Weaver Ousts South Windsor

Shaquana Edwards and Dejane James, Weaver High School girls’ basketball team’s exquisite guards, proved to be too much for South Windsor High on Monday evening, as the Beavers raced past the Bobcats 65-51 in the semifinals of the CCC tournament at New Britain High.

Indeed, Edwards and James scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, to lead second-seeded Weaver into the conference title game against No. 4 E.O. Smith on Wednesday.

“They have two guards who can dribble drive and kick it out for a 3 … it’s difficult to stop,” South Windsor head coach Don Leclerc said.

After taking a 15-11 first-quarter lead, the Beavers (20-2) exploded for 26 points in the second quarter to take a 51-41 lead into halftime.

Much of that had to do with the hot shooting of Edwards.

“She’s just a sophomore,” Weaver head coach Wendell Williams said of Edwards. “She is also one of the most coachable players I’ve ever had. She’s relentless. I cannot say enough about her.”

Rayven Smith and Amanda Stewart each had eight points for the Beavers.

South Windsor (19-3), which split the regular-season matchup with Weaver, was led by Molly Murphy, who had 11 points. Olivia Bolden and Christina Rozie each had 10 points for the Bobcats, while Kristina Russo had eight points, Lauren Biancardi and Sara Jackson had five points apiece and Alex Gosslin had two.

“Our girls never gave up, no matter what the score was,” Leclerc said. “{Weaver] had two big runs that gave them a big cushion.”

The Bobcats head into the state Class LL tournament as the No. 4 seed.

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