Girls Basketball – Enfield’s Perfect Season Ended

By Ted Rudolph

BERLIN –

The dream of a perfect season and a state championship went by the wayside for the Enfield High School girls’ basketball team Friday night.

Foul trouble for two of the Raiders’ key players played a significant role as 11th-seeded Notre Dame-Fairfield posted a 60-55 victory at Berlin High School to earn a berth in the Class M finals.

The Lancers will take on undefeated top seed Cromwell for the title next weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

It is the second straight year the Raiders have bowed out in the semifinals. Last season, Enfield fell to eventual state champion St. Joseph.

“Our girls played really hard, but we didn’t come out as well as I thought we would have after being here last year,” Enfield head coach Jay Gaucher said. “We just came out on the short end tonight. We were in a little bit of foul trouble and maybe a few calls didn’t go our way. They beat us at the free-throw line tonight too.”

Enfield’s Danielle Delano was whistled for three fouls in the first half, forcing her to come out of the game for a bit, but the bigger problem centered around 6-foot-3 forward Mary Baskerville, who picked up her third and fourth personal fouls early in the second half, relegating her to the bench with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

With the Raiders trailing near the midpoint of the final period, Baskerville re-entered the game and promptly scored a pair of hoops to bring Enfield within one at 47-46. However, with 2:49 left, she drew her fifth foul, disqualifying her for the remainder of the contest.

A three-point shot by Delano tied the game with 2:18 to play, but Precious Montgomery immediately responded with a trey of her own to push the Lancers in front to stay. Notre Dame sank eight free throws in the final 1:27 to seal the victory and a date at Mohegan.

Delano finished with a game-high 24 points and Baskerville had 13 in her limited playing time.

Taylor Ceballos led Notre Dame with 20 points, while Gabrielle Joseph added 13.

Enfield, which ran the table in capturing the North Central Connecticut Conference regular season and tournament championships, finished with an overall record of 26-1, the best in school history.

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