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Thursday, February 18, 2010

SCC Tournament Predictions

First round
Today at 6:30

No. 12 Foran (10-10) at No. 5 Lyman Hall (15-5): With Jen Ruys out for Lyman Hall, this becomes a little more interesting. But Lindsay Karle proves to be too much for Foran.
Pick: Lyman Hall

No. 11 Sacred Heart Academy (10-10) at No. 6 Sheehan (15-4): These teams split in the regular season. This turns out to be more like the first meeting (a 51-34 win for Sheehan) than the second (48-43 overtime win for Sacred Heart Academy).
Pick: Sheehan

No. 10 Wilbur Cross (11-9) at No. 7 Branford (16-4): The Governors knocked off Hillhouse to gain some confidence heading into the postseason. The win turns out to hurt Wilbur Cross. Instead of facing a shorthanded Lyman Hall team in the first round, the Governors get the Hornets, and Branford will beat Wilbur Cross for the third time this season.
Pick: Branford

No. 9 Guilford (11-9) at No. 8 Hamden (13-7): This game could go either way. Hamden beat Guilford 65-57 back in December. This will be another close one with Cara Deroy putting the Green Dragons over the top.
Pick: Hamden

Saturday at West Haven

Hamden vs. No. 1 Hillhouse (17-3), noon: It was nice while it lasted for Hamden. A lack of defense and no inside presence leads to an easy win for the Academics.
Pick: Hillhouse

Lyman Hall vs. No. 4 Law (15-5), 1:45 p.m.: If Ruys was healthy, it would be a different story. Instead, Casey Dulin leads Law to a trip to the semifinals.
Pick: Law

Branford vs. No. 2 Career (17-3), 3:30 p.m.: The Hornets prove they can handle full-court pressure and keep this one somewhat close. Courtney Schissler doesn't get any help though, and the Panthers prevail for the third time this season over Branford.
Pick: Career

Sheehan vs. No. 3 Mercy (15-5), 5:15 p.m.: This will be a high-scoring affair with the Tigers having a little more firepower.
Pick: Mercy

Monday at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center, 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Hillhouse vs. Law: Bria Holmes got in early foul trouble and Hillhouse shot awful from the free-throw line, which led to a Law upset in the last meeting. The Academics have Andreana Thomas this time and Hillhouse makes sure it doesn't forget the upset. The Academics coast to its second straight SCC title game.
Pick: Hillhouse

Career vs. Mercy: Mercy cruised to a win over the Panthers in the first meeting, then fell to Career 59-57 last Saturday. Amber Bepko, Sadie Edwards and a solid supporting cast outweigh Career's balance this time.
Pick: Mercy

Tuesday at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Hillhouse vs. Mercy: A meeting between Hillhouse and Career would have been closer. Instead, the Academics cruise to a second straight conference title and set the tone for what will be another successful postseason for Hillhouse.
Pick: Hillhouse



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