Vikings earn another shot at No. 1 Bacon
Plainfield - Fifth-seeded East Lyme High School rode a fast start to a 63-46 victory over No. 4 Plainfield on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' basketball tournament.
The Vikings (16-4) will play top-seeded Bacon Academy, a 47-24 winner over No. 8 St. Bernard, in the semifinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Norwich Free Academy
East Lyme lost both regular-season meetings to Bacon.
In Saturday's other quarterfinal games, No. 2 Ledyard defeated No. 7 Stonington 46-37 and No. 3 NFA upended No. 6 Montville 47-37. The Colonels and Wildcats will meet in the other semifinal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The title game will be played on Friday, also at NFA, at 7 p.m.
Against Plainfield, East Lyme built a 27-12 lead after one quarter and was never really challenged. Jenna Schumacher led the Vikings with 24 points and eight rebounds while Sydney Swanson added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Allison Stoddard had 17 points and eight assists.
Morgan Griffin scored 17 points for Plainfield.
In other games:
• Bacon ended the third quarter on a 14-2 run to break open its game against St. Bernard. Taylor McLaughlin led the Bobcats (19-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Carlee Putnam had 13, including eight during the decisive run. Kaitlyn Berkel scored nine points for the Saints (13-8).
• Ledyard couldn't shake free of Stonington until the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bears 11-5 to pull away for the comfortable win. Kylie Fustini led the Colonels (18-3) with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Olivia DelGrosso had 16 points and Michelle Klinikowski added 12 points. Taty LaFrance Boyce had 19 points and nine rebounds for Stonington (14-8).
• Alyssa Velles scored 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead NFA (15-5) while Maya Bell added 11. Kiah Strickland led Montville (16-6) with 13 points.
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