With New London losing its first game in two years — courtesy of a 49-43 overtime loss to Career on Saturday — Trumbull earned enough votes to claim the No. 1 ranking as the girls basketball season headed into the final few weeks of the regular season.
Hours after New London’s loss, which snapped a 43-game regular-season win streak, the Eagles defeated St. Joseph handily to claim the crown for this week.
Capital Prep, which defeated Bishop Loughlin (NY) 74-62 on Saturday, earned three No. 1 votes and returned to No. 2.
New London fell to No. 3 following its first regular-season loss since NFA in January 2015.
Career leaped from No. 7 to No. 4 with its victory. Ridgefield dropped from No. 4 to No. 7.
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Bottom Line: The Eagles took care of St. Joseph 48-30 Saturday to stay unbeaten and assume the No. 1 ranking vacated by New London. They face Wilton and Fairfield Warde this week.
|2. CAPITAL PREP||11-4||3||352||3||L|
Bottom Line: Angelique Rodriguez scored 31 points and had six rebounds as the Trailblazers defeated Bishop Loughlin, NY on Saturday night. It was Capital Prep’s second victory over a New York team this season. It returns to CSC play against Vinal Tech, University and Goodwin Tech before its final out-of-state game vs. Boston Cathedral on Feb. 11.
|3. NEW LONDON||17-1||0||336||1||LL|
Bottom Line: The Whalers’ 43-game regular season win streak came to an end in a 49-43 overtime loss to Career. It was New London’s first regular season loss since Jan. 21, 2015 (to NFA).
Bottom Line: The Panthers rallied from a 26-11 halftime deficit to knock off No. 1 New London and win their seventh-consecutive game. Career can avenge its last loss when it plays host to No. 8 Mercy on Tuesday. The Panthers lost the first meeting 58-42 on Jan. 18.
Bottom Line: Enfield has won three straight since suffering its first loss of the season to E.O. Smith on January 27. It faces Tolland and East Catholic next.
Bottom Line: The Tigers rebounded from their loss to Career with back-to-back victories. Hand wraps up its regular season vs. Lauralton Hall, Hillhouse and Guilford.
Bottom Line: The Dragons defeated Plainville 74-41 Friday to claim their second-consecutive CCC South White Division title. They’ve won six straight and wrap up the regular season vs. New Britain, RHAM and Rocky Hill.
Bottom Line: The Tigers upped their win streak to four games with three victories last week. They head to New Haven Monday for a rematch with No. 4 Career, which Mercy defeated 58-42 on Jan. 18.
Bottom Line: After a 57-39 victory over FCIAC rival Wilton, Ridgefield lost narrow, back-to-back non-conference games to Career (57-53) and NFA (59-54). The Tigers return to league play vs. St. Joseph and Staples this week.
|T9. HOLY CROSS||15-1||0||170||10||L|
Bottom Line: The Crusaders have won 13 straight and continued their unbeaten NVL season with victories over Woodland, Kennedy and Waterbury Career.
Dropped out: NONE
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
11. Norwich Free Academy (13-4), 121; 12. Bethel (15-2), 72; 13. Suffield (16-1), 66; 14. East Haven (14-3), 60; 15. Canton (14-2), 59; 16. Hall (14-3), 52; 17. Glastonbury (14-3), 47; 18. Norwalk (12-3), 39; 19. Stamford (12-4), 38; 20. E.O. Smith (9-5) and New Fairfield (14-3), 30; 22. Bacon Academy (12-5), 17; 23. Notre Dame-Fairfield (13-3), 8; 24. Conard (14-3) and East Hampton (15-1), 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.