New London’s girls basketball team will play for its first state championship after taking down top-seeded Holy Cross 44-32 on Friday at Branford.
Lexus Childs-Harris scored 14 points, including the last 10 of the game, for the No. 5-seeded Whalers, who will play the winner of Saturday night’s game between No. 2-seeded Cromwell and No. 6 Morgan at Mohegan Sun Arena either March 22 or 23.
I forgot it was the first time ever,” coach Kerrianne Dugan told The Day of New London. “I was trying to put it out of my mind today. … We’ve been talking about going to the Mohegan Sun since we picked teams at the beginning of the season, varsity and (junior varsity). That’s the goal. Whenever we had a bad day, this is what I would talk about with the girls.
New London, which received 10 points and 19 rebounds from sophomore Charee Osborne, led for almost the entire game, taking a 25-13 halftime lead and 27-20 after three quarters. Chelsea Houlihan led Holy Cross (25-2) with 14 points.
NVL tournament MVP Kiera O’Donnell was held to six points, though she did get the Crusaders within five points late in the game with a 3-pointer.
India Pagan scored seven points and had 13 rebounds for New London (23-4).