What caught my eye last week
The Southern Connecticut Conference championship rematch between Career and Mercy took place and looked markedly different from last year’s game. Also Guilford’s Presley Altieri has ice water running through her veins. Here’s what caught my eye:
• Im-Pres-ive: Guilford coach Bob Welsh said Presley Altieri needs to shoot more. In a 52-51 victory over Cheshire, she shot enough and right in the nick of time. Altieri scored 18 points and nailed the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds left. She also added seven steals and six assists.
• Payback: It may have not been for the conference crown, but don’t think Career/Mercy in mid-January doesn’t mean anything. In an SCC final rematch, and what usually turns out to be barometer for both teams, No. 2 Mercy showed just how far former No. 3 Career has to climb to catch them, downing the Panthers 65-47 in Middletown. Maura Fitzpatrick had a game-high 23 points.
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• The Baller of the Week was Cheshire’s Missy Bailey, who scored a game-high 25 points and made six 3-pointers in a 51-43 win over Sheehan on Jan. 7. This was the second straight week a Cheshire player won. Bailey got 718 out of the 1,666 votes. Meanwhile Branford freshman Adrienne DiGioia got 717 votes. Close to the finish, Thanks again to all who voted.
Vote for this week’s Baller of the Week at www.gametimect.com. Poll closes Saturday at noon.
The best quote from last week.
“We found ways to finish and get the job done. I was proud of them not to get rattled. Late in the game, teams don’t give up — not in this league.”
— Hand coach Tim Tredwell, after holding on to a 56-48 SCC Hammonasset Division victory over Law in which the Tigers almost blew a 12-point lead Friday.
• North Haven at Hillhouse, Tuesday, 7 p.m: Two of the best scoring point guards, the Indians’ Jill Johnson and the Academics’ Shyla Osmond do battle in the Elm City.
— Henry Chisholm