Basketball Notebook - Glastonbury
After suffering two heartbreaking losses to Manchester during the regular season, the Glastonbury girls basketball team exacted revenge in the CCC championship game with a 58-52 win in the championship game.
The Tomahawks, seeded 10th in the CCC tournament defeated second seeded Weaver and third seeded Tolland in the first two rounds.
Junior Courtney Latham was 10 for 12 from the line, while pulling down six rebounds and dishing four assists.
"I know I had to be aggressive if we wanted to win this game," Latham said. "I saw seams and had to attack them."
Senior Liza Otto and Katrina Hodgkins each scored 10 points.
Manchester exacted revenge on the Tomahawks in the Class LL quarterfinals, winning 59-56 in overtime.
Tolland Reaches State Finals
Tolland aimed to send the ball down low in the CIAC Class M state tournament semifinals on March 9. And Tolland, the taller team, was highly effective in getting senior center Jenna Lovett to break through for 24 points as the Eagles defeated Ellington 60-38 to advance to the state championship game on March 16 or 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena against Weaver.
The Eagles, who improved to 25-2, were seeded second in the 33-team tournament. They beat St. Paul 59-20 in a first-round game on Feb. 27 and Notre Dame-Fairfield 50-26 in the second round on March 1 to reach the quarterfinals where they defeated Suffield 60-41 on March 5.
Eagles senior Kristin Schatzlein, headed to Fairfield University next fall, was named Connecticut Girls Basketball Gatorade Player Of The Year. Entering the semifinals, she was averaging 18.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 4.2 steals and 1.7 blocked shots.
Ellington finished 24-3 in losing to Tolland in the Class M semifinals. The Knights won their second straight NCCC tournament championship by defeating Suffield 48-45 on Feb. 23. They advanced to the state semifinals as the No. 3 seed by beating Weston 62-44 on Feb. 27 in a first-round game, Trinity Catholic 49-40 in the second round on March 1 and Waterford 59-46 in a quarterfinal on March 5.
Although the Knights will lose Kelly Conley, who averaged 24 points a game, Beeler looks forward to working with the core of next year’s team, including sophomore guards Karlee Alves and Jessica Malone and junior Brittany Lemire who tore her ACL in December and missed all of 2011-12.
South Windsor reached its goals, to qualify for the CCC tournament and the CIAC Class LL playoffs. “We hoped to go deeper,” coach Don Leclerc said. “We hoped at the start of the season that we’d gel at the right time. We didn’t play our best down the stretch.”
The Bobcats finished 12-10 with losses to Berlin (42-22) in the conference tournament’s first round on Feb. 18 and to Norwalk (48-39) in the Class LL first round on Feb. 27. Sophomore guard Christina Rozie was named All-CCC North. South Windsor will have to replace seniors Savannah Gray and Rachel Karlins but will be bolstered also by the return of freshman point-guard Amy McConnell.
No. 26 Somers reached the quarterfinals of the Class S tournament, losing to No. 2 Capital Prep 80-46 on March 8. The Spartans upset No. 7 Windham Tech 68-57 in the first round on Feb. 28 and No. 10 Platt Tech 61-50 on March 2 in the second round. … Rockville finished 4-16 having won four more games than a year ago. Most of the Rams will be returning in 2012-13. … Enfield wound up 3-17 and cross-town rival Fermi had a final record of 4-16. … Stafford concluded 2011-12 with a 1-19 record, defeating Canton 38-31 on Jan. 13. … East Windsor was seeded 25th in Class S and stunned No. 8 Putnam 60-35 on Feb. 28 but two upsets in a row were not in the offing. East Windsor (11-11) lost to No. 9 Hyde Leadership 58-37 on March 2.
Glastonbury, seeded 20th, was eliminated in the first round of the Class LL tournament on March 6. The Tomahawks (12-10) lost to No. 13 Hamden 74-71. They were defeated by Manchester 65-55 in the first round of the CCC tournament on Feb. 23. The highlight of Glastonbury’s season was a five-game winning streak from Jan. 6 to Jan. 20. Seniors Jason Katz, John Flaherty, Sam Donato and Zach Stone will be graduating. Center Jordan Butler was named All-CCC North.
“We were an inexperienced team who learned on the fly,” coach James Vaughan said. “We showed stretches of being really good but were inconsistent in our execution. With 50-plus points per game returning next year, we have high hopes.”
Enfield was the No. 1 seed in the CIAC Class M state tournament after a 20-0 regular season. The Raiders won the NCCC championship for the third year in a row by sweeping three games and entered the state playoffs at 23-0.
The Raiders (25-0) have been led by Trachone Preston, Hugh Lindo and Paul Lima. Lindo was named MVP of the NCCC tournament.
Enfield beat No. 32 Rocky Hill 70-42 in a Class M first-round game on March 6, then defeated No. 16 Weston 75-64 on March 8 in the second round. The Raiders were scheduled to play their third straight Class M game in their gym against No. 9 Ledyard (17-5) on March 12 in a quarterfinal.
In 2010-11, Enfield as the No. 4 seed lost a semifinal to No. 1 Career Magnet, which lost the championship game.
Ellington (8-13) trailed by a point in the final minute of its Class M first-round game against No. 4 Watertown on March 6 but turned the ball over and was eliminated 56-51. The Knights, who were seeded 29th, lose seniors Josh McCoy, Roy Weys, Nick Salwa, Matt Lechkun and co-captains Jake Gagne and Mike Cleary.
“They trapped us in the half-court at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter and capitalized on some turnovers,” said Ellington coach Don Flint, whose team was up by 10 points in the third quarter.
Point-guard Jon Bassett had an outstanding sophomore season, he said, and junior Matt Anderson averaged close to 15 points and 14 rebounds over the final six games. Junior forward Justin Dionne was averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds each when he injured his back and missed the final six games.
Tolland (10-11) lost to No. 12 Brookfield 62-58 in a Class M first-round game on March 6. The Eagles were seeded 21st “We had some quality wins,” coach Mike Lewis said, “unfortunately, we had some un-quality losses. They learned about competing this year.” Taylor Fortin, a junior, was All-CCC East. Junior forward/guard Matt Grospitch showed leadership and rebounded well, Lewis said. … Rockville finished 4-16 but won two of five games before losing the season-finale. Vince Desilets, one of eight seniors on the Rams, was named All-CCC East. They beat Plainville on Feb. 17 despite going 12-for-25 from the foul line. Freshman Tyler Johnson showed a promising future. … Somers wound up 7-13 but won two of it last four games after a five-game losing streak. The Spartans will return eight letter-winners, losing only Josh Patsun and Jayce Haynes to graduation. … South Windsor(1-19) lost its first 14 games before defeating Weaver 52-39 on Feb. 2. Conard qualified for the LL tournament on Feb. 17 by beating the Bobcats 61-57 in overtime. … Fermi (3-17) lost its first 17 games before closing out 2011-12 with three straight victories, defeating Platt 58-52, Rockville 65-58 and East Windsor 46-44. … No. 12 Terryville eliminated No. 21 Stafford (10-11) from the Class S tournament in the first round 60-48 on March 5. … No. 22 East Windsor lost to No. 11 Haddam-Killingworth 64-37 in the first round in Class S on March 5, its first state tournament appearance since the 2007 state finals. The team was led in scoring by Kevin Mocadlo and Dajon Farley, who are sophomores.