FARMINGTON >> After going from a winless season to the top of the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Housatonic Division, Lyman Hall’s run to Mohegan Sun came to a premature end. The seventh-seeded Trojans fell 52-48 in the Class L quarterfinals to second-seeded Farmington on Thursday.
“We thought we had it,” Lyman Hall senior Taylor Mierzejewski said. “We played really hard. We’ve been practicing for weeks to get to this game.”
Farmington, which won the Class L tournament last season, improves to 21-3 and advances to play No. 3 seed Weaver in the semifinals on Monday.
“We know that Weaver is an exceptional team,” said Farmington coach Russ Crist. “We played them. We lost by nine this year on opening night. They have so many weapons.”
Lyman Hall ends its season at 19-5. The Trojans won a share of the SCC Housatonic Division and had seniors Taylor and Nicole Mierzejewski make the All-Housatonic team this season.
Lyman Hall was 0-20 in 2011-12 and followed that up with a 12-10 season last year. Trojans coach Tom Lipka said he is proud of the work his team put forth to get as far as it did.
“To where we were two years ago to where we are now is a huge jump,” he said.
For seniors like Taylor, Nicole and Krista Petersen, the end of their high school careers without a state crown is a hard pill to swallow. However, all three said they are looking on the bright side.
“It was an awesome feeling to even make it this far,” Petersen said. “Win or lose, I’m still happy.”
The Trojans were led by Taylor who had 22 points and Naomi Rascati who added 11 points. Meanwhile Sophie Borg led Farmington with 26 points and Cheray Saunders added 13 points.
The game was nip and tuck for the first three quarters, with Lyman Hall providing an answer to every Farmington run. Even though Lyman Hall was keeping pace, Farmington wore the Trojans down.
“I thought we were pretty even,” Nicole said. “In the beginning we got frustrated with our teammates because we aren’t used to the fast pace (Farmington) was running. That’s what brought us down.”
Farmington managed to take a 10-point lead midway through the fourth, before Lyman Hall came charging back again.
Taylor nailed a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 51-46 with 1:24 left, but the run came too late. Lyman Hall lost a rebound off a missed free throw out of bounds and then traveled after corralling another missed free throw on the ensuing possession.
“If we were on our game we could of beat them,” she said. “But we stayed with them and that’s all I could ask for.”
FARMINGTON 52, LYMAN HALL 48
Lyman Hall 10 12 12 14 – 48
Farmington 11 14 13 14 -52
LYMAN HALL (48)
Naomi Rascati 4 1-2 11, Taylor Mierzejewski 7 2-3 22, Nicole Mierzejewski 2 1-2 5, Krista Petersen 2 0-0 5, Sanantha Becker 0 1-2 1, Kimberlyn Petit 2 0-2 4. Totals: 17 5-11 48
Mary Schoenherr 3 0-2 6, Sophie Borg 9 7-9 26, Cheray Saunders 5 1-4 13, Brittany Galske 1 1-4 3, Bridget Kelly 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 9-19 52
3-point goals: Lyman Hall 9 (Rascati 2, Mierzejewski 6, Petersen 1); Farmington 3 (Borg 1, Saunders 2); Records: Lyman Hall 19-5; Farmington 21-3