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Friday, March 15, 2013

COURT VISION: State Final Central

The Class LL Final: No. 2 Lauralton Hall versus No. 1 Mercy

Maria Weselyj, 2013

Bryce Drew, 1998

By Henry Chisholm
@NHRHenryC on Twitter
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


By Henry Chisholm
@NHRHenryC on Twitter
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

By Henry Chisholm
@NHRHenryC on Twitter
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.

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