Bacon Academy girls’ basketball rallied to defeat New London 53-45 on Jan. 3, improving to 7-1.
It was the first game for the Bobcats since they suffered their first loss of the season, a 50-38 defeat against E.O. Smith.
Junior Marissa Nudd was again spectacular, leading the team with 21 points and cementing the contest by hitting all four of her free throws in the closing minute.
It was a dominant defensive effort that ultimately made the difference. After trailing 32-27 at the half, Bacon Academy clamped down and limited the home Whalers to only 13 second-half points on 3 of 20 shooting.
Trailing 42-41 early in the fourth, Ashley Lizotte and Valerie Luizzi hit consecutive three-pointers, giving the road Bobcats the lead for good with three minutes left.
Luizzi finished with 14 points and senior Emma Mancuso posted a double-double, ten points and ten rebounds.
Serenity Lancaster scored a team-high 17 and Olivia Goode added 15 for New London, who fell to 5-2.
New London got revenge the following day when boys’ basketball handed Bacon Academy a home loss.
Rhodie Perry scored a game-high 30 points and Savahn Warren added 20 for the Whalers, who earned their third consecutive win.
New London exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to take a 38-22 halftime lead and never looked back.
Sam Blumberger scored a team-high 18 points, while Matt Lizotte (13) and Ryan Claffey (10) both scored in double figures for the Bobcats, who fell to 3-3.
The boys will look to bounce back on Friday, Jan. 7 when they are scheduled to host Ledyard at 7 p.m.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin