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Burger leads Raiders to Class L first round win over Cheshire.

TORRINGTON: As she prepared to talk about her team’s 49-35 win over Cheshire in Torrington’s Class L opening round game, senior Haley Burger noted something that a lot of people are feeling.

“I’m going to miss this place,” Burger said. “I have a lot of great memories in here.”

While the skeleton of the Connie Donahue Gymnasium will remain and will be more brilliant than ever after the re-build, (as part of the new high school/middle school project) there are millions of memories inside these walls and Burger felt it.

Maybe the ghosts of players past were inside the Connie on Tuesday night for the last girls state tournament game to be played in the magnificent structure as Burger led her team out with a win, one more time.

Torrington jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter on the strength of four, three pointers enroute to a 16-3 lead with 3:35 to go.

Burger had back-to-back long balls while Leanna Harvey pitched in with a pair of her own trey’s and Torrington was off to the races.

The Rams, coached by former Holy Cross star Angelica Ariola, were ice cold in the first half, scoring just 13 points with shots simply not falling.

By then it was 29-13 in favor of the home team and 39-17 after three.

Cheshire would, with the help of some less than stellar executing by the Raiders, get back to within 10 at 43-33 with just over three minutes to play but the hole was too deep.

Torrington had a similar hole to ret and dig out of in their NVL quarterfinal game at St Paul last week (25-8) and nearly came all the way back, something assistant coach Erika Pratt warned her team about at the half.

“Erika reminded them of what happened during the St Paul game,” head coach Mike Fritch said. “We have a way of making things interesting.”

Key baskets by Sofia Calabrese (10 points) and a game sealing three ball by Burger assured that this season would go on for at least one more game.

It won’t be home but maybe the ghosts of great players past know where the gym is at New Milford High School.

Notes: The Green Wave are ranked No. 3 in Class L with a 16-4 regular season mark.

New Milford has a pair of six-foot players, one of them Jade Wallace (6’2), is a prolific shot blocker while LLeana Feliz checks in at 6’1.

Megan Bohrman, just a freshman, is a fast point guard who likes the three ball.

The Green Wave play in the Southwest-Patriot League.

Their last loss during the regular season was to Pomperaug, a team that the team the Raiders just beat, Cheshire, beat by 11. Go figure.

Game time is 6:30.  

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