Girls Basketball State Tournament Seedings; Suffield Top in Class M

The CIAC Girls Basketball state tournaments will begin on Monday and Tuesday night. A number of local teams are among the top contenders.

Class M

Suffield is the top seed in the tournament. The Wildcats went 18-2 in the regular season, and blew out East Windsor 53-29 in the NCCC Tournament championship game this past Thursday. Suffield will host No. 32 WCA (9-12) Tuesday, and will face off against either No. 16 Weston or No. 17 Lewis Mills on Friday if they win. It lost to Morgan in the first round last season.

Tolland is ranked 28th. The Eagles went .500 (10-10) in the regular season. They will travel to Bethel Tuesday for a matchup against the No.5 Wildcats. If Tolland pulls of the upset, it will face either No. 12 St. Bernard or No. 21 Coginchaug three days later. The Eagles lost to Notre Dame-Fairfield in last year’s first round.

No. 29 Ellington, which also went .500 during the regular season and fell to East Windsor in the first round of the conference tournament, will face No. 4 New Fairfield Tuesday. The Knights lost in last year’s first round to eventual champion Cromwell.

Class LL   

Enfield is competing in LL this season after its merger with Fermi High. The Eagles are the No. 2 seed, behind only Trumbull. They have had a magical year so far, going 19-1 in the regular season and then blowing out Middletown to win the CCC Tournament championship last Wednesday. Enfield will host No. 34 Westhill (10-11) on Tuesday, and would battle either No. 15 Bristol Eastern or No. 18 Lyman Hall in the second round. It advanced to the semifinals of last year’s Class M Tournament before losing to Notre Dame.

No. 6 Glastonbury went 17-3 during the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the CCC Tournament by beating Windsor and Wethersfield before falling to Enfield in the semifinals. The Tomahawks will host rival South Windsor Tuesday, which is seeded 27th. The Bobcats went 12-8 during the regular season and lost in the first round of the conference tournament to Bristol Easter. The winner of the game will face either No. 11 Stamford or No. 22 Staples on Friday. South Windsor advanced to the semifinals of last year’s tournament before losing to Stamford, while Glastonbury advanced to the quarterfinals.

No. 36 Manchester, which went 8-12 during the regular season, defeated No. 29 New Britain 77-73 in the play-in game on Wednesday. The Indians will face No. 4 Middletown Tuesday. If they upset MHS, Manchester will battle either No.13 Newtown or No. 20 Wethersfield. The program did not qualify for last year’s tournament.

Class L

RHAM is the lone team that qualified for the tournament, earning the fifth seed. The Sachems went 15-5 and then lost in the quarterfinals of the CCC Tournament to Middletown. They will play No. 15 Northwest Catholic in the first round on Monday. If RHAM wins, it will host either No. 12 Barlow or No. 21 Hillhouse Thursday. It lost in the quarterfinals last year.

Class S

Somers, which went 7-13 in the regular season, is the No. 31 seed. It will face No. 2 Housatonic Monday. With a win, the Spartans will face either No. 15 Old Lyme or No. 18 HMTCA. They did not qualify for last year’s tournament.

 

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