After Wilton rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Mercy in the Class LL semifinals, Warriors fans could be seen holding signs up that read, ‘#finish.’
On Saturday, Erin Cunningham was going to make sure the Warriors not only finished well, but started hot, too. The Trinity College bound senior guard recorded game-highs of 33 points and 19 rebounds, 21 of her total points coming in the first half, as the second-seeded Warriors routed top-seeded South Windsor 73-45 in the Class LL final at Mohegan Sun Area.
This is the Warriors first state title as Wilton closes the season 25-2. Going into the state tournament, Wilton was ranked No. 8 in the GameTimeCT.com/Register Top 10. Wilton becomes the first FCIAC team to win a Class LL state crown since Norwalk in 2000.
“My team was just finding me when I was open,” Cunningham said. “I was open, I was just putting them up and they were going in.”
Sounds simple, but Cunningham’s hot shooting made South Windsor’s day very difficult from the onset.
“Right off the bat, 10 seconds in, we’re down three nothing,” said Bobcats coach Don Leclerc. “It gives (Wilton) confidence. In this game confidence coming out of the gate is huge.”
Meanwhile South Windsor falls in the state final for the second straight season. The Bobcats lost to Lauralton Hall last season and close this year at 27-2.
South Windsor closes the season at 27-2. Its only other loss came to Farmington, a team that almost defeated top-ranked Capital Prep in the Class L semifinals.
The Bobcats were led by Amy McConnell with 12 points, but on five of 21 shooting. Alexandra Goslin added 10 points, but shot three of 12. The Bobcats shot 1-for-15 from 3-point range and 28 percent from the field.
In addition to Cunningham’s big day, which included 12 of 20 shooting from the floor, Wilton got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Erica Meyer, the Providence-bound senior center and 10 points from Makenna Pearsall on four of five shooting from the field.
Wilton took control from the onset as Cunningham put on a long distance shooting display in the first half draining four out five triples. The rest of the Warriors followed suit and shot 51 percent from the floor to claim a 45-25 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Wilton kept pouring it on and stretched the lead to 61-34 going into the fourth. Every Bobcat bucket was followed up by a Wilton one and the times South Windsor could not find the bottom of the net, the Warriors made them pay and finally finished the job.
“This is the best way to end out a season,” Meyer said. “I’m so happy it happened my senior year. I can start off my college career with a bang.”
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