Bristol area girls basketball teams ready to wrap up regular season

Published on Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:34

Staff writer

Girls basketball wraps up its regular season this week, while wrestlers head to the state tournament and the boys basketball squads continue to vie for postseason berths as the winter high school season moves into its closing weeks.

Bristol Eastern will host Bristol Central tonight in the final city series girls basketball matchup of the year.

Eastern will once again be the heavy favorite. The Lancers are 14-5 on the year and currently ranked 15th in the Class LL Field. A win tonight could help Eastern earn a home game in the opening round of the state tournament. Eastern is also bidding to improve its standing in the CCC tournament, which gets underway on Thursday. The Lancers were the No. 7 seed going into the week’s action and could move up to No. 6.

Central has long been eliminated from postseason contention and will close out its season this week. After their city matchup with the Lancers, the Rams will return home for the season finale against Plainville on Wednesday.

The CIAC Class L wrestling tournament will be held at Bristol Central on Friday and Saturday. Some 26 teams will come to town to try to earn individual and state championships and move on to next week’s State Open.

Bristol Eastern and New Milford will be the favorites for the team title. Wrestling begins at 4:30 on Friday and will run all day Saturday at the Central gym. St. Paul and Terryville will compete in the Class S tournament at Windham this weekend.

Bristol Central became the second area boys basketball team to clinch a postseason berth with two wins last week.

The Rams will be looking to improve their seeding with a game at Newington on Monday and home against Farmington on Tuesday. Central was the 22nd seed in Class L going into this week. Central also remains alive, but barely, in the CCC tournament. The Rams were the 16th seed when the last rankings were announced and could strengthen that spot with a couple of victories this week.

Snow put a damper on Terryville’s bid to clinch a berth last week. Terryville won its only game last week to get to within one win of the postseason. The Kangaroos get three chances this week to pick up the one more win they need.

Terryville hosts Litchfield on Tuesday and visits Thomaston on Wednesday before ending the week at Gilbert. the Kangaroos have already defeated both Litchfield and Thomaston earlier this season.

Bristol Eastern still needs three wins to clinch a berth. The Lancers have five games left on the schedule, including matches at home against Hall on Tuesday and Platt on Wednesday before visiting Wethersfield Friday.

Hall snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Avon on Friday to clinch a tournament berth. Platt has lost six in a row and is battling for a postseason spot, needing two more wins.

Eastern is currently the 33rd seed in Class L and could sneak into the tournament without reaching eight wins if they can move up a spot in the rankings.

St. Paul’s boys are 12-4 and have a solid grip on the sixth seed in the Class S tourney. The Falcons play three times this week with a chance to move up a spot if they can come home with wins over Ansonia on the road tonight, against Derby at home on Tuesday and at Waterbury Career on Thursday.

St. Paul’s girls will close out their regular season tonight at Derby. The Falcons will be a top seed in the NVL tournament that begins later this week. The Falcons are in a five-way tie for third in the Class M state tournament seedings and their final ranking will depend on the outcome of games this week as well as tie breakers.

Terryville’s girls wrap up the season at home against Litchfield tonight before traveling to Thomaston for the season finale on Wednesday. The Kangaroos won their only match of last week against Shepaug and take a 4-14 record into the final week.

The Bristol swimming co-op is at home on Tuesday against Bulkeley and then hosts Wamogo on Thursday at the Malone Pool.

Several local athletes qualified for the indoor track State Open at last weekend’s class meet and will be competing this weekend in the State Open at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:34. Updated: Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:37.