Local roundup: Bacon girls advance to Class L quarterfinals
Colchester - Bacon Academy rode a big rebounding advantage to a 56-45 win over Masuk on Friday night in a CIAC Class L second round girls' basketball game.
The third-seeded Bobcats held a 40-19 rebounding edge.
Taylor McLaughlin led Bacon (19-3) with 25 points and 14 rebounds. She scored 17 points in the second half to help the Bobcats pull away.
Sarah Rogers had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Carlee Putnam scored 10 points.
Bacon (19-3) hosts No. 22 Brookfield Thursday in the quarterfinals.
No. 14 Masuk finishes the season at 14-10.
In another game:
• No. 19 Lyman Memorial was ousted in the Class S second round, losing to No. 3 Thomaston on the road, 53-34.
• Barrington Stevens drove the length of the court to score the game-winning basket on a left-handed layup just before the buzzer, lifting St. Thomas More past New Hampton, 67-66, in the semifinals of the New England Class AAA Prep Tournament in Beverly, Mass.
"It was a great shot," STM coach Jere Quinn said.
Second-seeded STM (28-6) will face Northfield Mount Hermon in the championship game at 4 p.m. Sunday at Endicott College. Northfield upset top-seeded Brewester Academy 87-84.
Rodney Sanders led the Chancellors with 18 points while A.J. English had 15 and Ky Howard added 14.
• Junior Michael Jensen of Gales Ferry scored 18 points in Western Connecticut State University's 94-84 win over Christopher Newport in an NCAA Division III tournament first round game in Lancaster, Pa. The Colonels are 21-6.
• Griswold's Brandon Walsh won his only match to advance to the quarterfinals in the 138-pound divison of the New England Championships in Providence.
Walsh, last year's 135-pound New England champion champion and a two-time State Open winner, defeated Jonathan Viruet of Springfield Central (Mass.), 5-3. He will meed Nick Eddy of Colchester (Vt.) in today's quarters.
Three other local wrestlers each won a match before losing in the second round. Bacon Academy's Chris Elrod (120) decisioned Nick DiMauro of Bishop Hendricken (R.I.), 13-11, but then was pinned by Adam Corey of Timberlane (N.H.) in 40 seconds; Ledyard's Josh Lawrence (220) pinned Eugeno Garcia of Framingham (Mass.) in 4:20 before losing to Murad Usmanov of West Springfield (Mass.) 14-7; and Bacon's P.J. Sawicki (220) decisioned Joey Fitzwater of Manchester Central (N.H.) 8-6 before losing to Rhett Chase of Camden Hills (Me.) 3-1.
Ledyard's Alex Manwaring (160) had a first-round bye, but lost to Austin Price of Mt. Anthony (Vt.) 4-2 in the second round while East Lyme's Kareem Small (106), Bacon's Matt McAllister (113) and East Lyme's Alex Cusano (170) all lost in the first round.
All seven local wrestlers in the consolation bracket remained alive, however.
Small, McAllister, Elrod, Cusano, Lawrence and Sawicki each won their matches (Small and Lawrence recorded pins) while Manwaring received a bye and will join the other six in today's second round.
• Alexander Spicer of Windham/RHAM won the Eastern Connecticut Conference diving championship at East Lyme High School. Spicer finished with a total of 389.95 points to easily outdistance the rest of the field.
East Lyme's Dylan Luce placed second with 329.45 points followed by Waterford's Justin Dobush (298.85), Waterford's Nikolai Lehet (298.75), Windham's Jeremy Cruz (297.60), East Lyme's Ivan Carlson (265.30), East Lyme's Brian Ahern (211.15) and Waterford's Mike McDermott (184.25).
The swimming portion of the championships will take place today at UConn-Avery Point in Groton (2:30 p.m.). East Lyme and Waterford will begin the day tied for first in the team standings with 42 points apiece.
• UConn split two games, beating Lipscomb, 4-2, and losing to Mississippi State, 5-4, in Starksville, Miss. Freshman Jordan Tabakman earned his first win against Lipscomb, allowing three hits and two runs in five innings.
Freshman Eric Yarvarone and senior Billy Ferriter had RBI singles while Old Lyme's Ryan Fuller had an RBI walk.
Against Mississippi State, Tom Verdi had a three run home run to give the Huskies (3-5) a 3-0 lead in the fourth and Ferriter added an RBI single and went 2-for-4.
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