New London moves into No. 1 spot in state poll

New Haven - The New London High School boys' basketball team will begin play in the CIAC tournament as the No. 1 team in the state.

The Whalers, fresh off their fifth straight Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament championship, replaced Hillhouse in the top spot of the New Haven Register media poll.

New London (21-2) hosts Xavier of Middletown in a first-round game in the Class LL tournament Tuesday. Windsor (23-1) moved into second place and New Haven's Hillhouse (22-1) and St. Joseph of Trumbull (20-1) are tied for third. Hillhouse lost to No. 5 Career of New Haven 60-55 last week.

Waterford (20-2) and Ledyard (17-6) also received votes in the final regular-season poll.

Women's basketball

• UConn-Avery Point's season came to an end in the NJCAA Region 21 championship game as the No. 2 Pointers lost to top-seeded Roxbury Community College 61-47in Worcester, Mass.

Roxbury (27-4) led 35-20 at halftime and by as much as 26 in the second half. Melissa Bastian scored 12, Alex Marchinkoski scored 11, Becca Pope had 10 points and Michelle Harrison had 10 rebounds and four steals for Avery Point (15-8).

Pope was a first-team selection for the NJCAA Division III all-region team, Ally McDonald made the second team, Marchinkoski made the third team and Pointers coach Nate Stailey was the coach of the year.

Men's basketball

• St. Thomas More fell to Northfield Mt. Hermon 74-70 in the final of the New England Prep Schools Athletic Conference tournament at Beverly, Mass.

Rodney Sanders scored 23 and Barrington Stevens had 16 points for the Chancellors (28-7) who play Notre Dame Prep Tuesday in the National Prep School Championships at Albertus Magnus in New Haven.

Softball

• Coast Guard, ranked 13th in Division III, beat No. 6 Cortland State 4-3 in the Rebel Games at Kissimmee, Fla. Earlier, Coast Guard opened its season with a 9-0 win over Methodist.

Megan Cook's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning against Cortland snapped a 3-3 tie. Holli Bastinck drove in two runs and Devin Fellman had an RBI single. Hayley Feindel pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Feindel, the Bears' senior All-American, pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and two walks in the opener. Bastinck was 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI.

Baseball

• Tom Verdi's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie and lifted UConn to a 6-5 win over Lipscomb at the Mississippi State tournament. UConn (4-6) trailed 5-1 after seven innings before scoring four runs in the eighth. Old Lyme's Ryan Fuller had two hits and scored twice for the Huskies and Joe Pavone and Verdi had three each each.

• Coast Guard split a doubleheader against rival Kings Point at Fort Myers, Fla., winning the opener 8-5 and losing the second game 9-8. Tyler Babkiewich hit a three-run triple to highlight a six-run seventh inning in the opener for Coast Guard. Tyler Vieira, CGA's career saves leader, finished off the game for first first save of the season.

Babkiewich drove in four runs in the opener and had two hits in the second game along with Mike Massaro. Mike Salerno, Eric Gerken, Nolan Gallagher and Joe Petry had two hits each in the opener for Coast Guard (1-2).

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