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#SCC25 Turn Back the Clock - March 15-16-17

#SCC25 Turn Back the Clock – March 15, 16 and 17

With three SCC girls basketball teams (Daniel Hand, Hillhouse and Sheehan) playing in state championship games this weekend, this Turn Back the Clock segment highlights a three-day span (March 15-16-17) and some exciting girls and boys basketball action.

March 15, 2003 – Two weeks after meeting in the SCC title game, Guilford defeats Hillhouse, 61-41, in the Class L girls basketball championship game at Central Connecticut State University.  It was the Indians’ third straight state title.  Guilford’s Kristen  Connolly was named MVP after scoring 13 points and having four steals.  Hillhouse's Sharee Miller had nine points and 12 rebounds.

That same day, Career wins its first-ever state title with a 59-46 victory over previously-undefeated Northwestern Regional in Class M.  Krystal Pressley, who would go on to play at Quinnipiac, scored a game-high 21 points in the victory.

Click here for the Guilford-Hillhouse game story (pdf)

Click here for the Career-NW Regional game story (pdf)


March 16, 2013 – It was a great night at Mohegan Sun for the SCC. 

Maria Weslyj hits a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Mercy to a 54-53 victory over Lauralton Hall in the Class LL girls basketball final.  Sheena Landy threw a full court pass to Cassandra Santoro who found Weselyj for a wide open 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Tigers (25-2), who had lost in the Class LL final the previous three seasons (by a total of 7 points).  Jordyn Nappi had a team-high 13 points, Landy had 12 points, Maura Fitzpatrick had 11 and Weselyj chipped in eight points for Mercy.

A few hours later, Hillhouse defeats Fairfield Prep, 52-42, in the Class LL boys final.  It is the fourth meeting of the year for the Academics and Jesuits, and just two weeks after they met in the SCC final.  Raiquan Clark, who went on to star at LIU-Brooklyn, scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds in the victory.  The Academics would finish as the state's #1 ranked team.

Watch Weslyj’s game-winning shot

Click here for the Mercy-Lauralton Hall game story

Click here for Hillhouse-Fairfield game story



March 17, 2018 -  Mercy (Class LL) and East Haven (Class M) each win state girls basketball titles at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Led by Gatorade Player of the Year Bella Stantoro's 24 points and nine rebounds, Mercy defeated Hall, 49-37, to complete a 27-1 season that saw them finish as the state's top-ranked team.

In the Class M final, East Haven held off SCC-rival Career, 49-47, on a buzzer-beating putback by Isabella Ragaini.  East Haven was led by SCC Player of the Year Kylie Schlottman (20 points) and Makenzie Helms (17 points). 

It was the third time in league history (2003 and 2011) that the SCC won multiple girls basketball state titles.

Click here for Mercy-Hall game story

Click here for East Haven-Career game story

Click here for NEWS 8 recap of the game-winning shot


March 17, 2006 - Hillhouse, under the direction of head coach Kermit Carolina, completed a perfect 27-0 season with an 81-43 romp over East Catholic in the Division I state championship game at University of Hartford. 

The Academics, who two weeks earlier won their first SCC title since 1996, won their first state title since 1990 and were the consensus number-one team in the final state polls.   In the championship game victory, Hillhouse jumped out to a 47-19 halftime time.  Senior guard Greg "Buckets" Jones (who unfortunately, passed away in 2015) earned tournament MVP honors with game-highs in points (25) and assists (7). Jones shot a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range.

Click here for the Hillhouse-EC game story (pdf)