For the fourth straight year, Capital Prep finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the Register Top 10 girls basketball poll.
The Trailblazers (24-3) received 13 of 15 first-place vote and a total of 446 points from the panel of sports writers and coaches.
Unbeaten Class M champion Cromwell (28-0) finished second. The Panthers earned one first-place vote and finished with 408 points.
Class LL champion Stamford (25-2) also received one first-place vote and 396 points and ended up third.
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Capital Prep became the first girls team since Southington from 1986-1989 to win four titles in a row.
“That’s our goal — to be No. 1,” Capital Prep coach Tammy Millsaps said Monday. “It’s such an even more proud moment because we were able to make history and get in the history books by winning four straight state titles.”
Cromwell defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 43-20 in the Class M championship game. The Panthers were ranked second when the state tournament started.
“However people vote they vote,” Cromwell coach Kelly Maher said. “I’m just happy with how the kids are and how they played all year long.”
|1. CAPITAL PREP
Final result: Def. New London 51-48 to win the Class L state championship.
Bottom line: The Trailblazers finish No. 1 for the fourth straight season. It was the fourth straight title for Capital Prep, including the last three in Class L. The first title – in 2013 – was Class S. The Trailblazers have not lost to an in-state opponent since losing to Coginchaug in the Class S final in 2012.
Final result: Def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 43-20 to win the Class M state championship.
Bottom line: The Panthers won their second title in four seasons.
Final result: Def. Greenwich 50-45 to win the Class LL state championship.
Bottom line: The Black Knights captured their first CIAC state title.
|4. NEW LONDON
Final result: Lost to Capital Prep 51-48 in the Class L final.
Bottom line: The Whalers fell just short of capturing their second title in three seasons.
Final result: Lost to Stamford 50-45 in Class LL final.
Bottom line: The Cardinals were making their first trip to a state final.
|6. NEW FAIRFIELD
Final result: Lost to Capital Prep 67-58 in the Class L semifinals.
Bottom line: The Rebels lost only to Capital Prep and Class M runner-up Notre Dame-Fairfield this season in coach Joe Russo’s final game at the helm. Russo announced his retirement following the loss to Capital Prep.
|7. E.O. SMITH
Final result: Lost to Greenwich 69-60 in Class LL semifinals.
Bottom line: The Panthers trailed by 21 points against Greenwich before rallying to take a 1-point lead. The lead was short-lived, and the Cardinals ended E.O. Smith’s bid to play for a state championship.
Final result: Lost to South Windsor 52-50 in the Class LL quarterfinals.
Bottom line: The Tigers lost on a last-second layup to South Windsor.
|9. SOUTH WINDSOR
Final result: Lost to Stamford 66-57 in the Class LL semifinals.
Bottom line: The Bobcats fell a game short of advancing to the state championship for the third straight season.
|10. NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
Final result: Lost to Stamford 74-60 in the Class LL quarterfinals.
Bottom line: The Wildcats have not made a state final since winning Class LL in 2010.
Dropped out: Fairfield Warde (8), Enfield (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
Notre Dame-Fairfield (21-7), 158; Fairfield Warde (22-4), 154; Enfield (26-1), 119; Canton (21-6), 118; Holy Cross (24-3), 60; Bacon Academy (23-4), 50; Hand (22-5), 39; Thomaston (26-2), 36; Southington (20-5), 22; Morgan (21-5), 15; Trumbull (19-5), 11; RHAM (20-6), 8.
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Dave Danko, Fairfield Warde; Eric DeMarco, Notre Dame-Fairfield; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record-Journal; Scott Nails, Rye CDS; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, HAN Network; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Fred Williams, Northwestern; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.