By Shawn  Bates
Putnam Middle School
The Wolfpack split last week’s home games the first game of the week was a loss to Pomfret 49-35. Karson Bates led the scorers with 13 points and was followed by Alonzo Henries with 7 points and Carter Morissette with 7.
The second game of the week Putnam would edge out Ashford 52-50 at home. Putnam would trail the whole game until the final minutes were they would take the two- point lead to win at home.
The scorers were Alonzo Henries with 17, Karson Bates with 12, Carter Morissette with 9 and Cooper Livingston with 8. The Wolfpack played their final home game Jan. 22 against Canterbury.
At the half way point the boys are in second place in the QVJC Small with four games remaining in the season.   Coach Coderre said there is no reason why the Wolfpack shouldn’t win out to secure the first place and first-place seeding in the Tournament that will be held at Putnam Middle School this year.
Like the boys the girls also split this week the  first game of the week the ladies faced Pomfret for a 39-27 win on the road in Pomfret.   Elisha Clinkscale would lead all scorers with nine points in the win. On Jan. 18 on the road in Ashford the ladies would record their first loss of the season.
The ladies played Jan. 22 against Canterbury away and at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 25 at home against Parish Hill.
Putnam High
With only one game on the schedule it may have been one of the most anticipated on the calendar for the Clippers. This game always brings out the best of both teams and always seems to go down to the wire each time and this game did not disappoint. The Tourtellotte Tigers would jump out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter with some scrappy play. But Putnam would apply their in-your-face defense that would get them the lead going into the locker room at 21-17 at the half.
The second half would be more of the same for both squads with the Tigers cutting down the half time lead and eventually tying the game tied to close out regulation time at 37-37. The next four minutes of overtime would only net the Clippers 1 point and the Tigers would get some clutch points from Spencer Fulone and Connor Weiss,  each netting four points for the team’s 10 points in overtime to give the Tigers the Winw 48-38. Sebastian Ramos would lead the Clippers with 15.
 The Lady Clippers, coming off a strong performance recently, would face two ECC foes last week. The first game was away at Tourtellotte where the Lady Tigers would squeak out a tight back-and-forth battle to end the game 33-35.
The second game of the week found the Lady Clippers hosting the Panthers from Plainfield in a rematch from the first game of the season where Plainfield would walk away with a 51-38 win. The ladies came out and held the Panthers within a couple points for two quarters and in the third Putnam would end the third with a 29-26 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Chloe La Pierre, performed in the clutch, scoring five point of the team’s 12 points in the fourth to edge the Clippers 38-33. Madison Kelly for Plainfield was the leading scorer with 17. For Putnam Alex Hutchins and Kaleigh Lyons would each net eight points.

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