What caught my eye last week
The Southern Connecticut Conference tournament starts this week. Mercy’s the favorite, but don’t think your team has no chance. Here’s what caught my eye:
At least 1 reason why your team will win the SCC
• Mercy: Because they’re the favorite. The Tigers have only won one game by single digits, a five-point victory over Lyman Hall. However, in that win, the Tigers led by 15 points.
• Amity: Because they play great defense. The Spartans have only allowed 50 points or more four times this season. Defense wins championships, just ask Peyton Manning.
• Lyman Hall: Because they can outscore teams. The Trojans trio of Taylor and Nicole Mierzejewski and Krista Peterson account for most of Lyman Hall’s 54 points per game. They can shoot, drive and rarely turn it over.
• Career: Because they have Tanaya Atkinson. The senior walking double-double is as close to unguardable as a player can be in the SCC. She leads the team in scoring and routinely hauls in 10-12 rebounds a contest.
• Hand: Because they’re peaking at the right time. The Tigers are 10-1 in their last 11 games.
• Branford: Because guard play wins championships. Remember what Alyssa Alston meant for Career last season? Enter Adrienne DiGioia and Keira Integlia. The Hornets have talent and guards to get them the ball.
• Hillhouse: Because they’ve got Shyla Osmond. The guard is good enough to keep the Academics in any game, and anything can happen in a close game.
• Cheshire: Because they’re tough. The Rams played without Missy Bailey in the middle of the season due to an ankle injury, and players like Sara Como and Jill Howard stepped up. Nothing’s scarier in the playoffs than a team with confidence.
• Sheehan: Because they’re one play away. The Titans have lost five games by single digits, one by two points and another by one measly point. They may be due.
• Sacred Heart Academy: Because they’ve been playing playoff intensity basketball for a month. The Pacers started the season 2-6 and had to get it together to close the year out strong and qualify for states.
• East Haven: Because they may be better than their record. The Yellow Jackets also started slow, but with Jessica Benevento, Jenna Gaudioso and Jill and Cailey Korwek, East Haven could very well surprise some teams.
• North Haven: Because all scoring draughts have to end eventually. The Indians have been held under 50 points 14 times this season. However, with Jill Johnson, who scored 40 by herself, and Haley Arnaoutis, the Indians could put it together.
Vote for me
• The Baller of the Week was Presley Altieri (Guilford) who scored 19 points, had four assists and four steals in a 43-30 triumph over Foran on Feb. 4. She received 43 percent of the 890 votes. Thanks to all who voted.
This week’s poll is a bit different. 31 percent of people voted Cheshire’s Missy Bailey the point guard they’d like to start a team with. What about a forward?
Vote at www.gametimect.com. Poll closes Saturday at noon.
The best quote from last week.
“You can’t get mad at your own kids because they play so hard,” said Coginchaug coach Nick Economopoulos.
— Coginchaug coach Nick Economopoulos Friday after his team fell to streaking Cromwell 43-38
• Mercy at Career, Tuesday at 2 p.m..: SCC Final preview?