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Amid an 11-game winning streak, the Ledyard High School girls' basketball team knocked off Norwich Free Academy on Feb. 11 to force a split between the teams for the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division title.
Ledyard coach Adam Baber, however, isn't thinking about any possible rematches just yet.
"That was a big obstacle, but I'm going to be super cliche with you," Baber said. "We're not worried about NFA coming up; we're worried about New London. We're taking them one game at a time."
Second-seeded Ledyard (19-2) will take on No. 3 New London (18-3) in the ECC tournament semifinals beginning at 6 tonight at Plainfield High School. Top-seeded NFA (19-2) will then play No. 4 St. Bernard (18-4) in the second half of the doubleheader.
The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, also at Plainfield.
New London came from behind 13 points to top East Lyme 50-46 in the quarterfinals, after which a New London player stated that her team "wanted it more."
The Whalers were 2-18 in 2012 before reaching the ECC and state tournaments a year ago under then first-year coach Kerrianne Dugan.
"I think they really just do want it," Dugan said, asked her interpretation of the comment. "They know what it means to New London. They're proud of the stuff they've done."
- Vickie Fulkerson