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Raider girls hoops in home stretch.

POSTED February 11, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Olivia Morrison and the Torrington girls came back to beat Kennedy Tuesday night by a 44-40 score to improve to 15-3. The Raiders travel to take on NCCC foe Avon tonight.

TORRINGTON: It’s getting close to the finish line in Naugatuck Valley League girls basketball action. On Tuesday, the league posted its tournament schedule.

The dominant team has clearly been the Holy Cross Crusaders, who are breezing along with a perfect 16-0 mark behind the play of Kiera O’Donnell (16.3 points per game) and Chelsea Houlihan (13.6).

Cross will most likely be the top seed when the action gets under way on Saturday, February 22, with four games on tap from the home of the Crusaders.

The semi-finals and the finals will be played Monday the 24th and Wednesday the 26th at Kennedy High School.

Torrington finds itself sitting squarely in third place in the Copper division with a 13-4 record, their four losses coming at the hands of the two teams in front of them, Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.

The fact that the Hearts have a pair of wins against the Raiders is certainly a reverse in fortunes, it had been five years since Sacred Heart beat Torrington, forget about twice in one season.

Sacred Heart (14-4) creates a matchup nightmare for head coach Mike Fritch and his team. The NVL’s leading scorer, Mikyla Jacobs (20.3 ppg) is a major force in the middle and this is a Raider team that has a great deal of heart but not height.

Maya Eggleston has had two of her best games of the year against Torrington, including a 17-point effort in the season opener for both teams on December 12th n a 47-42 win. The duo combined for 41 of the teams 47 points.

The Raiders have taken care of business against the rest of the NVL to date but face a tough out of conference game on Wednesday when they travel to take on NCCC power Avon after Senior Night tonight against Kennedy.

Caroline Teti has led a balanced offensive attack for the Raiders with just over 12 points per game, followed by Paige Middleton with nine.

Defense is usually the name of the game for the Raiders and this year is no exception with the team giving up a stingy 33-points per game through 17.

When the defense has given up 45 or more, they have lost, as was the case against both Waterbury schools.

On the Brass side, St. Paul (14-4) and Watertown (13-4) are battling it out for the top spot in their division while jockeying for position in the NVL Tournament.

The Raiders are the defending champions, having won their first ever title a year ago with a thrilling last second win over Watertown.

If Torrington sweeps their final three games and posts a 16-4 record, it will likely end up as the fourth seed in the tournament.

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