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Great high school winter season concludes. UConn shoots for spot in Regionals.

POSTED March 20, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Time to take that deep breath after a whirl-wind end of the 2016/2017 winter season on the high school hardwood and attempt to pivot (still can’t shake it, sorry) to sports we hope will be played outside at some point.

Three local basketball teams made it to the final weekend at the place they call Mohegan Sun with one coming away with the top prize.

Congratulations to Jon Carroll and the Sacred Heart boys’ basketball team for their four-peat as the top dogs in Class L after a dominant 75-53 win over Notre Dame of Fairfield on Sunday afternoon.

It’s a credit to the Hearts, who may not have been expected back this year after losing a talented and deep squad a year ago, that included no Auburn star, Mustapha Heron amongst others.

Two other team who had tremendous campaigns, the Thomaston Golden Bears and Holy Cross Crusaders, came up just short but gave their fan bases something to root for right down to the wire.

The Bears fell to Canton by a 60-51 final in the Class S final as the Warriors won the rubber match of the three-game championship game run the two small schools put together.

Bob Mcmahon and his Bears made it to their mind blowing fifth straight title game, an accomplishment not soon to be duplicated on the girl’s side from teams in our area.

Frank Lombardo and the Crusaders fell to Daniel Hand by a 50-45 final in the Class L final in a game that saw them go cold at the worst possible time down the stretch but hey, they also made it to the final dance.

---The University of Connecticut woman’s basketball team is five wins away from their fifth consecutive National Championship and will be in action tonight in an NCAA Second Round game in Storrs against Syracuse at 6:35 p.m.

The two teams met last April in the National Championship game with the Huskies running away to an 82-51 win.

This continues to be the season of surprise for UConn, who are riding that insane 108 game winning streak during a season that most thought would not playout this way.

Combine the toughest out of conference early season schedule in recent memory with a team that has been playing with a chip on their shoulder and it leads us to where we are today.

If the Huskies win number 109 in a row, the NCAA Regionals head south to Bridgeport for games on Saturday and Monday with a chance to move on to Dallas in early April.

Maryland looks to be the toughest game on the horizon for head coach Geno Auriemma and company with the Terrapins playing exceptionally well right now and played the Huskies close in late December before falling, 87-81.

That match up would likely happen on Monday night if both teams keep winning.



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