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By Shawn Bates
Dec. 26
The Putnam Clippers (3-0) came out shooting on opening night of the Clipper Classic against Ellis Tech with Sebastian Ramos scoring 12 of his team-high 16 in the first quarter. He led the Eagles 18-8 and then much of the same from Ramos to go into half time with a 36-17 lead. The Clippers came out in the second half and pressed Ellis for the remainder of the game to go on to a 73-48 win to advance to the finals of the annual tournament. Scoring leaders for Putnam Tyion Harris and Colby Livingston chipped in 10 a piece Anthony Navedo 8  pts Connor Holloman and Aiden Ciqueia would add 7 each. For Ellis, Nico Cummings 14 pts and Jamie Talbot 12 pts.
The Lady Clippers (3-1) took on Windham Tech in the first round of the Clipper Classic and cruised to a 69-29 win. Putnam came out in a press and forced 12 Windham turnovers to jump out to a 16-4 lead and then went on a 14-2 run to go into the half with a 33-16 lead. Putnam would not look back for the rest of the game to advance to the tournament finals .Scoring leaders for the game Ashley Burke and Kayleigh Lyons netted 17 pts each and Freshman Alex Hutchins 16 pts. For Windham Marissa Shirshac would lead the team with 22 pts of the teams 29 pts.
Dec. 27
Girls: The Lady Clippers (4-1) down by 5 pts with 4:41 on the clock in the fourth quarter would come back and win the Clipper Classic for the first time in five years. Down the stretch the Clipper defense would force some crucial turnovers and would capitalize to win 52-49 over the Killingly Redgals. Scrappy defense key rebounds and some clutch free-throws down the stretch helped the Clippers to hoist the Classic trophy to a large crowd in the two-year old Gym.  Scoring leaders for Putnam: Ashley Burke 14 pts, Molly McKeon 10 pts and Alex Hutchins and Kaleigh Lyons with 8 pts each. Killingly (1-4) Kylee Mazzarella had a game-high 15 pts, Julie Trafaconda 14 pts and Reagan Morin 10
The Clippers (3-1) were handed their first loss of the season by the Killingly Redman (3-0). The Redman would come out and outscore the Clippers 14 to 9 in the first and would keep the pedal down to win the Clipper Classic 60-37. S Sebastian Ramos would score to 13 to lead all Clippers and Mitchell Barylski would have 8 pts to add. For the Redman Luke Desaulnier 18 pts and Alex Fontaine 10 pts
Dec. 29
The Lady Clippers ended their holiday week perfect with another home win against St. Bernard‘s on a chilly afternoon. The Ladies held the Saints to 16 points in the first half while Putnam tallied 31 to go into the half with the lead. The second half would be more of the same for the Lady Clipper with them outscoring the Saints in the remaining two quarters. Putnam’s Defense was too much for the Saints to handle and it showed with some sloppy play and a lot of intercepted passes that led to some easy early buckets for the Clippers. Scoring leaders for Putnam Ashley Burke 17 pts, Victoria Dias 16 pts, Alex Hutchins 9 pts and Molly McKeon 7 pts. For the Saints: Lindsey Clement 13 pts, Emily Nelson 12 pts and Brianna Beverly 8 pts
Putnam (4-2) would host the Indians of Montville (1-5). This would be another possible opponent for next year’s ECC schedule. The first two minutes of the game Putnam would force two turnovers and quickly got on the board with a 5-0 lead but Montville would settle down and would gain the lead back quickly and would not look back with a 72-42 win over the Clippers.

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