Top girls basketball players, teams and storylines from Week 5: Bacon Academy rolling along despite two-week quarantine, loss to NFA

Lori Riley, Hartford Courant
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Last year’s Bacon Academy girls basketball team went 20-5 and was the runner-up at the ECC Div. I tournament before losing in the second round of the Class MM tournament to New Fairfield. The Bobcats only lost one senior from that team.

In a normal year, Bacon, the fourth seed in Class MM last year, would be one of the state’s top teams in its division, but the Bobcats have only been able to play six games due to a two-week COVID-related quarantine. When they returned, their first game was against NFA, one of the top teams in the state, and they lost 64-34 after trailing by five at halftime.

“We have a chance to play them again in the ECC tournament,” Bacon coach John Shea said. “NFA is good, but I think we got tired, too. Two weeks without basketball hit us hard, and it got ugly.”

Before Monday’s game against Stonington, Bacon was 5-1.

“We’re playing pretty good right now,” Shea said. “The kids are in better shape.”

John’s father Dave, who has coached at Bacon since 1962, took the season off last year as head coach after he had a pacemaker put in. This year, he officially retired and is serving as an assistant. He finished his career with a 788-308 overall record, with 459 girls basketball victories (25 years) and 329 boys basketball wins (23 years). The gym is named after him at Bacon Academy.

Players of the week

Paige Brown, Canton: Brown scored 20 points in a 66-52 win over East Granby last Monday.

Adela Cecunjanin, Cromwell: Cecunjanin had nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a 54-34 win over Old Lyme on Thursday.

Lilly Ferguson, Newington: Ferguson scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists in a 59-49 win over Middletown and 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 42-30 win over Wethersfield on Friday.

Mary McElroy, Simsbury: McElroy averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and six steals for Simsbury in wins over Conard and Northwest Catholic.

Ashanti McLean, Aerospace: McLean scored 24 points in a 51-28 win over Classical/University.

Ava Mills, Suffield: Mills had 18 points and six steals as Suffield rebounded from its first loss withto a 67-35 win over Granby on Saturday.

Jaelyn Moulton, Stafford: Moulton scored 20 points to help Stafford to its second win Tuesday, 45-37, over Somers.

Tristin Oberg, Windsor Locks: Oberg, a senior center, averaged 13.7 points and 18 rebounds in three wins, including 21 points, hitting 11 of 12 free throws and pulling down 25 rebounds in a 59-49 win over East Granby.

Caitlin Shea, Bacon Academy: Shea scored 15 of her 21 points in the first quarter on Senior Night, going 6 for 8 from the field in the first eight minutes of the game.

Tiara Tyson, Manchester: Tyson had 23 points in a 76-64 win over East Catholic on Tuesday and 12 points in a 44-40 loss to East Hartford.

Teams of the week

Morgan: Before Monday’s game against Portland, the Huskies (8-2) had won three straight since a loss to Old Lyme on March 1, including a 44-42 overtime win over Coginchaug (7-3) behind 19 points from Catie Donadio and 13 from Caeley Ayer on March 8.

Simsbury: The Trojans (9-1) have won nine straight after their season-opening loss to Windsor. They beat Conard and Northwest Catholic last week and play Hartford Public and Enfield this week to solidify a top spot in the CCC tournament.

Windsor Locks: The Raiders won three games, including a 39-37 victory over previously unbeaten Suffield Wednesday on a last-second shot by Alana Picard.


East Hampton and Newington are the only two unbeaten local teams. East Hampton is 10-0 atop the Shoreline Conference, Newington is the lone undefeated team at 10-0 in the CCC.

Mercy, which lost to Hamden and Sacred Heart after losing its lone senior to an ACL tear, handed Sheehan its first loss of the season, 45-34, on Friday behind 15 points from Sophie Hedge. Mercy is 8-3.

Games to watch

East Hartford at Glastonbury, Tuesday: Glastonbury handed East Hartford its only loss, 42-41, the first time the two teams played on Feb. 23.

Conard at Windsor, Thursday: Windsor’s only loss came to Conard, 55-51, on Feb. 26.

Southington at Farmington, Thursday: The two teams could be playing for a top-eight spot in the CCC tournament. Before Monday’s game with Plainville, Farmington was 8-2, and Southington was also 8-2 before its Monday game against Avon. Southington won the first game 45-40 on Feb. 26.

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