Local roundup: NFA, Stonington girls win state tourney openers

Norwich - Seventh-seeded Norwich Free Academy, fresh off a victory in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament final, limited No. 26 Newtown to only five points in the second half as the Wildcats cruised to a 49-19 victory in the first round of the CIAC Class LL girls' basketball tournament on Monday night.

The Wildcats (22-2) will return home on Thursday night to play No. 10 E.O. Smith, a 45-39 first-round winner over No. 23 Newington, in the second round at 7 p.m.

NFA led 23-14 at the break, but took charge in the third quarter by outscoring the Nighthawks 15-0. Cebria Outlow led the Wildcats with 23 points and Alyssa Velles added 10.

In other games:

• No. 18 Stonington went on the road and won its tournament opener as Taty LaFrance-Boyce and Margot Calmar combined for 46 points in a 54-48 victory over No. 15 Plainville in the Class M first round. The Bears (14-8) play at No. 2 Cromwell, a 62-29 winner over No. 31 Enfield, in the second round on Thursday night. LaFrance-Boyce led the way with a game-high 25 points while Calmar finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Calmar, a junior, also set Stonington's single-season rebounding record (414), breaking the old mark of 399 by Heather Buck in 2007-08.

• Seventh-ranked Lewis Mills eliminated No. 26 Waterford in the Class M first round 56-42. The Lancers finish 12-11.

Calendar

• The Waterford American Legion baseball program will hold a mandatoty registration on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Waterford Community Center. For more information contact Harold Hansen at (860) 442-5498.

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