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Week of Jan. 22: Centaurs pick up 13th win of season over Stonington

The Woodstock Academy girls basketball team started to put the ball into the basket again Saturday and that usually yields positive results.

The Centaurs broke a brief three-game losing streak with a 57-43 win over Stonington at the Alumni Fieldhouse.

In losses to Norwich Free Academy, New London and Bacon Academy, Woodstock Academy was held in the 30’s.

For a time, it looked like the Bears, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end, might be able to do the same thing.

But the Centaurs (13-4) broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 20-point third quarter. The offensive spark provided by junior center Eva Monahan who scored 10 of her team-high 21 points in the third quarter to help Woodstock Academy build a 12-point cushion going into the fourth.

Monahan added seven more points in the final quarter.

Sidney Anderson added 11 points to the effort while Isabel D’Alleva-Bochain contributed eight points and Vivian Bibeau seven to the cause.

It was a defensive struggle at the Alumni Fieldhouse on Thursday.

The Centaurs and Bacon Academy Bobcats were never separated by more than seven points and there were three ties in the fourth quarter.

But it was the visiting Bobcats (9-5) who prevailed in the end. 

Five foul shots in the last 1 minute, 46 seconds proved to be the difference as they propelled Bacon Academy past Woodstock Academy, 41-36.

Woodstock Academy did own the biggest lead of the game, 15-8, late in the first quarter.

But the Bobcats and their traditional 2-3 zone defense and length on the perimeter of that zone made it difficult the remainder of the way for the host Centaurs.

Woodstock Academy was limited to single-digit scoring in the second, third and fourth quarters.

The Bobcats led by four points at the half and three at the end of the third quarter.

But the Centaurs tied it when Anderson, who led the team with eight points, buried a 3-pointer with 5:13 to play.

A pair of Cara Shea free throws - the Bacon senior guard scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter - gave the Bobcats the 34-32 lead. 

But it was brief.

Sophomore guard Kaylee Saucier threaded the needle and found Anderson open on the baseline for a layup.

Katelyn Novak, who was the only player in double figures in the game with 10 for the Bobcats, put the visitors ahead only to see Reegan Reynolds tie it for the hosts just 22 seconds later on a pair of free throws.

It would be the last points in the contest for Woodstock Academy and Shea began the string of five free throws that gave Bacon Academy the win just eight seconds later.

It was a similar story earlier in the week.

Woodstock Academy closed to within two points on a couple of occasions Tuesday against New London but just could not get over the hump and lost to the Whalers, 53-37, at the Alumni Fieldhouse.

"They're quality,no question about it," Woodstock Academy coach Will Fleeton said of New London. "I think all of our opponents are quality this year but (New London) is one of the leaders. Honestly though, if it isn't tough, it isn't right."

D’Alleva-Bochain led the Centaurs with nine points, all coming on a trio of 3-pointers.

Saucier added eight and Anderson contributed seven.