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New London - Third-seeded Mitchell College never trailed en route to an easy 69-40 victory over No. 6 Bay Path College in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball tournament on Tuesday night at the Yarnall Athletic Center.
The Mariners (16-9) will play No. 2 Elms, a 79-57 winner over Wheelock, in Friday's semifinals (8 p.m.) at top-seeded Regis College in Weston, Mass.
Sophomore Diamond Thomas led Mitchell with 17 points, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, while adding seven rebounds and five assists. Senior Kate Mulloy and freshman Jessica Shepherd finished with 12 points apiece and freshman Caycee Williams contributed eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Baskets by Shepard and freshman Samantha Ryan of Waterford gave Mitchell a quick 4-0 lead and Bay Path would never get closer than one, 8-7. The Mariners would go on a 12-0 run later in the half to break the game open, 27-13, behind Thomas, who scored six of the 12 points.
H.S. boys' basketball
• The Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament pairings are just about set, pending the outcome of today's East Lyme at Windham game. If Windham wins, it will be the No. 7 seed and St. Bernard moves to the No. 8 seed. If Windham loses, St. Bernard moves up to No. 7 and Windham is the No. 8 seed. Large Division champion Ledyard is the No. 1 seed, Medium champ New London is the No. 2 seed and Woodstock Academy is seeded third. All three have byes into the quarterfinals, which will be played Saturday at St. Bernard.
Thursday's first-round games (7 p.m. starts) are No. 13 Killingly at No. 4 Norwich Free Academy, No. 12 Griswold at No. 5 Waterford, No. 11 Fitch at No. 6 Bacon Academy, No. 10 Tourtellote at No. 7 Windham/St. Bernard and No. 9 Plainfield at No. 8 Windham/St. Bernard. In Saturday's quarterfinals, No. 2 New London plays the St. Bernard-Windham/Tourtellotte winner at noon, No. 3 Woodstock faces the Bacon-Fitch winner at 2 p.m., No. 1 Ledyard plays the St. Bernard-Windham/Plainfield winner at 4 p.m. and the NFA-Killingly winner meets the Waterford-Griswold winner at 6.
Waterford will host the semifinals and finals on March 5 and March 7. Both rounds will be streamed live on www.theday.com.
• Bacon Academy pulled away in the second half for a 62-46 victory over St. Bernard. Paul Pepas scored 15 points for the Saints (12-8), who were tied at halftime 26-26, and Steven Fletcher added 11.
• Andrew Swift scored 12 points as Wheeler finished its ECC Small Division schedule with a 76-54 loss to Windham. Jacob Raggon added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lions (2-17, 1-9).
• Mack Osias scored 19 points as Norwich Tech edged O'Brien Tech, 33-31, in the Constitution State Conference. Tyriece Burke added six for the Warriors (10-9).
• Zach Kosakowski won the 100-yard butterfly (59.24) and 100 backstroke (1:00.11) in East Lyme's 90-65 victory over Fitch in the ECC. Kosakowski also joined Clayton Otter, Eric Stirtan and Ben Biondi in winning the 200 medley relay. Sam Kokomoor won the 200 and 500 freestyles and Dakota Williams the 50 and 100 free for Fitch (9-3, 8-3), which also got a win in the 400 free relay from Williams, Kokomoor, Sean Estep and Aidan Ely. East Lyme is 15-2 overall and finishes 12-0 in the conference.
• Collin Esquirol won a pair of individual events during Ledyard/Stonington's 72-37 ECC win over New London. Esquirol won the 100 freestyle (54.08) and 100 backstroke (1:03.70) for the Colonels (8-4, 8-4). New London is 0-12, 0-12.
• Mack Foster shot a 188 and Mackenzie Foster had a perfect score in the prone position to highlight Grasso Tech's 884-800 victory over Ellis Tech in the Constitution State Conference. The Eagles (2-5, 2-3) will next compete in the CSC Championship on Friday at Blue Trail Range in Wallingford.