WASHINGTON — The Shepaug boys’ basketball team began its winter 2021 season with a tough loss to Northwestern, 74-68, then bounced back on Friday, February 12, to score a big win over Nonnewaug 80-49.

On the way to the first victory, senior Owen Hibbard broke the all-time Shepaug boys’ scoring record. He reached 1,199 points in the Nonnewaug game.

The previous record of 1,191, held by Erik Kershnar, was set in 1987. 

The school’s all-time scoring record is held by Christine Mera with 1,209 points, also set in 1987.

Shepaug suffered the loss against Northwestern in part from a huge discrepancyfrom the foul line. The Highlanders finished with 20 free throw points to just eight for the Spartans.

Hibbard led the team in scoring with 30 points. Michael Perachi and Luke Schneider chipped in with 10 points each.

When Shepaug and Nonnewaug faced off against each other last Friday, Shepaug broke open a close game in the second quarter. Nonnewaug led 13-12 after one period, then the Spartans went on a 22-12 run to take a nine-point lead at the half.

Another huge scoring quarter in the third period put Shepaug up 24 points with the Chiefs playing catch-up in the final eight minutes.

Nonnewaug seemed to have no answers for Hibbard, who finished with 48 points. Hibbard connected on four, three-pointers and added 14 more points from the charity stripe. Perachi was also in double figures with 12 points.

Nonnewaug was led by Ben Conti with 15 points, followed by Jon Khazzaka with 11.

Both teams are 1-1 through the first week of a shortened 12-game season.

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