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Follow all the coverage of girls high school basketball throughout the state on their way to Mohegan Sun Arena, the site of this year's championship weekend, March 19-20.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Update on Osmond

Sacred Heart Academy sophomore point guard Shyla Osmond went down with a knee injury in the final minute of the Pacers 64-41 win Monday over Cheshire.
Osmond's father said it is not an ACL injury and there is nothing broken. She will undergo an MRI next week, once the swelling goes down. Osmond will not play in Sacred Heart's second-round game against top-seeded Danbury.

Monday, February 27, 2012

State tournament package

Who will make the Run to the Sun? Predictions here.

10 plot lines to follow throughout the state tournament.

A look at five players to watch.

The latest Register Top 10 poll heading into the tournament.

And the tournament pairings.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Register Top 10 poll

Here's a look at the latest Register Top 10 poll heading into the state tournament.

Friday, February 24, 2012

NVL All-Conference

Here's a look at the NVL's all-league team...

Briana Bradford, Holy Cross (also top senior)
Aly Otis, Torrington, Senior
Christina Cretella, Seymour, Senior
Mikyla Jacobs, Sacred Heart, Sophomore
Angelica Ariola, Holy Cross, Senior
Melissa Tirella, Ansonia, Junior

Thursday, February 23, 2012

SWC All-Conference team

Brittney Dumas, Barlow
Gabby Holness, Pomperaug
Riley Wurtz, Newtown
Jess Lynch, Newtown
Michelle Wu, Masuk
Jasmyne Folgle, Kolbe Cathedral
Shaquira Palmer, Bunnell
Olivia Levey, Lauralton Hall
Ellie Martin, Weston
Bianka Bell, Notre Dame-Fairfield

Conference tournament results

Updated conference tournament results for every league in the state.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First glance at state tournament fields

Here’s a quick breakdown of the four state tournament fields. For a complete state tournament preview, check back Monday.
Class LL
Top four seeds: No. 1 Danbury, No. 2 Lauralton Hall, No. 3 Holy Cross and No. 4 Career
Initial thoughts: This field is as deep as ever. Some key injuries can have heavy implications on how this tournament plays out. Danbury’s Casey Smith, likely the top post player in the field, injured her leg Tuesday night. Unsure of the severity of the injury. St. Joseph took a major hit when top player Nancy Stablein went down with a torn ACL and Lauralton Hall is currently without two of its top players in Carly Fabbri and Nicola Matero. Outside of a quarterfinal matchup with No. 5 Hillhouse, Career has a favorable draw. Mercy will take on two FCIAC teams before facing likely either No. 15 East Catholic or Lauralton Hall in the quarterfinals. Best first-round game? No. 16 Sacred Heart Academy vs. No. 17 Cheshire and No. 12.
Sleepers: No. 9 Newtown, No. 15 East Catholic and No. 14 Glastonbury
Championship prediction: Tough call. For now, No. 5 Hillhouse wins its fourth straight state over No. 6 Manchester.

Class L
Top four seeds: No. 1 E.O. Smith, No. 2 Pomperaug, No. 3 Bacon Academy and No. 4 Berlin
Initial thoughts: This field is weak, especially compared to past years. E.O. Smith may have to beat three CCC opponents in order to reach the final. Talent-wise, the Panthers and Pomperaug are head and shoulders above the rest of this field. Intriguing matchup between No. 12 Hand and No. 21 Bunnell, which features two of the field’s top players in Kelsey Cuddy (Hand) and Shaniqua Palmer (Bunnell). No. 7 RHAM will only go as far as Sarah Veilleux can take it.
Sleepers: No. 13 Barlow, No. 12 Hand and No. 11 East Lyme.
Championship prediction: Have to go with No. 1 E.O. Smith over No. 2 Pomperaug.

Class M
Top four seeds: No. 1 Weaver, No. 2 Tolland, No. 3 Ellington and No. 4 Nonnewaug
Initial thoughts: Weaver should cruise to the quarters. No. 29 Seymour will need to provide Christina Cretella with some help in order to knock off No. 4 Nonnewaug. Curious to see if Melissa Tirella and Tierney Lawlor are enough to lead No. 12 Ansonia over No. 21 Plainville. Great first-round matchups between No. 14 Trinity Catholic and No. 19 Kolbe Cathedral, and No. 6 Waterford and No. 27 Law.
Sleepers: No. 18 Notre Dame-Fairfield and No. 27 Law
Championship prediction: A battle of CCC powerhouses: No. 1 Weaver over No. 2 Tolland.    

Class S
Top four seeds: No. 1 Coginchaug, No. 2 Capital Prep, No. 3 Thomaston and No. 4 Cheney Tech
Initial thoughts: Coginchaug caught a bad break with a likely second-round matchup with St. Bernard. Interesting opening-round game between No. 9 Hyde and No. 24 Coventry. Possible intriguing second-round matchup between No. 12 Morgan and No. 5 Wamogo. Capital Prep should coast to the semifinals. No. 14 Old Saybrook has the field’s top post player in Kayla McAvoy.  
Sleepers: No. 9 Hyde, No. 14 Old Saybrook and No. 22 Bloomfield.
Championship prediction: Sticking with my preseason pick here: No. 1 Coginchaug over No. 2 Capital Prep.

Danbury named team of the week

Danbury has been selected as the Connecticut Sun High School Girls’ Basketball Team of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19.

The Hatters beat Trumbull 43-40 and closed out a perfect regular season with a 52-42 win over New Canaan. They will face Trumbull in the FCIAC championship on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SCC All-Division Teams

Bria Holmes, Hillhouse
Kelsey Cuddy, Hand
Kim Legen, Law
Colleene Smith, Hillhouse
Jasmin Rodriguez, Foran
Teneya McLaughlin, Foran
Natalie Bastian, Sacred Heart Academy
McKenzie Farquharson, West Haven
Jayva Johnson, West Haven
Jordyn Nappi, Mercy
Morgan Rams, Hamden
Maria Weselyj, Mercy
Missy Bailey, Cheshire
Sam Smith, Sheehan
Chloe Brinton, Amity
Kelsey Pendagast, Shelton
Maria Blois, Cheshire
Olivia Sutherland, Lyman Hall
Aaliyah Robinson, Wilbur Cross
Tanaya Atkinson, Career
Alyssa Alston, Career
Danielle Polvan, East Haven
Amanda Bradley, East Haven
Ashley Franklin, Career

SCC Championship

SCC girls’ basketball championship
No. 2 Hillhouse (20-2)
vs. No. 1 Career (20-1)
‰WHEN: Today, 7 p.m.
‰WHERE: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden
‰WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Hillhouse will need another strong performance from its role players, who were critical in the Academics win over Mercy in the semifinals. Expect the Panthers to pressure Hillhouse, and try to take Bria Holmes and Colleene Smith out of the game. Look for Hillhouse to use a zone and make the Panthers beat them from the outside. Keep an eye on the Academics size advantage inside.
‰CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: This is Hillhouse’s 11th appearance and fourth straight in an SCC final. The Academics have won sixth SCC championships, including last year.  Career is making its fifth appearance. They have won the championship twice.
‰YOU SHOULD KNOW: Career beat Hillhouse in both meetings during the regular season: 60-52 on Dec. 29 and 59-42 on Feb. 1.
— Chris Hunn

Monday, February 20, 2012

Another injury for Lauralton Hall

Lauralton Hall is already without senior Nicola Matero, who is nursing a high ankle sprain.
Add to that, shooting guard Carly Fabbri. Fabbri went down with a leg injury in the fourth quarter of the Crusaders win over Bunnell Saturday. Coach Amanda Forcucci said she will undergo an MRI Tuesday. Fabbri missed last season with a torn ACL, though this injury is not the same leg.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Latest Register Top 10 poll

Check out the latest Register Top 10 poll here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A look around the state...

A couple of upsets in the opening round of the SCC tournament.

A must-read feature on Norwalk center Emma Oyomba.

NVL girls' tournament preview.

Opening-round results from the ECC tournament.

Berlin looking for a deep postseason run.

High School Girls' Basketball: Where has the game gone?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, this blog will take a look at a former area standout, who is now playing in college.

Lindsay Karle, Albertus Magnus

High school: Lyman Hall

Year: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Height: 5-5

Stats: 30.0 mpg, 16.0 ppg, 2 apg, 1.6 spg

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Conference tournament schedules (UPDATED)

First round
No. 10 Amity at No. 7 Sacred Heart Academy, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
No. 13 Foran at No. 4 West Haven
No. 12 Hamden at No. 5 Cheshire
No. 11 East Haven at No. 6 Hand
No. 9 Law at No. 8 Sheehan
Saturday at Sheehan
No. 9 Law/No. 8 Sheehan winner vs. No. 1 Career, noon
No. 13 Foran/No. 4 West Haven winner vs. No. 12 Hamden/No. 5 Cheshire winner, 1:45 p.m.
No. 10 Amity/No. 7 Sacred Heart Academy winner vs. No. 2 Hillhouse, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 East Haven/No. 6 Hand winner vs. No. 3 Mercy, 5:15 p.m.
Monday at East Haven, 6 and 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday at TD Bank Sports Center, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Saturday
No. 5 Masuk vs. No. 4 Notre Dame-Fairfield at Lauralton Hall, 5 p.m.
No. 8 Bunnell at No. 1 Lauralton Hall, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Barlow vs. No. 3 Newtown at Pomperaug, 5 p.m.
No. 7 Kolbe Cathedral at No. 2 Pomperaug, 7 p.m.
Tuesday at Weston, 6 and 8 p.m.
Thursday at Masuk, 7:30 p.m.
Shoreline Conference
Quarterfinals, Saturday
No. 8 Hale Ray at No. 1 Coginchaug, TBA
No. 5 Hyde at No. 4 Morgan, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth at No. 2 Cromwell, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Old Saybrook at No. 3 Portland, 6 p.m.
Tuesday at Valley Regional, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday at Valley Regional, 7 p.m.
Saturday at Holy Cross
No. 6 Naugatuck vs. No. 3 Watertown, noon
No. 7 Sacred Heart vs. No. 2 Torrington, 1:45 p.m.
No. 5 Wolcott vs. No. 4 Ansonia, 3:30 p.m.
No. 8 Seymour vs. No. 1 Holy Cross, 5:15 p.m.
Monday at Kennedy, 5 and 7 p.m.
Wednesday at Kennedy, tba
Play-in games
Thursday, Feb. 16
No. 11 Fitch at No. 6 East Lyme, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Stonington at No. 7 Ledyard, 4:30 p.m.
No. 9 Lyman Memorial at No. 8 St. Bernard, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals at NFA, Saturday
No. 2 Waterford vs. winner of Ledyard-Stonington, noon
No. 3 Bacon Academy vs. winner of Fitch-East Lyme, 2 p.m.
No. 1 Plainfield vs. winner of Lyman Memorial-St. Bernard, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Montville vs. No. 5 NFA, 6 p.m.
Semifinals at Plainfield High, Feb. 22
Winner of Waterford-Ledyard/Stonington vs. winner of Bacon Academy-Fitch/East Lyme, 6 p.m.
Winner of Plainfield-Lyman Memorial/St. Bernard vs. winner of Montville-NFA
Finals at Plainfield, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals Saturday
at Ellington
No. 4 Avon vs. No. 5 SMSA, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Ellington vs. No. 8 Coventry, 7 p.m.

at Suffield
No. 3 Granby vs. No. 6 Bolton
No. 2 Suffield vs. No. 7 Windsor Locks

Semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 21 at home of the highest remaining seed
Finals Thursday, Feb. 23 at a neutral site TBA
CCC can be found here.

Berkshire League here.
FCIAC here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

SCC Tournament pairings


Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 p.m.

#10 Amity (11-9) at #7 Sacred Heart Academy (14-6)

Thursday, February 16 – 6:30 p.m.

#13 Foran (9-11) at #4 West Haven (16-4)

#12 Hamden (9-11) at #5 Cheshire (14-6)

#11 East Haven (11-9) at #6 Daniel Hand (13-7)

#9 Jonathan Law (10-10) at #8 Sheehan (11-8)

QUARTERFINALS – Saturday, February 18 @Sheehan HS – Wallingford

Game 1 – Sheehan/Jonathan Law winner vs. #1 Career (18-1) – 12 noon

Game 2 – West Haven/Foran winner vs. Cheshire/Hamden winner – 1:45 p.m.

Game 3 – Sacred Heart Academy/Amity winner vs. #2 Hillhouse (18-2) – 3:30 p.m.

Game 4 – Daniel Hand/East Haven winner vs. #3 Mercy (16-4) – 5:15 p.m.

SEMIFINALS – Monday, February 20 @East Haven HS

Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – 6 p.m.

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 7:45 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Tuesday, February 21 @TD Bank Sports Center – Quinnipiac University

Semifinal winners – 7 p.m.

Bubble Watch

Here’s a look at the area teams hoping to clinch a state tournament berth. Teams need eight wins to get in...

Shelton (7-12) at Hamden, tonight, 7 p.m.

Hale-Ray (7-12) vs. Putnam, tonight, 7 p.m.

O’Brien Tech (7-12) at Derby, tonight, 7 p.m.

East Hampton (6-12) vs. Morgan, tonight, 7:30 p.m. and at Valley Regional, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Latest Register Top 10 poll

Latest poll can be found here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A look around the state...

See which coach won his 500th career game Thursday.

Meet two of the FCIAC's top players Danbury's Casey Smith and Trinity Catholic's Mackenzie Griffin.

Weaver gets a big addition with the postseason around the corner.

Bacon Academy won its first ECC Large Division title earlier this week.

Thulin returns for Torrington.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Holmes selected as McDonald's All American

Hillhouse senior Bria Holmes has been selected as the first girl ever from Connecticut to play in the McDonald's All American Game. Read the story here.

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, this blog will take a look at a former area standout, who is now playing in college.

Lauren Okafor, Providence

High school: Hopkins

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Stats: 22.2 mpg, 4.5 ppg, 5.3 rpb, 24 blk

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Team of the week

Cromwell has been selected as the Connecticut Sun High School Girls' Basketball Team of the Week for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3.

The Panthers beat Valley Regional 61-18 and followed with a 46-12 victory over East Hampton.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Register Top 10 poll

Career moves up to No. 2 in the latest poll.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A look around the state...

Two surprises on Thursday: Old Lyme knocks off Hyde in overtime and Amity stalls Cheshire's run to a division title.

Capital Prep controls the glass in a win over Hall from earlier this week.

The latest Hoop Zone Show from the Republican American.

The Connecticut Post's area scoring leaders.

Waterford keeps rolling, captures ECC Medium Division crown.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, this blog will take a look at a former area standout, who is now playing in college.

Bianca Simmons, UMass-Lowell

High school: Mercy

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

Height: 5-6

Stats: 33.9 mpg, 17.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 67 assists