Last week, all seven girls basketball teams in the Record-Journal coverage area began play in the state tournament.
While none of those squads remain in the postseason fray, they created some memorable moments.
Among area teams, Sheehan advanced the farthest. The gritty Titans pulled off last-second wins in the first and second round to claw their way to the Class M quarterfinals.
Sheehan’s drama-filled tourney run came to an end there Monday night.
Platt had some success in the state tournament, as well. Competing in Class L, the Panthers earned their first state tourney win in seven years before bowing out in Round 2.
Another tournament highlight came in Class LL, care of Southington senior Janette Wadolowski. In her team’s first-round loss, Wadolowski poured in 36 points and became the Lady Blue Knights’ second all-time leading scorer.
Talk about going out in style.
Like Southington, the remaining local girls hoop teams also made quick exits in the state tournament: Wilcox Tech (Class M), Lyman Hall and Maloney (Class L) and Cheshire (Class LL) all went down in the first round.
In boys basketball, four area squads punched their ticket to the state tournament: Cheshire, Southington, Lyman Hall and Wilcox Tech.
Monday night, Southington pulled off a win in OT to stay alive in Division III.
The Blue Knights were on tap to host a second-round game Wednesday night.
In other action Monday evening, Lyman Hall came up short in its D-III opener.
Meanwhile, Wilcox Tech earned a first-round bye in Division IV and is slated to play Thursday, at home, in Round 2.
Cheshire was scheduled to take the court Tuesday in its Division II opener.
Good luck to the local guys as they look to advance in their brackets.
And congratulations to all of our state tournament qualifiers. You gave your fans plenty to cheer about this season.