Woodstock Academy hung tough through the first three quarters but East Lyme pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 42-26 win at the Alumni Fieldhouse Friday.
The Vikings (5-9, 1-3 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I) scored the first five points of the game.
The Centaurs were able to tie the game four times in the first half, including 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, but just could never forge into the lead.
East Lyme scored the final five points of the first half to go into the locker room with a six-point advantage.It would expand it to double digits briefly in the third quarter before the Centaurs (9-5, 1-3) got a 3-pointer from Kaylee Saucier, a bucket by Reegan Reynolds and another basket by Leila MacKinnon to cut the deficit to three.
The Vikings responded as Ava Roach (11 points) scored with 2:07 left in the third quarter to re-establish a 5-point lead.
Neva Flickinger (11 points) opened the final quarter with a pair of traditional three-point plays and, after a basket by the Centaurs' Isabel D'Alleva-Bochain, Izzy Pazzaglia, who led East Lyme with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
Sophia Sarkis led the Centaurs with six points.
Earlier in the week,the youthful Centaurs hung in against the Fitch Falcons on their home floor in Groton, but fell just short, 49-37.
Woodstock Academy led by a point at the end of the first quarter and trailed by only five at the half before Fitch was able to extend the lead to double digits by the end of the third quarter.
Sophomore Eva Monahan paced Woodstock Academy with nine points while D’Alleva-Bochain and Saucier added seven points each.
The Centaurs do get a little break as they take the majority of the week off before playing a matinee Saturday game at Amistad Academy at 1:30 p.m.