The Berlin girls basketball team extended its winning streak to six games Thursday with a 54-26 win over Bristol Central. The Redcoats improved their record to 11-6 while the Rams fall to 7-9 and remain one win away from qualifying for the Class L state tournament.
Clare McGeever led the way for Berlin with 12 points on three three-pointers while Janessa Yaconiello added 10. Lillian Sirois was Central’s top scorer and finished with 10 points with five free throws while Brooke Watson added eight. Berlin’s defense made scoring difficult for the Rams as the Redcoats more than doubled their opponent’s scoring total.
This was the first of four straight home games to close the season for Berlin with their next matchup coming Saturday afternoon against Ellington, which the Redcoats beat by 38 on Feb. 9. Up next for Central will be a road game against Maloney at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Spartans snuck out of Bristol with a four-point win when the two teams met Jan. 13.
Bristol Eastern 63, Plainville 35: Ciara Collins and Taigan Parent scored 18 of the Lancers’ 22 first-quarter points to take an early 13-point lead over the struggling Blue Devils. Collins finished with 24 while Parent maxed out a 16 as Eastern picks up its seventh win of the season.
Plainville’s top scorer was Lilly Wazorko, who finished with 11 points and was closely followed by Elyse Brown’s nine.
The Lancers will host Conard at 1:30 on Saturday while the Blue Devils will travel to Berlin on Monday for their second-to-last game of the season.
St. Paul 60, Derby 23: 14 different players scored for the Falcons in their blowout win over winless Derby. They led 19-2 after the first quarter and never looked back as St. Paul dominated this game from the opening tip.
Sarah Lindquist’s seven points paced the Falcons as head coach Joe Mone was able to reach all the way to the end of his bench in this contest.
St. Paul is done for the week and will return to the court Monday for a road game against Wilby.
Goodwin Tech 51, Vinal Tech 25: Leading by two after the first quarter, the Gladiators shutout Vinal Tech in the second quarter and added 13 points to their lead.
Goodwin Tech had three players score at least 10 points, led by 16 from Ericka Aponte. Megan Lukeszewski posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds along with five assists. Avalise Hernandez was the only Gladiator to score from long range in this game, hitting two threes to finish with 10 points.
Goodwin Tech is now 12-5 this season and will close out its regular season with a pair of road games next week, starting with Wolcott Tech on Monday.
St. Paul 59, Wolcott 39: Steve Phelps earned his 300th win as Falcons head coach Thursday night with a 20-point victory over Wolcott.
St. Paul improves to 9-5 behind 29 points from junior Jamie Leggett, who hit 15 of 16 free-throw attempts in the contest. Leggett scored two points in the first quarter and then took control of the rest of the game to bring St. Paul one win away from securing a .500 season.
The Falcons will look to snag their third win in a row when they travel to Seymour on Saturday.
Avon 57, Southington 53: The Blue Knights fall to 4-12 after suffering their eighth loss in a row Thursday night. This was their fourth loss by five points or fewer as the team needs to win out to qualify for the Division II state tournament.
Ryan Hammerlund’s 28 points was not enough for Southington as Avon did just enough to stay in front when the final buzzer sounded.
The Blue Knight return to the court Saturday on the road against East Lyme.