BRISTOL - Fresh off a first round exit to Wolcott in the NVL tournament, the St. Paul girls basketball team has much to prove as the Class M tournament approaches.
The No. 3 Falcons (17-4) will draw No. 30 Oxford (9-11) in the first round.
Three of the four losses for St. Paul have been without star player Janessa Gonzalez.
St. Paul has beaten the Wolverines twice already this season, a 60-37 win on Jan. 12 and a 46-30 win on Feb. 6.
Jade Udoh will be the key player in the state tournament for the Falcons. The sophomore brings height to the floor at 6-foot-1.
With a victory, St. Paul would advance to face the winner of a game between No. 14 Stonington (13-7) and No. 19 Berlin (12-8) in Thursday’s second round.
Upsets in the state tournament are never out of question.
The No. 32-seed Bristol Eastern girls basketball team (7-13), however, will need a miracle in order to beat defending champion and No. 1 seed New London in its opener.
Coming in with a 20-0 record, the Whalers have put together another dominant season.
Hannah Maghini and Miranda Janick can score, as senior leaders, but it will be far from easy doing so.
At least the Lancers can take solace in not having the worst record heading into state tournament play. That dubious honor goes to Brookfield, the No. 32 seed in Class L at 5-15.
Both Bristol Central and Terryville fell well short of tournament qualification.
The Rams and Kangaroos both finished with one win for the 2017-18 season.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811