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Nighthawk Comeback Bid Falls Short In State Quarterfinals

Published: March 06, 2018 at 12:00 am

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Amy Sapenter scored 11 points to lead Newtown in 40-33 loss to Trumbull in the state quarterfinals. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Amy Sapenter scored 11 points to lead Newtown in 40-33 loss to Trumbull in the state quarterfinals. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Cailin Wilson drives toward the basket. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Cailin Wilson drives toward the basket. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Newtown High School's girls' basketball team nearly dug itself out of a 16-point deficit after three quarters of play, ultimately falling 40-33 at Trumbull High in the quarterfinals of the Class LL state tournament, on March 5.

The sixth-seeded Nighthawks trailed 23-17 at the half and 36-20 after three quarters of play They went on an 11-0 run to begin the final period to make it a five-point game, and had possession with a chance to get closer. No. 3 Trumbull, this year's FCIAC champion and defending state runner-up, fought off a tenacious Nighthawk squad to advance to the semis.

Amy Sapenter scored 11 points for Newtown. Rylee Mulligan and Carlie Smith added six and five, respectively.

Sapenter opened the fourth-quarter scoring, and Smith followed with a 3-pointer to make it 36-25. Newtown had four possessions to try to get closer before Mulligan's baseline drive for two finally got the lead back to single digits at 36-27 with 3:50 to play.

Mulligan's drive to the rim made it a seven-point game less than a minute later, and Sapenter's outside jumper capped the run.

Trumbull got its first points of the final period with 1:30 left. Newtown's Ali Kelleher answered the Trumbull hoop just ten seconds later, making it 38-33.

Newtown's strong defense and tight marking forced the Eagles to burn timeouts and eventually turn the ball over on a five-second inbound violation, but the Hawks couldn't capitalize.

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