SW Girls Fall In CCC Final

PLAINVILLE – Basketball seasons are often a series of chapters. And through 23 games this season the book on the South Windsor High girls read like a best seller.

A perfect regular season and three straight victories in the CCC tournament set up a championship showdown with undefeated Farmington.

Two talented teams. Both undefeated and a near capacity crowd clamoring for something special. A perfect setting for a title game

But perfection is difficult to achieve and even harder to maintain. In the end, South Windsor’s inconsistent perimeter shooting coupled with Farmington’s size advantage in the paint proved too much for the Bobcats to overcome in a tough 61-52 loss, Wednesday night at Plainville High.

“It was unfortunate tonight that we just didn’t knock down shots,” said South Windsor coach Don Leclerc. “We pride ourselves on our ability to knock down three-point jump shots and to dribble penetrate and tonight our (shots) weren’t falling.”

South Windsor (23-1) held a 28-27 lead at the half, but Farmington’s Sophie Borg took over in  the third quarter, scoring nine of her game-high 19 points.  Borg and Hannah Friend (18 points) were a difficult matchup for the Bobcats all night. It is the rare game where South Windsor enjoys any sort of size advantage and Wednesday  against Farmington (24-0) was no different.

“I give them credit because they did use their size to their advantage. They hurt us on the boards, but our inability to knock down a jump shot shot tonight was what really set the tone,” Leclerc said. “If we knock down a couple of those three-point jump shots, it opens up the middle and then we can attack the rim.”

South Windsor fell behind by as many as 11 in the third and fourth quarters, but battled to cut the deficit to seven on a couple of occasions. Molly Murphy paced South Windsor with 16 points while Alex Goslin added 15.  Sarah Jackson finished with eight and Amy McConnell had seven.

So as the conference tournament chapter comes to a close for South Windsor, the Bobcats will now look forward to their next challenge:  the CIAC Class LL state tournament. South Windsor finished as Class LL runner-up last year and is the tournament’s top seed this year. South will host No. 32 New Milford on March 3.

Leclerc said that despite the conference championship loss, his team will be ready to make another post-season run.

“I believe in those girls probably more than anyone in the state of Connecticut,” Leclerc said. “If you had asked me at the beginning of the year would we be 23-0, I probably wouldn’t have thought so. But I knew that we would have a chance to be that because we have that tenacity with this group of girls.”

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