UNCASVILLE -- Mercy senior guard Maria Weselyj has witnessed all three of the Tigers' Class LL final losses. So after Lauralton Hall senior guard Michelle DeSantis hit a lay up to put the Tigers down one with three seconds left in the game, Weselyj just wanted one more chance.
"(Lauralton Hall) was already celebrating on the court," she said. "You could see it our faces, we were like, 'dang, again for the fourth time.' But I told Liz (Falcigno) who fouled out, 'we have heart, we can do this. We have 3.8 seconds left and we're going to play the game until its done."
Sheena Landy threw a full court pass to Cassandra Santoro who found Weselyj for a wide open 3-pointer as time expired to lift top-seeded Mercy to a 54-53 victory over second-seeded Lauralton Hall in the Class LL final at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.
No. Mercy 41, Lauralton Hall 40: Maria Weselyj nailed a buzzer-beating jumper to give the Tigers the lead going into the fourth quarter after Olivia Levey's 3-point play.
No. 2 Lauralton Hall 28, No. 1 Mercy 25: The Crusaders got 16 first half points and four triples from Carly Fabbri as they continue to lead the Tigers in the Class LL title game.
Mercy took a five point lead to open the second quarter, before LH retook the lead.
No. 2 Lauralton Hall 14' No. 1 Mercy 13: The Crusaders jumped out in front thanks to 10 first quarter points from Carly Fabbri.
The Class L Final: No. 10 Farmington versus No. 1 Bacon Academy
UNCASVILLE -- Sophie Borg and Brittany Belisle both scored 11 points and Courtney Hofer grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 10 Farmington stunned top-seeded Bacon Academy 49-44 in the Class L final at Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday.
The Indians close e season 23-5 and the Bobcats finish 24-3.
Bacon Academy was ranked seventh in the New Haven Register poll.
No. 10 Farmington 30, No. 1 Bacon Academy 21: The Indians have made this a grind-it-out game, moving the ball around, milking the clock and the Bobcats can't find the bottom of the net as we head to the fourth.
The Indians held the Bobcats to just three points in the third.
No. 10 Farmington 23, No. 1 Bacon Academy 18: The Indians hold onto their upset bid up five at half. The Bobcats trailed by as many as 12 before closing the gap to end the half.
The Class S Final: No. 3 Thomaston versus No. 1 Capital Prep
UNCASVILLE -- Kiah Gillespie scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Shaquana Edwards scored 18 points and Desiree Elmore scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as top-seeded Capital Prep routed No. 3 Thomaston 84-55 in the Class S championship at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.
The Trailblazers, who are also ranked No. 1 in the Register pol, finish the season 25-2.
Thomaston closes the season 23-3.
For Captial Prep coach Tammy Millsaps, her Trailblazers should still be No. 1 when the final poll is released Monday.
"We've played very well against whoever we matched up against," she said. "We should be No. 1 again."
No. 1 Capital Prep 43, No. 3 Thomaston 16: The Trailblazers continue to rout Thomaston, exploding with a 20-point second quarter.
No. 1 Capital Prep 23, No. 3 Thomaston 5: The Trailblazers continue their dominant ways, opening up a 7-0 lead and forging ahead to a comfortable first quarter advantage. Kiah Gillespie has four points.
The Class M Final: No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield versus No. 1 Cromwell
No. 1 Cromwell 42, No. 2 Notre Dame -Fairfield 28: Cromwell finished an undefeated season and wrapped up the Class M championship.
The Panthers held the Lancers to just 10 second half points
No. 1 Cromwell 23, No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield 19: Cromwell forged ahead thanks to a go-ahead lay up from Janelle Harrison. She has seven point as we head to the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield 18, No. 1 Cromwell 16: The Lancers held onto their slim lead thanks to a strong drive and finish from Amber James. She had seven first-half points.
No. 2 Notre Dame- Fairifled 14, No. 1 Cromwell 10: The Lancers hold a four-point lead after Jovan Kingwood scored seven first quarter points.
Below are some of the state's best players, some stats from Max Preps and collegiate info is from the player's coaches. If you're a player on the list and want to add college info, stats or videos, email me at email@example.com. Also, if you feel like you should be added to the list, email me your stuff. Connecticut is loaded with girls' basketball talent, this is where the best get exposure.
Tanaya Atkinson, Career Magnet, New Haven
Junior forward, 5-foor-9
Stats: Averaged 20.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game and shot 54 percent from the floor.
Accolades: She won the Most Outstanding Player award in the Southern Connecticut Conference Final. She led her team to an SCC championship.
She was named All-SCC.
Schools interested: James Madison, Hofstra, Providence, St. Johns, Hartford, Siena, Quinnipiac University
Emily Anderson, Rocky Hill High School, Rocky Hill
Stats: Averaged 23 points and 10 assists per game. She also shot 40 percent from the floor and 80 from the free throw line.
Accolades: Three time team MVP, three time All-Central Connecticut Conference selection, finished career with 978 total points
Schools interested: Already signed, but had DI, II and III interest.
Schools offered: Already signed, but received offers from Post, NYIT, Western Connecticut
Signed yet: Suffolk University.
The Best of Emily
Nicole Anderson, Career Magnet, New Haven
Senior guard, 5-foot-9
Stats: Averaged 10.2 points per game, made a team-high 30 3-pointers,
Schools interested: Already signed
Schools offered: Already signed
Signed yet: Manhattan.
Missy Bailey, Cheshire High School, Cheshire
Junior guard, 5-foot-5
Stats: Averaged 11.8 points per game and made 29.
Schools interested: Assumption, Southern New Hamsphire, University of New Haven.
Signed yet: No.
Bailey bangs in buzzer-beater
Taylor Ceballos, Foran High School, Milford
Stats: Averaged 15.1 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game. The freshman grabbed 250 boards.
Signed yet: No
Diandra DeRosa, Somers High School, Somers
Junior guard, 5-foot-7
Schools interested: Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Boston College, Siena, UMass, Indiana State University and Iona.
Schools offered: Syracuse, Providence
Signed yet: No.
Desiree Elmore, Captial Prep, Hartford
Freshman forward, 5-foot-10
Stats: Averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game and shot 51 percent from the floor.
Schools interested: Big East, ACC schools. Schools withheld upon coach's request.
Schools offered: None.
Signed yet: No.
The Best of Desiree
Kiah Gillepsie, Capital Prep, Hartford
Sophomore forward, 6-foot-0
Stats: Averaged 17.3 points per game, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals per game and shot 54 percent from the floor.
Accolades: Named Constitution State Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, All-CSC.
Schools interested: Received letters from Hofstra, UConn, Rutgers, Providence, Penn State, St. Joseph, Central Connecticut State University, Stanford, Boston College, Georgetown, Drexel, Brown, Princeton, UMass.
Stats: Averaged 16.9 points per game and became the first female basketball player to score 1,000 career points at the school.
Schools interested: Western Connecticut State University
Schools offered: none.
Signed yet: No.
The Best of Trayneice
Kiera O'Donnell, Holy Cross, Waterbury
Junior guard, 5-foot-11
Stats: Averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game.
Twice named All-Naugatuck Valley League, Most Valuable Player in NVL
All-Star Game this season, Waterbury All-City Team and Player of the
Schools interested: University of New Haven and other DI, DII and Ivy League schools
Schools offered: none.
Signed yet: No.
The Best of Kiera
Shyla Osmond, Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden
Junior guard, 5-foot-4
Stats: Averaged 12.9 points per game.
Accolades: All-SCC and was voted regular-season MVP by the fans in a www.nhregister.com poll.
Schools interested: N/A
Schools offered: N/A
Signed yet: N/A
The Best of Shyla
Alyssa Velles, Norwich Free Academy, Norwich
Junior shooting guard, 5-foot-10
Averaged 18.2 points, five rebounds and two steals per game, shot 48 percent from the floor and scored her 1,000th career point in her junior season.
Accolades: Made All-Tournament and All-Conference teams and also the All-tournament team in the Masuk and Manchester tournaments. As a sophomore, she was named conference MVP, made All-Conference and set a school record going 16-for-16 at the free throw line.
interested: Holy Cross, Colgate, University of Hartford, University of Vermont, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Marist, Lehigh, Bucknell, Fairfield.
Sarah Veilleux, RHAM, Hebron
Stats: Averaged 28.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.5 assists per game. Shot 55 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free throw line.
Accolades: Named Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, All-Central Connecticut Conference all three seasons.
Schools interested: Army, Lehigh, American, Quinnipiac, Providence, William and Mary, George Mason, Dartmouth, Delaware, St. Johns, Binghamton, Rhode Island, Siena, James Madison, Albany, St. Francis (PA), Boston College, New Hampshire, Niagara, University of Buffalo, Gardner Webb, Washington, Richmond, Lafayette, Emory, Hofstra, Monmouth, Iona have all sent letters and expressed interest.
Schools offered: Fordham, Central Connecticut State University, Sacred Heart, Holy Cross, Boston University, Marist, Northeastern, Navy, St. Joseph (PA), Princeton, Hartford, UPenn, Bucknell
Signed yet: No, but verbally committed to St. Joesph (PA) on Saturday, March 30.
Maria Weselyj, Mercy, Middletown
Senior guard, 5-foot-5
Stats: Averaged 15.7 points per game and made 54 3-pointers.
Accolades: All-SCC and led team to SCC Final
Schools interested: Already signed.
Schools offered: Already signed.
Signed yet: Southern Connecticut State University.
No. 2 Lauralton Hall is headed to the Class LL Final
No. 2 Lauralton Hall 23, No. 3 Trumbull 16: The Crusaders put the clamps on the Eagles' offense in the second quarter and hold a solid advantage at the half.
Lauralton held Trumbull to just six second quarter points.
The Crusaders were aided by a balanced attack, as five different players scored.
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No. 1 Capital Prep 43, No. 4 Morgan 18: The Trailblazers just continue to run roughshod through Class S, holding a commanding lead at the half of the Class S Final Four.
Kiah Gillespie and Desiree Elmore led Capital Prep in a dominant first half. The Blazers are coming off a 105-23 rout of Valley Regional in the quarters.
No. 2 Lauralton Hall rallies past No. 18 East Hartford
No. 18 East Hartford 29, No. 2 Lauralton Hall 24 (halftime): The second-seeded Crusaders are in a bit of trouble after giving up six 3-pointers in the second quarter.
Emma McCarthy has a team-high 13 points for Lauralton.
Second Round Live
This is your one-stop shop for all of your state playoff stats, highlights, stories and more from the second round. Below are links for each Class and a look at some of the more intriguing match ups. Come here on game day’s for live blogs at 5 p.m.
The nail-biters: (All games on Friday) No. 9 Kolbe-Cathedral at No. 8 Plainfield at 7 p.m.; No. 12 Weaver at No. 5 Granby Memorial at 7 p.m.; No. 15 Coginchaug at No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield at 7 p.m.; No. 11 Ansonia at No. 6 Lewis Mills at 7 p.m.
No. 16 Sacred Heart Academy knocks No. 17 Newtown out of Class LL tournament in first round.
No. 16 Sacred Heart Academy 33, No. 17 Newtown 28: Micaela Montini scored eight points to pace the Pacers over the Nighthawks at the half.
Newtown erased a 22-14 first quarter deficit with a 24-11 second quarter outburst.
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DAY 2: Follow all of the Class LL and M games right here!
This is your one-stop shop for all of your state playoff stats, highlights, stories and more. Below are links for each Class and a look at some of the more intriguing match ups in the first round. Come here on gameday's for live blogs at 5 p.m.
The contenders: No. 1 Bacon Academy (ECC), No. 2 Pomperaug (SWC), No. 3 Berlin (CCC), No. 4 Watertown (NVL), No. 5 Wilton (FCIAC), No. 6 RHAM (CCC). The sleepers: No. 12 Tolland (CCC), No. 22 Foran (SCC). The nail-biters: No. 18 Kennedy at No. 15 Hand , No. 22 Foran at No. 11 East Lyme (All games Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.).