WALLINGFORD >> The fact that Lyman Hall had a chance to advance to the Class L quarterfinals Friday was motivation enough.
Taylor Mierzejewski said getting there by topping cross-town rival Sheehan just made it more fun.
“I know Sheehan was out to get us because we beat them twice already,” she said. “We just came out and did our best.”
The seventh-seeded Trojans dominated every area of the game and routed the 23rd-seeded Titans 60-42 at home to move on in the Class L state tournament.
With the win, Lyman Hall improved to 19-4 and advanced to play at No. 2 Farmington on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Sheehan ends its season at 12-12. Titans coach Mike Busillo said his Titans will be stronger next season.
“On paper — on paper is the important part — I think we’d be favored to win the Housatonic Division next year,” Busillo said. “That’s a tough spot for us to be in, but we have a lot of good players coming back. We’re certainly going to have a tough time replacing the kids we’re losing, but we have a good core group coming back.”
Junior Joelle MarkAnthony will be a big piece of the Titans’ title hopes next season. The forward finished with 20 points.
For Lyman Hall, Krista Petersen drained four 3-pointers in the first half en route to an 18-point performance and Nicole Mierzejewski added 18 points of her own, going 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Petersen said she was feeling it from downtown in the first half.
“My assistant coach said keep driving to the basket,” Petersen said. “I go, ‘Coach, I want to score some 3s.’”
Lyman Hall wasted no time in putting Sheehan away as the Trojans led 12-4 going into the second quarter. The rout continued as the Trojans dropped 21 points in the second to take a 19-point halftime lead. The Titans couldn’t put together a run, and part of that was due to the Trojans’ stifling zone defense, according to Lyman Hall coach Tom Lipka.
“We have great length,” he said. “Our guards are tall, our bigs are not slow, they can move and we can get out on shooters.”
Lyman Hall picked up where it left off after halftime and Mierzejewski scored nine points in the third as the Trojans wrapped up the victory and a trip to the next round.
“We’re definitely excited,” Petersen said. “We’re going to work hard in practice this week and we hope that we can come out of (Farmington) with a win.”
LYMAN HALL 60, SHEEHAN 42
Sheehan 4 10 14 14 – 42
Lyman Hall 12 21 13 14 – 60
Julia Franzik 2 0-0 4, Cassie Strickland 1 1-2 3, Olivia Collette 1 1-1 3, Katie Read 1 0-0 3, Joelle Mark Anthony 8 4-7 20, Kaitlin Lagase 2 0-3 4, Nikki Kern 2 1-2 5. Totals: 17 7-15 42
LYMAN HALL (60)
Naomi Rascati 2 0-0 4, Taylor Mierzejewski 3 0-0 8, Hayley Hergott 1 0-0 3, Nicole Mierzejewski 5 8-8 18, Samantha Becker 1 0-0 2, Krista Petersen 6 2-2 18, Kimberlyn Petit 2 3-7 7. Totals: 20 13-17 60
3-point goals: Sheehan 1 (Read 1); Lyman Hall 7 (Mierzejewski 2, Hergott 1, Petersen 4); Records: Sheehan 12-12; Lyman Hall 19-4