Overview: In what could be the most competitive field from top to bottom, the top seeds could be the biggest question marks. Although top-seeded South Windsor defeated No. 4 Norwich Free Academy this season, handing the Wildcats their only loss, the Bobcats fell to Class L top-seed Farmington in the Central Connecticut Conference final. South Windsor also didn’t play too many heavyweights en route to its 20-0 regular season.
Ridgefield, the ninth-seeded team, knocked off No. 2 Wilton in the FCIAC semifinals. Meanwhile Mercy, the No. 3 seed, got all it could handle from Class L’s fifth-seeded Hand, gutting out a 57-52 victory in the Southern Connecticut Conference final.
Upsets on the horizon?: No. 18 Cheshire over No. 15 Crosby in opening round. No. 22 Fairfield Ludlowe over No. 11 Nonnewaug in the opening round. No. 9 Ridgefield over No. 8 Greenwich in second round. No. 10 Stamford over No. 7 Career in second round. No. 9 Ridgefield over No. 1 South Windsor in quarterfinal round. No. 5 Fairfield Warde over No. 4 Norwich Free Academy in quarterfinal round.
Final Four: No. 9 Ridgefield, No. 5 Fairfield Warde, No. 2 Wilton, No. 3 Mercy
Champion: No. 3 Mercy tops No. 5 Fairfield Warde at Mohegan. Buzzer beater may be required.
Overview: Remember the story of Larry Bird walking into the locker room at the 3-point shooting contest and saying, “Who wants second place?” That’s Capital Prep. After blitzing Mercy by 40 in January the Trailblazers have been No. 1 in the GameTimeCT.com/Register Top 10. Farmington is actually the No. 1 seed in the tournament, and possesses a good amount of talent in 2014 All-State selections Sophie Borg and Cheray Saunders. The Indians also have Delaware commit Hannah Friend. No. 5 Hand is arguably the third best team in the Class with a strong candidate for Coach of the Year Tim Tredwell. However, after Larry Legend dished out his bit of trash talk, he went on to win the contest. Insert Capital Prep.
Upsets on the horizon?: No. 19 Kennedy over No. 14 Law in the opening round. No. 22 North Haven over No. 11 Northwest Catholic in the opening round. No. 9 Pomperaug over No. 8 Avon in the second round. No. 7 Sheehan over No. 2 New Fairfield in the quarterfinals. No. 6 Bristol Eastern over No. 3 Torrington in the quarterfinals.
Final Four: No. 1 Farmington, No. 4 Capital Prep, No. 7 Sheehan, No. 6 Bristol Eastern.
Champion: No. 4 Capital Prep takes down No. 6 Bristol Eastern.
Overview: It’s hard to complete a perfect season. Morgan did that. It’s hard to beat a team three times in one year. Morgan did that, too. The Huskies are the top seed in a top heavy field. The Huskies defeated Cromwell, the No. 4 seed, three times this season. Morgan comes in as a heavy favorite. New London, the No. 3 seed and defending champ, still has strong post and guard play. The Whalers lost to NFA in the ECC final, but should still charge deep into the postseason. So should No. 2 Holy Cross, which lost in the Naugatuck Valley League final to Torrington. No. 11 St. Joseph is also a force to be reckoned with, due to its tough defense. Morgan is hoping the Run to the Sun is not too hard, since it earned the top seed. However, overcoming the difficult hasn’t been so tough for the Huskies in 2015.
Upsets on the horizon?: No. 25 Wolcott over No. 8 Goodwin Tech in the opening round. No. 9 East Hampton over No. 25 Wolcott in the second round. No. 12 Waterford over No. 5 Bullard-Havens in the second round. No. 11 St. Joseph over No. 6 Suffield in the second round.
Final Four: No. 1 Morgan, No. 4 Cromwell, No. 2 Holy Cross, No. 3 New London
Champion: In a rematch of lat year’s final, Morgan gets revenge and defeats New London after to losing to the Whalers in 2014.
Overview: Thomaston had something to prove going into last year’s final. The Golden Bears got blasted by Capital Prep in the 2013 championship, 84-55. Last season, the motivated Golden Bears dubbed themselves Angry Bears and topped St. Paul in double-overtime in the title game. So that means this year St. Paul has something to prove, right? Would that make the Falcons angry birds? Either way, No. 2 St. Paul fell early in the NVL Tournament and Thomaston cruised to a Berkshire League crown. Also No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield has hit its stride and advanced to the South-West Conference final before falling to Class L’s New Fairfield by just eight points.
Upsets on the horizon?: No. 17 Kolbe over No. 16 Windham Tech in opening round. No. 21 Putnam over No. 12 Amistad in opening round. No. 10 Immaculate over No. 7 University in the second round. No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield over No. 4 Bolton in the quarterfinal round.
Final Four: No. 1 Canton, No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield, No. 2 St. Paul, No. 3 Thomaston
Champion: No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield defeats No. 3 Thomaston in the final.
2015 CIAC Girls Basketball Tournament
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Care About the Tournament: Because it’s going to be epic.
- The 5 Most Important Players in the CIAC Tournament: Kiah Gillespie’s on the list, but you knew that already.
- Everything You Need To Know About the CIAC Tournament: So Larry Bird walks into a locker room…
- GameTimeCT.com/Register Top 10: A couple new teams join in!
- Success?: Coaches not too happy with CIAC Tournament Success Rule.
- Big Turnaround: Gilbert came a long way. Find out where it ended up.
- 2015 Conference Tournament Recap