Soaring Norwalk knocks off Westhill
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Norwalk will enter the postseason as one of the hottest girls basketball teams in the FCIAC.
Alexis Noonan made sure of that.
The senior center missed only two shots en route to a 16-point night as the surging Bears wrapped up the regular season with a 58-50 road victory over Westhill in a contest that was live-streamed on MSGVarsity.com
It was the seventh straight win for Norwalk (15-5), which clinched the Central Division for the first time in 12 years last week and will be the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC tournament. That sets up a quarterfinal round showdown at fourth-seeded Wilton on Saturday.
In a back-and-forth game that saw six lead changes in the first half, the Bears took control with a 10-0 run to end the third quarter.
"We played with more intensity and played smart," said Noonan, who connected on two 3-pointers. "We always pick it up in the second half."
Noonan had plenty of help Wednesday from the usual cast of characters.
Junior Emma Oyomba, a walking double-double, finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, while sophomore Erica Cohens came off the bench to add 13 points and three steals.
"Erica had some amazing passes," Noonan said. "She's a spark for us."
Katie Schmidt totaled nine points, five rebounds and two steals for the aggressive Bears, who had 10 steals on the night.
It was Senior Night at Westhill, and Allie Souza -- one of three 12th-graders on the roster -- gave the Purple Pack plenty to celebrate early on. The guard had 11 points while Tyler Evans scored 12 off the bench.
Once again though, the Vikings (10-10) were led by junior standout Megan D'Alessandro, who drained two treys on her way to a game-high 18 points. Westhill finished 9 of 12 from beyond the arc.