High School Girls Basketball

CIAC Class L girls basketball final:
Capital Prep 87, Northwest Catholic 59

Capital Prep-Hartford took a 21-point lead into the second quarter and cruised to an 87-59 win over Northwest Catholic-West Hartford in the CIAC Class L girls basketball game played March 22 at Moehgan Sun and seen LIVE on CPTV Sports. The game will replayed several times in upcoming days (replay dates below).

Two-time state Gatorade Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie had 42 points and 22 rebounds in her final high school game before heading to the University of Maryland. Junior Desiree Elmore, who has committed to Syracuse, added 30 points and 17 rebounds.

Capital Prep (25-1) will finish the season as the state’s No. 1 ranked team in the state and is rated 17th in the nation by USA Today.

Northwest (19-7), which trailed 30-9 after the first quarter, got 15 points from Haley Connors. Read the game story from The Hartford Courant’s Lori Riley here.

Replays: Sat. March 28 6:00pm; Mon. March 30 7:30pm; Mon. April 6 9:00pm.

CIAC Class LL girls basketball final:
Wilton 73, South Windsor 45

Erin Cunningham had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Erica Meyer added 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Wilton routed South Windsor 73-45 in the CIAC Class LL girls basketball championship game seen LIVE on CPTV Sports March 21. It will be replayed several times in upcoming days (replay dates below).

Wilton (25-2) won its first tile and was dominant from the start, taking an 8-0 lead 90 seconds in. They led 26-15 after the first quarter, 45-25 at halftime and 61-34 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors, considerably taller than the Bobcats, had a 54-28 rebounding advantage.

South Windsor (27-2) got 13 points from Amy McConnell as it lost in the final for the second year in a row and fourth time overall.

Read the game story from the Wilton Bulletin’s John Miscioscia here.

Replays: Thurs. March 26, 7:30 pm; Sat. March 28 midnight; Mon. March 30 9:00pm.

CIAC Class M girls basketball final:
St. Joseph-Trumbull 50, Cromwell 44

Bridget Sharnick had 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead St. Joseph-Trumbull to a 50-44 win over Cromwell in the CIAC Class M girls basketball final seen LIVE on CPTV Sports March 21 (replay dates below).

St. Joseph (19-7), the 11th seed, won its second state title and first since 1979.

Cromwell (23-5) rallied after trailing 31-16 at halftime. The Panthers cut the lead to 34-28 after three quarters and 47-44 with 1:07 to play after a basket by Emma Belcourt (16 points).

But St. Joseph closed it out at the free-throw line, where the Cadets outscored the Panthers, 21-8. Jacqueline Jozefick had 10 points (going 8-for-8 at the line) with 11 rebounds. Nicole Rojas had 13 points for Cromwell. Read the game story from the Connecticut Post’s Ryan Lacey here.

Replays: Tue. March 24 7:30pm, Wed. March 25 4:00am; Thur. March 26 midnight; Sun. March 29 2:00am; Wed. April 1 9:00pm.

CIAC Class S girls basketball final: Thomaston 52, Canton 50

Gabrielle Hurlbert stole a Canton High pass with two seconds left to give Thomaston a 52-50 victory over Canton in the CIAC Class S girls basketball championship game March 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena. CPTV Sports showed the game LIVE on-air and will show an encore broadcast Monday March 25 at 9:00pm.

Hurlbert, whose sister Abby made three consecutive free throws to give Thomaston the 2014 title, had a chance to clinch it with eight seconds left. But after missing two free throws, Hurlbert recovered to steal a pass from Canton’s Emily Briggs near midcourt. Hurlbert finished with seven points, four rebounds and three steals.

Thomaston (23-3) was led by Morgan Sanson (13 points), Julia Quinn (12) and Nicole Schaefer (11). Casey Carangelo added 15 rebounds for Thomaston, which outrebounded Canton, 47-31.

Briggs had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Canton (22-4). Maggie Treachy added 15 and Gabrielle Rose 11. The Warriors only shot 26.4 percent (17.2 percent in the first half), but stayed in it by forcing 29 Thomaston turnovers. Jacquie Grabowski led Canton with six steals; Briggs had four.

SWC girls basketball final:
New Fairfield 58, Notre Dame-Fairfield 50

Emily Farrell scored 18 points and Kristen Teklits 15 as New Fairfield High defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 58-50 in the South-West Conference girls basketball tournament championship game Feb. 26 at Newtown High. The game was livestreamed at CPTVSports.org; the broadcast premiere is Saturday Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

New Fairfield (22-1) trailed by five in the third quarter before Farrell and Teklits took charge. Teklits scored all her points in the second and the two combined to go 8-for-12 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Ceballos had 13 points to lead Notre Dame (18-5). Read the game story by Richard Gregory of the Danbury News-Times here.

NVL girls basketball final: Torrington 56, Holy Cross 55

Torrington High held Holy Cross-Waterbury scoreless in the final two minutes as the Raiders held on for a 56-55 win over the Crusaders in the Naugatuck Valley League girls basketball tournament championship game played Feb. 25 at Sacred Heart High in Waterbury. The game was live-streamed at CPTVSports.org; the broadcast premiere is Saturday Feb. 28 at 9:00pm.

Tournament MVP Brie Pergola (18 points) scored Torrington’s last four points at the free-throw line.

Rashana Siders had 22 points for Holy Cross (20-2).

Read the game story from the Waterbury Republican-American’s Rick Wilson here.

HS Girls Basketball: Norwich Free Academy 54, Stonington 29

Cebria Outlow had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Norwich Free Academy to a 54-29 victory over Stonington in an ECC girls basketball game Feb. 13 in Norwich. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Tuesday Feb. 17 at 7:30pm (because of technical difficulties, we were unable to show the game live as planned).

NFA, ranked sixth in the GameTimeCT.com state media/coaches poll, finished its regular season 19-1. Tatyana LaFrance Boyce scored 16 and Margot Calmar had seven rebounds for Stonington (13-6).

HS Girls Basketball: RHAM 58, E.O. Smith 51

Lia Baroncini scored 17 points, going 8-for-8 at the free-throw line, and Maresa Catenzaro came off the bench to add 13 as RHAM-Hebron defeated E.O. Smith 58-51 in a game between CCC East girls basketball leaders in Storrs Feb. 2. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Saturday Feb. 7 at 7:00pm.

Sydney Masna added 12 points for RHAM (12-4, 9-1 CCC East), which handed E.O. Smith its first conference loss this season. Iza Peczuh had 15 points for E.O. Smith (13-2, 9-1), which trailed by 15 in the fourth quarter before cutting the deficit. RHAM outscored E.O. Smith 23-3 at the free-throw line.

HS Girls Basketball: Lauralton Hall 53, Amity 44

Lauralton Hall took a 14-point halftime lead and held off Amity’s second-half comeback bid in a 53-44 SCC girls basketball win Jan. 30 in Woodbridge. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Tuesday Feb. 3 at 7:30pm.

Defending CIAC Class LL champion Lauralton Hall, which led 27-13 at the half thanks to 13 points from Amethyst Barzee (3-for-3 on three-pointers), improved to 8-5 and clinched a state tournament berth. Amity, which went on a 19-4 second half run to cut the lead to one, is 7-7.

HS Girls Basketball: Torrington 49, Watertown 43

Sophomore Brie Pergola had 26 points, including 17 of Torrington’s first 19 points, to lead the Raiders to a 49-43 NVL girls basketball win at Watertown Jan. 20. CPTV Sports was there and will show the broadcast premiere Saturday Jan. 24 at 7:00pm.

Pergola had two three-pointers as Torrington (10-1) took a 24-19 halftime lead. Abby Collier had 25 points for Watertown (8-4), which cut the lead to 29-28 before Pergola hit her fourth three to help Torrington take a 34-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

Collier scored 11 in the fourth quarter, including a three that cut the deficit to 36-33. But Torrington was able to close the game out at the free-throw line.

Read the game story from the Waterbury Republican-American’s Rick Wilson here.