What caught my eye last week
What a surprise, snow screwed the week up. Here’s what caught my eye:
• Playoff bound?: East Haven opened the season 0-5, but has won five of its last six and is two wins shy of qualifying for the state tournament. A 45-33 victory over Law put the Yellow Jackets at 6-7 with games against Foran (4-9) and Wilbur Cross (3-10) this week. Jenna Gaudioso leads East Haven in scoring, averaging 8.3 points per game.
• Hands up: Wouldn’t “Hands Up” look really great on the team’s warm up shirts? I digress, the Tigers have been playing great team basketball and picked up their fifth win in a row in a 55-53 nail-biter over Sheehan. The only teams to beat Hand are SCC Housatonic leading Amity, Top 10 team Career, Housy contender Cheshire and Shoreline contender Haddam-Killingworth. All but the Career loss were single-digit defeats.
• The magic number: Is three, obviously. Especially if you’re Hamden Hall. St. Luke learned that in Hamden Hall’s 74-43 victory in which Hamden Hall drained eight triples. Sharp shooter Rachel Plotke made five en route to scoring 21 points, Joycelyn Dos Santos made two and Bianca Tomassini hit one.
Vote for me
• The Baller of the Week was Amity’s Elise Graham, who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 35-33 SCC Housatonic triumph over Lyman Hall on Jan. 17. Graham received 60 percent of the 883 votes. Thanks 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 have three or four kids who can handle the ball. In girls basketball, having guards like that is worth its weight in gold.”
— East Haven coach Anthony Russell, on his guards after a 45-33 SCC interdivisional victory over Law Thursday to pull East Haven within two wins of a state playoff spot.
• Lyman Hall at Cheshire, Friday, 7 p.m: The Housatonic is the most competitive division in the SCC, and these two teams are chasing division leader Amity.