up the court as Rylee Mulligan joins the play during action earlier this season. Matthews and Mulligan helped the Nighthawks defeat New Fairfield in overtime on February 1. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Todd Petersen dribbles the ball during a late-January game against Weston. Petersen and the Hawks went on the road and defeated New Fairfield on February 1. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
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