SOUTH WINDSOR - Over the course of the final minute of Tuesday nightâ€™s game New Britain girls basketball sophomore Tianna Sweeney stepped to the foul line four times.
How important each free throw turned out to be.
Sweeney sunk all four as the Hurricanes beat South Windsor 41-37, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the process.
â€śOverall, we competed the entire night and it was a good team win,â€ť New Britain head coach Marc Wesoly said.
But the Hurricanes also got a double-double effort from Raven Symone Jarrett. The sophomore finished the night with a game-high 19 points while pulling down 16 boards. Maya Slisz was second on the team in scoring with nine points.
Karly Suppicich led the Bobcats with 11 points.
After a slow start, New Britain outscored South Windsor 12-5 in the second quarter with both teams playing evenly in the third before Sweeney set the Hurricanes up for the win in the fourth.
New Britain is now 4-9 on the season.
Goodwin Tech 44, Grasso Tech 16: The Gladiators made sure to control this game from the very beginning and it was in large part thanks to a strong defensive effort.
Goodwin Tech jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, holding Grasso Tech to single digits in every quarter of the night, including zero in the fourth.
Paola Barbosa scored a game-high 15 points for the Gladiators, while Tanija Russell added 10 of her own.
Samarie Delgado was Grasso Techâ€™s leading scorer with eight points.
New Britain 80, Enfield 74: Coming off a two-game losing streak, the Hurricanes needed a win and win they did.
Daniel Kownacki, Jahfari Newman and Thameen Dupree paved the way for New Britain, scoring a combined total of 52 points to help beat previously 9-1 Enfield.
The Eagles held a 31-29 lead at the half, but the Hurricanes took the upper hand over the final two quarters, outscoring Enfield 51-43.
New Britain will next play Plainville on Thursday.
Conard 50, Innovation 33: The Ravens continue to play a tough schedule with mixed results. But if anything, they believe that will only be beneficial come postseason time.
It was a game Innovation started off strongly, holding a lead after the first quarter, before the Chieftains took control over the remaining three to roll to the easy win.
Linwood Hazelwood proved to be a bright spot for the Ravens, scoring a game-high 22 points. Carlos Gonzalez, the teamâ€™s second-leading scorer, continued eight.
Plainville 94, Buckley/HMTCA 69: The Blue Devils wanted to open up their divisional schedule on a strong note. They did that and more Tuesday afternoon.
Plainville won 10 of the 12 events to pick up an easy win and had a couple of swimmers qualify for states in the process.
Taegan Brochu qualified for states in the 200 IM, while teammate and Goodwin Techâ€™s Josh Donaghy did so in the 100 freestyle.
Joe Michalic was a double winner in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke; Marcos Gutierrez took first in the 500 freestyle; Graham Eyres won the 200 freestyle; Chris St. Lawrence finished first in the 100 butterfly; and Bryan Buckley won the diving portion of the competition.
Also swimming well for the Blue Devils were Zach McGough, who dropped close to a minute off his time in the 500 freestyle and Zach Dery, who placed third in his first diving opportunity of the season.
â€śIt was a good meet and a good way to start the divisional season,â€ť Plainville head coach Chris Zagorksi said. â€śWe have a tough meet against Berlin coming up and hopefully we can build off this over the next few days in the pool to get ready for that meet.â€ť
Middletown 102, Berlin 83: It might not have been the end result the Redcoats were looking for, but that didnâ€™t mean there wasnâ€™t plenty for the team to be excited about at the end of the meet.
â€śWe were ahead after the 500 free with four events to go, we just didnâ€™t get the result we wanted,â€ť Berlin head coach Dan Thurston said. â€śPhenomenal meet, phenomenal atmosphere. Meets against Middletown are always great. Proud of the way our guys stepped up.â€ť
In total, three swimmers qualified for Class M states - Kiernan Jennings (after winning the 50 freestyle), Peter Cugno (after placing third in the 100 breaststroke) and Zachary Nielsen (who placed second in diving after setting a new personnel best with a score of 176.85).
Connor Recck was a double winner for the Redcoats, taking the top spot in both the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. He also helped the 200 Medley Relay team, which included Kurt Bauer, Matt Uryga and Jennings, win.
Aaron Gauvin won the 200 freestyle, while other standouts for Berlin were Matt Dennis, who dropped two seconds in the 200 freestyle and five seconds in the 100 buterfly, as well as Greg Wadinger, who swam well in the 500 freestyle.
Hall 93, Southington 90: It wasnâ€™t the result the Blue Knights were looking for.
As for notable performances on the day, Chase Galayda took first in diving with a score of 229.25, while Derek Melanson took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.62.
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