Above: The Hailey Conley’s potential game-tying 3 falls off the rim for NFA as South Windsor hangs on (via Norwich Bulletin)
GLASTONBURY > South Windsor held off a Norwich Free Academy comeback and advanced to the Class LL girls basketball championship with a 54-51 victory in the semifinals Monday night.
Amy McConnell scored 21 points to lead South Windsor, which returns to the state final where it will face Wilton, a 54-53 winner over Mercy. The Bobcats lost last year’s championship game to Lauralton Hall.
The Bobcats led by as much as 14 points in the third quarter. But NFA rallied to tie the game at 49-49 with just over two minutes remaining. After retaking the lead late on a three-point, South Windsor had to endure three NFA attempts to either tie or win the game.
NFA’s Cebria Outlow made just one of two shots and South Windsor remained ahead by 52-51 with 16.5 seconds left.
An NFA steal seconds later led to a chance to take the lead, but the Wildcats missed the potential-game winning shot with 6.2 remaining. After a pair of South Windsor foul shots by Molly Murphy made it a three-point game, Hailey Conley’s potential game-tying 3 was off the mark for NFA.
Olivia Lane scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds and six blocks for NFA. Outlow had 11 points.