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Second round highlights and quarter-final preview

Second round highlights and quarter-final preview

The CIAC Women’s Basketball Tournaments are heading to the quarter-finals, but not before getting a look at the second-round action on Friday night.

After that, we break down the best of the quarter-finals to come.

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

There are 40 teams remaining in all five women’s basketball divisions with quarterfinals beginning next week.

Where do these teams come from?

It should come as no surprise to those who have followed women’s basketball this winter that nine of the 40 come from the CCC with four of the eight in the LL and L classes and one in the MM class in Berlin.


The CCC are guaranteed at least two semi-finalists with No. 1 Enfield playing No. 8 Southington in Class LL and No. 2 Simsbury playing No. 10 Farmington in Class L. Both teams beat the CCC teams to reach the quarter-finals with Simsbury beating Wethersfield 51-41 and Farmington beating Maloney 47-37.

Here’s how the rest of the lectures break down

5: CCS (Hillhouse, SHA, Guilford, Mercy, Main); CEC (Montville, Bacon Academy, New London, Ledyard, Killingly)

4: CFCs (New Fairfield, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Immaculate, Pomperaug); Berkshire League (Thomaston, Gilbert, Housatonic, Northwest); Littoral (Cromwell, Valley, East Hampton, Old Lyme)

3: FCCIA (Wilton, Danbury, St. Joseph); CNCC (Somers, Bolton, Coventry); NVL (St. Croix, St. Paul, Seymour)

BERKSHIRE BEGINS BERKSHIRE

Gilbert, the ninth-seeded S-Class, cruised to a 43-34 win over 24th-seeded Shepaug Valley, trailing 25 points from rookie Emily Arel.

It was the third meeting of the season between the Berkshire League sides, who have split their regular season fixtures. Gilbert won the first game 25-15 and Shepaug won the second game 45-42.

Gilbert advances to the Class S quarter-finals where he will meet another Berkshire foe in No 1 Thomaston.

Thomaston beat Gilbert twice in the regular season, but Gilbert knocked the Bears out of the Berkshire League tournament with a 37-33 victory in the semifinals.

DISRUPTIONS

Class S saw two top-seeded upsets on Friday night, with No. 15 Immaculate out of SWC beating No. 2 Windham Tech out of CRAL 52-32 and No. 10 Old Lyme beating Parish Hill 41-11.

Immaculate will meet Old Lyme in the quarter-finals on Tuesday at Old Lyme.

In Class L, No. 10 Farmington beat No. 7 Maloney 47-37 and No. 9 Guilford beat No. 8 Torrington 42-37.

KEEP DANCING

In a match between two teams ranked in the 20s in Class M, No. 20 Montville beat No. 29 Oxford 49-48 on a mid-range jumper from rookie Jada Cheung with 13 seconds left.

Montville will continue Cinderella’s run through to the quarterfinals where he will face the No. 5 Valley Regional on Tuesday night in Deep River.

Montville, out of the ECC, entered the tournament with a 10-10 record.

THE BEST OF THE QUARTER-FINALS

The quarter-finals for the LL and MM classes will be played Monday evening at the home of the top seeds while the L, M and S classes will be played on Tuesday.

Obviously, all quarter-finals are big games, but here are a few that are particularly intriguing.

S-CLASS

No. 5 Bolton to No. 4 Somers: The NCCC is guaranteed to have a team in the semi-finals with these two league foes going head-to-head. Somers beat Bolton 47-38 in the regular season.

No. 15 Immaculate at No. 10 Old Lyme: Immaculate is the only private school still in Class S and has won each of its first two tournament games by 30 points. Old Lyme also rolled, winning their first two games by averaging 26.5 points.

M-CLASS

No. 8 New Fairfield to No. 1 Holy Cross: If anyone can give Holy Cross a hard time, it might be the Rebels. New Fairfield have faced Notre Dame-Fairfield twice this season and have proven themselves outside the SWC. Holy Cross is the only undefeated team in the state.

#6 Seymour at #2 East Hampton: Can Seymour’s Kenzie Sirowich continue his magical senior season to the semis? East Hampton off the Shoreline will do whatever it can to stop it.

MM-CLASS

No. 7 Ledyard to No. 2 St. Joseph: Ledyard will sail 74 miles to put the FCIAC champions to the test. Few teams have played as well as Ledyard who closed the season winning 8 of their last 9.

L-CLASS

No. 5 EO Smith vs. No. 4 Mercy: CCC versus SCC. Both of these teams have kind of flown under the radar all season, being overshadowed by the top teams in their leagues. A closer look reveals all five losses suffered by EO, four have come against GameTimeCT Top 10 ranked teams while three of Mercy’s four losses have come against ranked teams.

LL-CLASS

No. 7 New London to No. 2 East Hartford: A quarter-final that could easily be the national final if these teams had been in separate draws on the bracket. But here they are in a formidable quarter-final. Two of the best players in the state in Shailyn Pinkney of East Hartford and Nalyce Dudley of New London.