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Torrington boys face scheduling conflict. Local girls basketball teams roll on and an All-Rookie team honor for Brie Pergola.

POSTED March 02, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington boys have earned a bye in the opening round of the Division III state tournament which kicks off on Monday, March 5.

Torrington is scheduled to host the winner of the St Paul/Barlow game that will be played on Monday two nights later on Wednesday, March 7 but there's a catch.

The Connie Donahue Gymnasium is not available that night.

Before you scratch your head and wonder why the team's gym would not be available at the most important time of the year, I'll tell you.

The Torrington Middle School is hosting a fundraiser, featuring the Harlem Wizards at 7 p.m. on that very night.

It's an important drive for the middle school, it helps pay for their trip to Washington, DC which they take every year, and was something scheduled months ago, before anybody could have known the Raiders basketball team would need the floor.

Call it bad luck, call it a tough break because it is all of that for head coach Eric Gamari and his team who finished in the sixth spot in D III, thus earning the bye and second round hosting opportunity.

As of right now, things are still up in the air as to when and where the Raiders will be playing.

They hope they don't have to lose a home game they worked so hard to earn this season.

Stay tuned.

---Liz Wexler and the Gilbert girls' basketball team will host Trinity Catholic on Saturday night in Class S action at 7 p.m. after today's weather cancelled tonight's scheduled game. 

Wexler put on a show in the Yellowjackets opening round 55-48 win over visiting Bloomfield on Tuesday night at home.

The senior guard put up 31 points, breaking through the 1000-point career mark in style.

Not bad for a kid who missed her entire sophomore year (except for one state game) after a bad injury on the soccer field. 

---Fred Williams and the Northwestern girls continue their winning ways after beating North Branford by a 49-43 final on Thursday night in Winsted.

The top seeded Highlanders will be back in action at home on Monday night against # 9 Weston at 7 p.m.

The second ranked team in Class M with Northwestern is East Haven and the Yellowjackets have been a force so far in their first two games, disposing of # 34 Woodland (83-30) and #15 Plainfield (81-29) easily.

---The Wamogo girls will also be in action on Saturday when they travel to take on the #1 seed in Class S, Parish Hill at 5 p.m.  

---Congrats to Torrington's own Brie Pergola for an outstanding start to her college career at the University of New Have.

Pergola was named to the Northeast 10 All-Rookie team after scoring 10.5 points per game and playing in all 26 of the Chargers games, starting 21.

She was named to the NE 10 Commissioners Honor Roll and was the leagues Rookie of the Week three times this season.

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