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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Girls' Basketball State Basketball Championships

Taking a first glimpse at the state tournament fields, Class L is clearly the most loaded.
Fairfield Warde is the top seed. There's an intriguing matchup waiting in the quarterfinals between No. 4 Wethersfield and No. 5 Torrington. And it gets even better in the bottom half of the bracket. No. 2 Kolbe Cathedral and No. 7 Hillhouse, perhaps the top two teams in the class, should square off in another quarterfinal game. No. 3 Avon, the defending Class M champion, should be tested in the last quarterfinal game with No. 6 Kennedy. Some other teams from the area are No. 17 Hand, No. 13 Branford, No. 15 Lyman Hall, No. 26 Guilford and No. 31 Branford.
Class LL
Perhaps the best early-round matchup is in the Class LL field. No. 7 New Britain and No. 10 Mercy could meet in the second round. It's hard to believe one of these teams won't make it past the second round. The reason why these two teams are seeded so low, is because the Golden Hurricanes forfeited five games for using an academically ineligible player and Mercy was without their senior backcourt tandem of Rachel Roberts and Bianca Simmons after they were suspened for seven games for violating team rules. Then, the winner of that game will most likely have to face No. 2 Career. Though seeded No. 13 Wilbur Cross is no sleeper. Also in that bracket, Norwich Free Academy is the No. 1 seed, Lauralton Hall is No.3, Stamford is No. 4 and East Catholic is No. 5. Other area teams in the bracket include No. 14 Hamden and No. 25 Cheshire.
Class M
After a 19-1 regular season mark, Bacon Academy is the top seed. An Amie Toner-led Windham squad is No. 4 and could face No. 5 Morgan and Kara Fillion in the semifinals. The Huskies finished second in Class M field last year. No. 2 Ellington may have trouble with No. 7 Tolland in the semifinals. Another interesting game could be No. 3 Berlin and No. 14 Montville in the second round. No. 6 Haddam-Killingworth, which will compete for a Shorline Confernce title Friday against Old Lyme, could face the winner of that game. Other area teams include No. 19 Law, No. 25 North Branford, No. 26 Foran, No. 27 Woodland and No. 30 Sheehan
Class S
Unbeaten Wamogo is No. 1. It should coast until a possible matchup with Thomaston in the semifinals. A deep and balanced Old Lyme squad is No. 2 and Capital Prep, perhaps the best of the tech schools, is No. 3. Watch for No. 11 St. Paul and No. 15 Derby. Other area teams are No. 14 Platt Tech, No. 22 O'Brien Tech and No. 28 Coginchaug.
To look at all the tournament brackets click here.


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