— Mike Madera (@MikeMadera2) February 27, 2019
MILFORD — Law senior Fallon Andriolas and her teammates had a goal of winning a home game in the state tournament as the season began. Consider that goal accomplished.
Led by 24 points from Andriolas and three Law players in double figures, No. 16 Jonathan Law defeated No. 17 Seymour 66-54 in the opening round of the CIAC Class M state tournament at Jonathan Law Tuesday evening.
With the win, Law (15-7) will play at top-seeded Northwestern, Friday evening at 7 p.m. in second-round action.
“This is amazing,” Andriolas said of the win. “We have been looking forward to this since the season started. Our goal has been to win at home. We want to keep going. We did not want this to be our last game.”
With the game close as Law led by eight, Andriolas and Cali Jolley (12 points) took over as Jolley drained a 3-pointer for a 41-29 advantage. Jolley added another 3 and Andriolas popped a 3-pointer of her own with 6:32 left in the game for a 49-35 advantage.
“In the second half, Fallon (Andriolas) and Cali (Jolley) hit big 3’s.” Law coach Dan Young said. “They can get hot quick. We needed to hit a couple of big baskets. Seymour is a tough team. We knew they were not going away.”
In a game which was low scoring in the opening quarter and saw 18 first half turnovers by the Wildcats, Law took a 26-18 lead to the half after Andriolas hit a shot from in close with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Seymour used a 3-pointer and a basket by Sydnie Drezek to get within 26-23 in the third quarter, but a basket by Samara Thacker (13 points) and four points by Andriolas gave Law breathing room again at 32-23.
“We had 18 turnovers in the first half,” Seymour coach Brian Cleveland said. “When you half 18 turnovers at the half, that is not a good recipe for success. I think we held them to one 3-pointer at the half, but they started to get going a little more in the second half. When you play a team like that which has five kids on the court that can shoot like that, you can’t take any plays off.”
The Wildcats continued to fight back in the fourth quarter, getting within 49-40 on two free throws by Drezek, but Andriolas answered with a 3-pointer and a basket in close to extend Law’s margin to 54-40.
“The key was our defense,” Andriolas said. “We felt we had an advantage when we were pressing them. We were able to get some fast breaks and we took advantage.”
Seymour got as close as 10 points twice in the final 3:18, but each time Law responded with a key basket or defensive stand.
“I am proud of the way the girls fought tonight,” Young said. “It is a state tournament game. They are hard played games and it comes down to who wants it.”
Law clinched the game by connecting on seven free throws in the final 1:50 to deny any chance of a Seymour comeback.
Drezek led Seymour with 19 points, while Morgan Teodosio finished with 14.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Fallon Andriolas — Law senior scored a game-high 24 points, including 14 in the second half.
“After the loss to Foran (SCC tournament), we were able to set the slate clean. The state tournament is a lot of fun and we were excited to get going.”
— Law coach Dan Young
Law 66, Seymour 54
Kolby Sirowich 2 2-6 6, Megan Condo 2 2-2 7, Sydnie Drezek 6 6-6 19, Morgan Teodosio 5 4-6 14, Kylie Drezek 1 5-8 8. Totals: 16 19-28 54
Cali Jolley 4 1-2 12, Fallon Andriolas 10 2-2 24, Samara Thacker 4 5-9 13, Pam Ellison 2 2-2 6, Liv Kowalski 3 0-2 6, JIll Hall 0 0-0 0, Shelby Green 0 2-4 2, Katie Konareski 0 3-4 3, Maddie Lula 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 13-23 66
Seymour 6 12 13 23 – 54
Law 7 19 15 25 – 66
3-point goals: Seymour (S. Drezek1, K. Drezek 1, Condo 1),; Law (Andriolas 2, Jolley 3)