SCHOLASTICS: SCC girls basketball pairings set; school record-holders lead charge into indoor track State Open

SCHOLASTICS: SCC girls basketball pairings set; school record-holders lead charge into indoor track State Open

WALLINGFORD — The chatter after Monday night’s Lyman Hall-Sheehan girls basketball game was that the Wallingford rivals would meet for a third time in the opening round of the SCC Tournament on Thursday night.

That did not come to pass.

And it won’t, unless the Trojans and Titans make it all the way to next Wednesday’s championship game.

SCC Tournament pairings are out and Sheehan and Lyman Hall are on opposite sides of the bracket. In Thursday’s opening round, the No. 6 Titans host No. 11 Shelton, a team they beat twice during the regular season, while the No. 12 Trojans travel to New Haven to take on No. 5 Wilbur Cross, a team they’ve yet to face.

All first-round games tip off at 6:30 p.m. Here’s Thursday’s full slate:

■No. 14 Branford (9-11) at No. 3 Hillhouse (17-3) ■No. 13 Daniel Hand (9-11) at No. 4 Mercy (15-5) ■No. 12 Lyman Hall (9-11) at No. 5 Wilbur Cross (15-5) ■No. 11 Shelton (10-10) at No. 6 Sheehan (14-6) ■No. 10 Guilford (8-11) at No. 7 Amity (12-8) ■No. 9 Foran (11-8) at No. 8 Jonathan Law (14-6)

Top-seeded East Haven (16-4) and No. 2 Hamden (18-2) have byes. Mercy is the two-time defending champ.

After Thursday’s games at the higher seeds — seeds based on conference records, not the overall records shown here — the tournament makes the rounds. Sheehan hosts the quarterfinals on Saturday, Law the semifinals on Monday and Hamden the final on Wednesday.

Sheehan, should it beat Shelton for a third time, will play Saturday’s fourth and final quarterfinal at 4:15 p.m. against the winner of Branford/Hillhouse. Lyman Hall, should it pull off the upset over Cross, gets the survivor of Hand/Mercy in Game 2 at 12:45.

The four SCC quarterfinals are part of a wall-to-wall Saturday that also features the indoor track State Open, the Sheehan-Lyman Hall Co-op hockey rematch at Northford Ice Pavilion and the CIAC class tournaments in wrestling.

In track, 11 individual area athletes and five relay teams have qualified for the State Open, which goes off at noon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

It’s a select group. Six of the individuals and four of the relays hold school records.

Many of them came at last weekend’s class meets. To wit:

■Sheehan: Olivia Dubuc in the 600 meters (1:40.23) and then with Julia Mansfield, Avery Winters and Clarisse Aminawung on the 4x400 (4:13.55). Mansfield, Winters and Aminawung also teamed with Amanda Castaldi on the record 4x200 (1:48.79).

All three records resulted in third-place finishes in Class M.

■Southington: Ryan Slesinski, Trevor Porter, John Carreiro and Joe Verderame teamed for program marks in the 4x400 (3:33.27) and sprint medley (3:44.58), finishing third in Class LL in each, while Sydney Garrison tied her own record at 5 feet, 2 inches placing second in the high jump.

Slesinski, Southington’s record-holder in the 600 meters at 1:24.44, is the No. 8 seed in that race with his Class LL time of 1:25.51. His classmate, Kate Kemnitz, is No. 13 in the 1000 meters, where she holds the Southington girls mark at 3:05.97.

The lone athlete to qualify for the Open in two individual events is Lyman Hall junior Mike Toppin. He’s the No. 3 in the 300, where he holds the LH record at 35.66, and the No. 11 in the long jump. Toppin was second in Class M in both events.

Come Saturday, Toppin will also anchor Lyman Hall’s 4x400 relay behind Jake Ranney, Andrew Horobin and Luke Horobin.

The lone area class champion in the mix is Southington junior Trinity Cardillo. She captured Class LL shot put with a throw of 39-6 ½ and is seeded second behind Class S champ Alliyah Booth of Bloomfield (43-11). 

There are two area pole vaulters in the hunt: Southington’s Casey Selinske and Sheehan’s Kyra Connolly, both seniors. Another Sheehan senior, Cyle Martindale, qualified in the shot put.

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