For the third-consecutive week the No. 1 team lost, paving the way for another change at the top of the GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Girls Basketball poll as league championship week got underway.
New London, which reassumed the top spot when Trumbull was upset by Fairfield Warde two weeks ago, was upset again — this time by ECC rival NFA in the regular season finale.
While voters remained split on who they felt should be the top team — they cast a similar amount of No. 1 votes for Trumbull, Capital Prep and Enfield — Trumbull ultimately emerged from the pack to take over the top spot for the second time in three weeks.
Both New London and Trumbull will get to avenge their regular-season losses in their respective league tournaments. New London faces NFA in the ECC Division I final. Trumbull takes on Fairfield Warde in the FCIAC semifinals.
The top nine teams remain alive in their respective league tournaments. Only Career, which fell from No. 6 to No. 10, exited on Saturday. The Panthers lost to Guilford in the SCC quarterfinals.
Bottom Line: The Eagles defeated Staples 54-37 in the FCIAC quarterfinals and will get to avenge their only loss of the season when they play Warde in the semifinals Tuesday at Ludlowe.
|2. CAPITAL PREP||16-5||4||349||2||L|
Bottom Line: The Trailblazers defeated Bullard-Havens 58-23 in the CSC quarterfinals and face fourth-seeded Bassick Tuesday as they vie for their 10th consecutive title.
|3. NEW LONDON||20-2||0||330||1||LL|
Bottom Line: The Whalers dropped from No. 1 for the second time after losing to NFA 59-51 in the regular-season finale. They meet NFA for the third time this season in the ECC Division I final Wednesday at NFA.
Bottom Line: Top-CCC tournament seed Enfield defeated Simsbury and E.O. Smith and faces Glastonbury in the league semifinals Monday, 3 p.m. at NWC.
Bottom Line: The second-seeded Tigers defeated Hillhouse and will face sixth-seeded Guilford in the SCC semifinals Monday, 6 p.m. at Law.
Bottom Line: The SCC’s top seed defeated Shelton 59-34 in the quarterfinals. The Tigers’ next test is vs. Hamden in Monday’s semifinals at Law, 7:45 p.m.
Bottom Line: Haley Conley scored 21 points in NFA’s upset of No. 1 New London, then added 41 in a 70-47 win over Bacon Academy in the ECC Division I semifinals. New London looms in the ECC final Wednesday.
|8. HOLY CROSS||20-1||0||207||9||L|
Bottom Line: The top-seeded Crusaders pulled away from pesky Wolcott, 67-48, in the NVL quarterfinals Saturday. They face Torrington in the semifinals Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Kennedy.
Bottom Line: The Dragons return to the top 10 after beating Southington in a 92-82 shootout, then avenged a regular-season loss to RHAM, 69-58 in the CCC quarterfinals. They take on Hall in the CCC semis Monday, 5 p.m. at NWC.
Bottom Line: The third-seeded Panthers were ousted from the SCC tournament by Guilford, now await seeding in the Class L tournament.
Dropped out: Ridgefield (8)
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
Glastonbury (18-3), 121; Ridgefield (16-4), 115; Hall (19-3), 78; Notre Dame-Fairfield (18-3), 68; Stamford (17-4), 65; New Fairfield (18-3), 60; Suffield (19-2), 40; Fairfield Warde (15-6) and Bethel (18-3), 30; E.O. Smith (16-6), Bacon Academy (16-6) and Conard (16-5), 8; Canton (18-3), 7.
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; David Danko, Fairfield Warde; Eric DeMarco, Notre Dame-Fairfield; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Tim Jensen, Patch; Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record-Journal; Mike Madera, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, HAN Network; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Rick Wilson, Waterbury Republican-American; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle.
Poll compiled by Sean Patrick Bowley
Correction: A previous version of this poll incorrectly listed NFA and Holy Cross’ rankings. They were reversed and have been corrected: NFA is No. 7 and Holy Cross is No. 8.