South Windsor girls basketball coach Don Leclerc has his players shoot somewhere around 50 free throws every day at practice.
It paid off as the Bobcats made 27 of 35 on their way to a 58-40 victory over Westhill in the Class LL semi-finals on Friday at Kennedy High School in Waterbury.
The Bobcats will play Lauralton Hall, a 52-43 winner over defending champion Mercy, in the Class LL championship at Mohegan Sun next weekend either March 22 or 23.
South Windsor took control early, but the Vikings defense kept them in the game. After trailing by 13 midway through the second quarter, Westhill got it to within seven at the half and then four after three quarters.
The Bobcats went to the line 16 times in the final period, making all but one free throw.
Olivia Bolden led South Windsor with 16 points and Christina Rozie had 11, with nine of them coming from the charity stripe. Kristina Russo added 10.
Tyler Evans led Westhill with 14 points.
South Windsor will be making its first finals appearance since 1978. The Bobcats have played in three state championship games, but have never won it all.