BRISTOL - For a team that never stopped fighting all season despite the adversity it faced, it was only fitting that the St. Paul girls basketball team left everything on the court, down to the final buzzer.
The Falcons’ season came to an end Thursday night in the second round of the Class M state tournament, with a 41-32 loss to No. 14-seed Stonington.
No. 3 St. Paul couldn’t have had a better start to the game defensively. The Falcons held the Bears scoreless over the first six minutes.
But offensively, St. Paul only netted six points.
In the final two minutes of the opening quarter, Stonington went on a 7-0 run, taking the lead.
The Falcons started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to regain the lead, as Jade Udoh and Aidrianna Lopez chipped in points.
But then Izadora Yamall scored six straight points for the Bears. Stonington held a three-point lead going into the second half, 13-10.
St. Paul started the second half on a 5-0 run to take the lead at 15-13.
But the Bears answered with a 6-0 run of their own led by Aliza Bell, who scored seven points in the third.
It was a one-point game entering the final quarter.
The Falcons kept it close and were down just four points with 1:37 to go until Stonington senior Kate Hall took over. She had a pair of big layups to seal the game.
St. Paul senior Aidrianna Lopez led the Falcons in scoring with seven points. Sophomore Jade Udoh added six.