NEWINGTON - The Newington girls basketball team is going to be playing for a title on Friday.
Led by double-doubles from Lilly Ferguson and Alexie Armour, Newington cruised past Southington in the CCC Championship Tournament semifinals 49-32 on Wednesday. Newington will host Windsor for the conference crown on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Ferguson, who transferred in from East Catholic, finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and four steals, while Armour scored 14 points herself and pulled down 13 boards as well. Teammate Madison Romanello also finished in double-figures with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals.
Allison Carr led the Blue Knights with 11 points and Livvy Pizzitola contributed 10 points. They were the only two Southington players to score more than six.
The game was close up until halftime.
Newington held a five-point advantage at the end of the second quarter, but quickly asserted itself over the final 16 minutes of the game. The team outscored the Blue Knights 15-9 in the third quarter and 12-6 in the fourth.
Middletown 71, Bristol Eastern 63: It was not the CCC Tournament the Lancers had been hoping for after such a strong regular season, dropping their final game of the season in the consolation round of the CCC Tournament. Bristol Eastern lost to Newington in the first round on Monday. The Lancers finish the year with a 10-4 record.
Wednesday’s game played out in a familiar pattern all night with Bristol Eastern taking a lead in the quarter only to see the Blue Dragons come back each time.
The Lancers’ Ciara Collins was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points, while Sage Sacarritt added 10 points and Cali Doyon added nine.
Middletown had four players in double figures: Tyah Pettaway with 21, Shadae Bushay with 20, Shalyn Smith with 13 and Kya Mayo with 10.
Bristol Eastern jumped out to a 9-3 lead after two minutes of play, including three hoops from Collins and a hoop by Kehler off a steal. But the Blue Dragons came back and took a 23-19 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lancers went on a 14-0 run over the first couple minutes of the period, opening up a 33-23 lead, only to see Middletown come back and cut the lead to 37-34 at the half. Collins scored 12 points in the quarter for Bristol Eastern.
The third quarter saw the Lancers score the first five points of the period, taking a 42-34 lead, before Middletown came back and outscored Bristol Eastern 18-8 over the rest of the quarter and lead 52- 50 going into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded baskets for the first four minutes with a 3-pointer by Collins at the four-minute mark giving the Lancers a 61-58 lead. But the Blue Dragons outscored Bristol Eastern 13-2 over the final four minutes to come away with the win.
Plainville 51, Enfield 42: The Blue Devils made sure to finish out their season on a strong note.
Plainville got another strong performance from Jaida Vasquez, who finished with a game-high 24 points, and Kori Jones, who added 15 points as well, to help the Blue Devils close out the year with a 10-4 record.
Plainville also got a strong defensive effort form Lilly Wazorko.
The game was close for the entire first half with the Blue Devils leading by one at the break, but Plainville was able to get a little bit of separation in the third quarter. The Blue Devils held the Eagles to just five points in the period, while finishing with 14 points themselves.
Plainville 90, Lewis Mills 81: The Blue Devils won their final dual meet of the season and put up some impressive times along the way.
In all, Plainville game away with 43 best times despite only have 18 swimmers, meaning 81% of the swims on Wednesday resulted in best times.
“That is an outstanding way to end what has been a tough season,” head coach Chris Zagorski said. “I am extremely proud of this team for fighting the way they have this year and I am excited to see how their times stack up to the rest of our conference.”
The Blue Devils won seven of the 12 events against the Spartans with Joe Michalic (200 freestyle, 2:00.66; 100 butterfly, 59.19), Spencer Michalek (200 IM, 2:16.55), Brandon Paznokas (100 backstroke, 59.32) and Matt Lagassey (100 breaststroke, 1:10.41) coming away with individual victories.
Plainville also won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
“It is hard to single out anyone in what was a complete team effort, but I do want to mention that Joe Michalic and Patrick Kapusta were able to earn personal records in all four events they swam today,” Zagorski said.
Southington: The Blue Knights competed in their postseason meet experience against Farmington at Cornerstone in West Hartford and once again had a number of notable standouts.
Landon Colby was a double winning in the 200 IM (2:00.57) and in the 100 butterfly, breaking the Southington High School record that had stood since 1992 in the process with a new record time of 52.00.
Alex Rosania also set a new school record after he took first in diving and came away with a score of 463.90 in the 11 dive. Justin Vaillancourt was runner-up in diving with a score of 394.90.
Alex LeClair took first in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:51.83 and was runner up in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:01.96, while Matt Niro won the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.00 and was runner-up in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.43.
Jackson Malesheske placed first in the 500 freestyle, breaking the five-minute mark with a time of 4:57.86 and was runner-up in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.07. Brett Sheldrick was runner-up in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.35
The 400 free relay team of Colby, Niro, Malsheske and Peter Zalewski finished first in a time of 3:25.32