For the second-consecutive week, the state’s No. 1 ranked team lost when Fairfield Warde upset newly-crowned Trumbull, 54-53.
Voters were conflicted on which team to pass the mantle. In the end, New London received six first-place votes to outpoint both Capital Prep (4) and Trumbull (2) and reclaim the ranking it lost last week.
New London’s final opponent is new No. 10 Norwich Free Academy, which returns to the top 10 for the first time since the preseason thanks to Middletown’s loss to RHAM 71-43 on Saturday.
Mercy’s victory over Career enabled to Tigers t0 leap into the No. 5 spot. Career fell to No. 6.
The GameTimeCT / Register Top 10
|1. NEW LONDON||18-1||6||340||3||LL|
Bottom Line: The Whalers return to No. 1 after a week’s respite. They wrap up the regular season vs. No. 10 Norwich Free Academy on Tuesday. The Whalers beat NFA 53-37 back in December.
|2. CAPTAL PREP||12-5||4||324||2||L|
Bottom Line: The Trailblazers lost to Boston Cathedral (Mass.) in their final out-of-state game. They’ll wrap up the regular season with two games vs. University and one vs. Goodwin Tech.
Bottom Line: It wasn’t a long stay at No. 1 for Trumbull, which lost its first game of the year 54-53 to Fairfield Warde. The Eagles are still on course to be the top seed in the upcoming FCIAC Tournament.
Bottom Line: Enfield has won five straight since suffering its first loss of the year. The Eagles wrap up the regular season vs. Bloomfield and Rockville.
Bottom Line: Mercy got the best of Career for the second time this season. They’ll look to win their seventh-consecutive game in the regular season finale vs. Hamden.
Bottom Line: The good feelings of Career’s upset of No. 1 New London were quickly dashed by Mercy. The Panthers finish the regular season vs. Hillhouse before heading to the SCC tournament.
Bottom Line: Hand eased past Lauralton Hall in its only game last week. The Tigers finish with Guilford and Hillhouse before the SCC tournament.
Bottom Line: Ridgefield can clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the FCIAC tournament with victories over Westhill and Norwalk in its final two games.
|9. HOLY CROSS||17-1||0||156||T9||L|
Bottom Line: The Crusaders defeated Sacred Heart 63-50 and can wrap up an unbeaten NVL regular season with victories over Wilby and Crosby.
Bottom Line: NFA returns to the Top 10 for the first time since the preseason poll. The Wildcats have a showdown with No. 1 New London and wrap up their regular season vs. Stonington.
Dropped out: Middletown (7)
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
Middletown (17-2), 93; Suffield (18-1), 82; Glastonbury (15-3), 81; Canton (16-2), 68; Hall (15-3), 63; New Fairfield (15-3), 43; E.O. Smith (14-5), 33; Stamford (14-4), 31; Bethel (16-3), 28; Notre Dame-Fairfield (15-3), 27; Fairfield Warde (12-6), 25; Norwalk (14-4), 10; East Haven (15-4) and Conard (16-3), 9; RHAM (13-5), 7
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; David Danko, Fairfield Warde; Eric DeMarco, Notre Dame-Fairfield; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Tim Jensen, Patch; Mike Madera, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, HAN Network; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Rick Wilson, Waterbury Republican-American; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle. Did not vote: Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record-Journal