The Berlin girls basketball team earned the right to face top-seeded Sacred Heart Academy in the Class MM State Tournament quarterfinals next week. The ninth-seeded Redcoats took down 25th-seeded Branford 54-27 at home Thursday night for their second state-tournament win this year.
12 points from Janessa Yaconiello and 11 from Clare McGeever were Berlin’s leading scorers, as the team saw another well-balanced offensive attack with three other players scoring at least seven points. The Redcoats led by 15 at half and did not allow Branford to score more than six points in any of the first three quarters.
Berlin’s next game is it 7 p.m. on Monday at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.
St. Paul 53, Waterford 50: The Falcons started off slow in their second-round matchup in Class MM, trailing by eight after the first quarter. They worked their way back over the middle quarters before outscoring 12th-seeded Waterford 19-12 in the final period.
The win earned fifth-seeded St. Paul one more home game in the state tournament, as it gets to host 13th-seeded Northwestern on Monday at 7 p.m. A win sends the Falcons to the quarterfinal where they could potentially face Berlin.
Freshman Izzy Leggett drilled 10 free throws to finish as St. Paul’s top scorer, adding 17 points and eight rebounds while junior Nadia Riemer hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Leggett and Audrey Tice each connected from long range once while Waterford finished without any threes.
Milky Walker led the way for Waterford with 26 points.