Class L girls basketball: Farmington outlasts Lyman Hall in quarterfinals

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Lyman Hall's Krista Peterson drives between Farmington's Brittany Galske, left, and Bridget Kelly during the first half. March 13, 2014.

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register) Lyman Hall’s Krista Peterson drives between Farmington’s Brittany Galske, left, and Bridget Kelly during the first half. March 13, 2014.

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.

CLASS L BRACKET | SCHEDULE / RESULTS

“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.

Photos: Lyman Hall vs. Farmington quarterfinals

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.

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Lyman Hall vs Farmington game action, March 13, 2014.

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register) Lyman Hall vs Farmington game action, March 13, 2014.

“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
(at Farmington)
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
FARMINGTON (52)
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

Comments

    • Commenter says

      OK…I know you are trying to be nice to the SCC here, but I am trying to understand this entire concept of how good the CCC is. The CCC has 32 teams. The SCC has 19. Over the past 15 years, the SCC has TWICE as many state championships in girls basketball as the CCC. And next year the SCC adds powerhouse Lauralton Hall.

      That’s twice as many championships, with less than 2/3 as many teams. With 32 teams, the CCC should have a team in the L or LL championship every other year, and win one every 3 years – just by luck alone. And that’s about what you see.

      CCC is very good this year, and probably will be even better next, but historically the SCC is the best conference in the state. You have a better argument for boys basketball I would think.

        • Fat Mike says

          Is that true? Who are some of these schools? What do they project as?
          I didn’t realize she had a strong handle or that kind of perimeter game.
          She looked to be very athletic, but not much finesse.

          • ciacfan says

            Don’t think that’s true. I think if she gets a three pointer by next year she could be a low D1. She is much more skilled than she looks. Definitely a scholarship D2 at worst.

            But judging a player by # of D1 offers is kind of ridiculous. Think that was ctgb’s point.

          • Fat Mike says

            Aah..yes Fitzpatrick 15 offers, 1uppin. I get it! Good one.
            Thanks for the additional information CIAC fan.

          • a very proud parent says

            Reading this thread you would think that the coaches give offers like they are candy, which I found was not the case, having been through the process for 2+ years. Letters are not offers, visits are not offers.I left some schools scratching my head wondering what exactly they had said. Some coaches were up front and to the point and others were how would you say wishy washy. 15 or 16 offers is a lot of visits, alot of cost and time so i kind of question that. That being said my daughter got offers from a few schools that I beieve knew that
            they did not have much of a chance and had nothing to lose. As you go higher up the ladder the offers are guarded because they certainly do not want you to accept when they really have their eye on someone else. There is a team fit and a scchool fit, the number does not matter.

  1. CCC Fan says

    FYI to Mercy fans. Tom Lipka was quoted as saying Sophie Borg was the best player he’s seen all year. That obviously includes Maura Fitzpatrick.

    • Fat Mike says

      After watching that coaching performance last night, I can see him making that statement. His best shooter (Petersen) couldn’t get a shot off in the 2cd half. He did nothing to combat this. They could not get the ball inside to their big. Borg was not playing Nicole. Farmington is good. Average athleticism as a group should not have controlled Lyman Hall’s offensive philosophy.
      Borg is big, athletic and extremely aggressive. Not nearly the player Fitzpatrick is. She got away with a lot last night with her aggressiveness.

      • Henry ChisholmHenry Chisholm says

        Love Borg’s game. Improved a lot from last year. However, Cheray had the biggest impact in my opinion.

        • CCC Fan says

          Cheray’s five points in 30 seconds after LH took the lead was the difference. They are both big-time players. Both back next year

          • Sportsfan says

            Plus freshman Schoeneher, #24 also did a nice job on the much taller post player from LH

        • Irish says

          Looks like the CIAC remembered that Monday is a holiday! Farmington-Weaver game is changed till Tuesday at 7:00!

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