Local roundup: New London finishes fourth in GameTimeCT.com girls’ hoop poll
The CIAC Class MM champion New London girls’ basketball team finished fourth in the season-ending GameTimeCT.com media and coaches’ poll.
New London beat Mercy on Sunday, 57-47, at Mohegan Sun Arena to win its third state title. It won its first state title in 2014 (Class M) and was the 2017 Class LL champion.
The Whalers (21-6) also won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II regular-season title and were the ECC Division I tournament champions.
Bacon Academy (19-5) was the other area team that received a vote.
Class LL champion Hamden (27-0) finished first, followed by LL runner-up Fairfield Ludlowe (26-1) and Class L champion E.O. Smith (24-4). Class L runner-up Pomperaug (22-4) was fifth.
UConn’s Edwards, Lopez Sénéchal honored
• UConn junior Aaliyah Edwards and graduate student Lou Lopez Sénéchal were selected WBCA Region 4 Finalists, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday. Edwards and Lopez Sénéchal are now eligible for WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team honors, which will be announced later this month.
Edwards was named an AP and USBWA Third Team All-American last week. She is the 2023 Big East Most Improved Player and an All-Big East First Team selection. Edwards was named the BIG EAST Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Lopez Sénéchal was named All-Big East First Team and to the Big East All-Tournament Team.
• Jack Steel’s hit a go-ahead two-run single as Coast Guard scored eight times in the top of the ninth to beat Albertus Magnus, 16-12. Blake Carroll went 2-for-3, including a double, with five runs and two RBI, Kael Godshalk hit a three-run home run and Steel had three hits, including a double, three RBI and a run for the Bears (4-6).
• David Smith went 3-for-4,including a double, with two runs and two RBI as UConn beat UMass, 7-3. Dominic Freeberger had three hits, including a double, with three RBI for the Huskies (13-5) and Ryan Daniels went 2-for-3, including a double, with three runs.
• Richie Albert led Mount Saint Vincent with four goals and four assists in its 19-3 win over Mitchell. Weston Schumacher scored twice for Mitchell (0-8) and John Parra-Tobey had two assists.
• Matt Gill had four goals and four assists as Wesleyan downed Coast Guard, 25-8. Taylor Gustafson scored twice for Coast Guard (3-3).
• Emily Yorns scored five times and Campbell Johnston added four goals as Conn College beat Westfield State, 15-11. Kate Coughlin and Aine Downey each had three goals and an assist for Conn (4-2) and Violette Nidds had 13 saves.
• Julia Graham had seven goals and an assist as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts beat Mitchell, 18-11. Daniella Holland had four goals and an assist, Lauren Cordero had three goals and an assist and Jessica Krupnikoff and Rachel Ricciuti each had a goal and two assists for Mitchell (1-3).
• Dominique DeMarsico scored with 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining to give Western Connecticut a 10-9 overtime victory over Coast Guard. Abby McAllister had three goals and an assist, Gianna Cascio had a goal and two assists and Addy Bass and Caitlyn Coates both scored twice for Coast Guard (4-3).
• James Serhant III, Walker Mulligan, Gavin Anderson, Krissh Tipnis and Andy Feldman all won their respective singles matches as Conn College downed Emerson, 8-1. The doubles teams of Julies Taylor-Kerman and Anderson, Mulligan and Serhant and Feldman and Tipnis also won for the Camels (4-4).
• Catilin Cass, Lily Kerachsky, Ella Griffiths and Caroline Champa all won their singles matches as Conn College edged Mount Holyoke, 5-4, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference match. The team of Anna Slopak and Cass also won at doubles for the Camels (6-2, 1-2).