FALLS VILLAGE — Early rounds of the CIAC’s Class S Girls Basketball Tournament are a bit like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.
No. 2 seed Housatonic’s 56-17 win over No. 15 Academy of Aerospace and Engineering was a classic example Thursday night.
The Lady Jets clobbered No. 18 Cheney Tech 51-38 in the first round Monday, but lost one of their key players to an injury in the process.
“She gave us a lot of energy,” said Aerospace coach Jane Manby Thursday night.
Without her, Jets freshman Ashanti McLean carried the Aerospace ball for 13 points.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers were in avalanche mode from start to finish. Despite having an off-night shooting, steals and fast breaks swept them to a 25-4 lead at the half and 42-12 after three quarters.
Freshman center Sydney Segalla led nine Housy scorers with 20 points, many of them put-backs, as the only other player beside McLean in double figures.
“I pulled some of my starters early because I didn’t want them to get into bad habits,” said Mountaineer coach Steve Dodge.
“We did not play up to my expectations,” said Manby, facing a two-hour bus ride back to Windsor.
The Mountaineers’ two-round cakewalk (43-15 over Ellis Tech in round one) ends Monday at 7 p.m. when No. 7 Trinity Catholic makes the long trip to Housatonic for the quarterfinal round.
No. 10 seed and fellow BL team Gilbert, a 63-60 winner over No. 23 Windsor Locks in the first round, stayed with the Crusaders for the first half in Stamford. Then Trinity Catholic ran over the Yellowjackets in the second to a 56-33 final.
By the quarterfinal round, Class S’s box of chocolates is a much more serious thing.