The Central Connecticut Conference is the largest in the state, which means a large portion of the state tournament is CCC schools.
When I talk to coaches about how they prepare for tournament play, most of them say that playing in the CCC has prepared them, because it’s the best conference in the state. Of course this is a biased statement, but when there are 32 teams to choose from, there will be some great ones.
The 2014 girls state tournament (Class LL and M) started tonight with eight teams in Class LL and four in Class M playing games. Lets see how the CCC fared.
No. 13 Greenwich def. No. 20 Bristol Central, 45-28: In a low scoring affair, Greenwich held Bristol Eastern to 10 points in the first half, cruising to a Class LL first round victory. Chandler Walker scored eight points for Central while Christina Bouvier added seven.
No. 10 E.O. Smith def. No. 23 Newington, 45-39: Isa Peczuh had 12 points for E.O. Smith as the Panthers take down their conference foe and win the season rubber-match. The Panthers will travel to Norwich Free Academy on Thursday at 7 p.m.
No. 6 Career def. No. 27 Glastonbury, 67-50: After a not so spectacular showing in the SCC championship game, Career began its #RoadToMohegan with a decisive win over Glastonbury.
No. 4 South Windsor def. No. 29 Norwalk, 80-41: Norwalk made things interesting midway through the second quarter, closing the gap to a 24-21 South Windsor lead, but from there on out, it was all Bobcats. Olivia Bolden had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats. South Windsor will host No. 13 Greenwich on Thursday at 7 p.m.
No. 12 Daniel Hand def. No. 21 Southington, 57-37: Southington led 24-20 at the half, but couldn’t keep the momentum going as they fall to Daniel Hand of Madison in the first round.
No. 16 Simsbury def. No. 17 Hall, 49-43:
No. 9 Tolland def. No. 24 Windsor Locks, 53-31: The Eagles will travel to Bridgeport to play No. 8 Kolbe on Thursday at 7 p.m.
No. 20 East Catholic def. No. 13 Northwestern, 33-31: The Eagles will play Bullard Havens Tech in Bridgeport on Thursday at 7 p.m.
No. 22 Rocky Hill def. No. 11 Suffield, 43-34: Kirstyn Arcata scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and had five steals in the win for Rocky Hill. Jessica Carducci added 10 points and Jenna Chipkin had five and five. Rocky Hill will play Shoreline Conference runner-up Morgan next on Thursday at 7 p.m.
No. 18 Stonington def. No. 15 Plainville, 54-48: In Class LL games that included a CCC team, all higher seeds held serve. The upsets came in Class M where East Catholic “upset” Northwestern and Rocky Hill downed Suffield. The lone “favored” CCC team to lose was Plainville.