The Southern Connecticut Conference tournaments begins Saturday with first round matches. Sure, after Cheshire’s
run of 17 straight wins the Rams seem well on their way to capturing their fourth straight conference title. In 2012 the Rams shared the conference with Amity after inclement weather halted the tournament.
Not so fast.
There are a few teams and factors in the upcoming tournament that should make this seasons’s postseason a little tighter than last season’s.
First Round – Saturday, Oct. 25
#13 Hamden at #4 Lyman Hall – 4:30 p.m.
#12 Sacred Heart Academy at #5 Sheehan – 2 p.m.
#11 Branford at #6 Foran – 4 p.m.
#10 West Haven at #7 Daniel Hand – 3:30 p.m.
#9 Guilford at #8 East Haven – 4:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals – Monday, Oct. 27 – Game times TBA
Guilford/East Haven winner at #1 Cheshire
West Haven/Daniel Hand winner at #2 Amity
Branford/Foran winner at #3 Mercy
Sacred Heart Academy/Sheehan winner vs. Hamden/Lyman Hall winner
Semifinals – Wednesday, Oct. 29 @Higher Seeds
Championship Match – Saturday, Nov. 1 @North Haven HS – 6 p.m.
5 reasons why the SCC tournament is up for grabs
- Mercy: The Tigers fell to Cheshire in last year’s tournament final. Mercy has the experience going deep into the SCC tournament, too, falling in the semifinals to Amity. This season. The Tigers have gone 13-4 heading into Tuesday. The Tigers last loss, a 3-1 defeat to Cheshire. In last year’s loss to the Rams, the Tigers were competitive in each game, falling 19-25, 20-25, 21-25. As dominant as Cheshire has been this year, falling 3-1 as opposed to getting swept should be a confidence builder. Mercy is also one of only four schools to not get swept by the Rams.
- Amity: Remember those four teams that didn’t get swept off the court by Cheshire, Amity was one of them. The Spartans have long been a rival of the Rams. This year has been no different. Sitting at 16-2 heading into Wednesday, Amity closes SCC play against the Rams. Amity has reeled off eight wins in a row. With a new head coach, Seth Davis, the Spartans have remained just as good as when they were under the tutelage of Paul Thees. Amity is familiar with Cheshire and knows it can play with Cheshire. Anything can happen when these two take the court.
- Foran: The Lions have held it together all season, taken advantage of a less than stellar Hammonasset Division and managed to not get swept by the Rams, too. The Lions have received contributions from Janae Owen, Kelly Hunt and Kayla Ellis. Foran lost in the quarterfinals of last year’s SCC tournament, but fought Amity in five tough games in the defeat. The Lions have been just as resilient this season, going 3-0 in matches that go five games.
- Sheehan: The last team to avoid the Cheshire broom this year has been the Titans. Sheehan has been solid all season at 12-5 going into Wednesday. The Titans stay in matches. Only getting swept three times this year. Sheehan was blanked in its first meeting with Cheshire, Amity and rival Lyman Hall Meghan Gavin and Makayla Ricci have helped pave the Titans and if the solid play co to use into the postseason Sheehan will be a tough out for anyone.
- Anything can happen: 2012’s championship cancellation taught us that nothing is set in stone in the SCC tournament. Cheshire is and should be the heavy favorite. However, the conferences elite are still formidable opponents.