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Class L girls Tournament gets underway tonight, BL boys tourney action continues on Tuesday night.

POSTED February 28, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Let the post season begin!

Courts around the area will be filled with local girls’ basketball teams, looking to make a magical run that they hope will result in a trip East by Mid-March when the CIAC Tournament culminates with the finals at Mohegan Sun.

Tonight, Torrington looks to keep their campaign going as they face off against rival Naugatuck at 7 p.m. in the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.

The Raiders disposed of the Greyhounds twice during the regular season but will need to ignore that fact when the ball tips off.

This is late February, throw out the records.

One bad quarter can make the difference between hosting another Class L game on Thursday or heading home with a disappointing loss.

If THS gets the win tonight, they would stay home on Thursday to take on either Woodstock (#10, 12-8) or Berlin (#23, 9-11) at 7 p.m.

---Speaking of the post season, seeing teams make the tournament with 5-15 records is disturbing.

I know the CIAC must get 32 teams into the party but what are we telling the student/athletes?

If you win just twenty five percent of your games, you qualify? Boy, those of us who thought forty percent (8-12) was low bar can’t even see the stick anymore.

Forget that those who make it with those five wins have to take on the number one seed in their bracket.

Four teams in Class L will enter with 5-15 marks.

Crosby will get the privilege of taking on the No. 1 seed, Holy Cross tonight.

Tough year in girls’ basketball around the state.

---Tough day on Saturday for the schools who were on the short end of the results during the quarterfinals of the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament.

None of the games were very close for very long and every suburban team went home while the city schools played on.

Great match ups tonight as Holy Cross battles Kennedy in one semi-final while Sacred Heart takes on Crosby in the other.

Expect a pair of outstanding games. Get to Wilby High School early if you want to be part of this event.

---The Berkshire League boy’s tournament continues Tuesday night in Thomaston as the Golden Bears take on Lewis Mills in game two of the semi-finals at 7:15 p.m.

The top ranked Spartans (19-1) won both regular season match ups between the two teams although the Bears played Mills very close in their second meeting in Burlington before falling 65-60.

Northwestern and Wamogo play in the opener at 5:30.

We will be on hand for both games.

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