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Girls' basketball/state championship roundup

By Ned Griffen

Publication: The Day

Published March 23. 2014 4:00AM

Class L

Hartford Capital 69, Weaver 53: Desiree Elmore had a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds with four assists as top-seeded Hartford Capital used a strong second half to beat No. 3 Weaver 69-53 on Saturday to win its second straight state title and Hartford bragging rights at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Trailblazers (27-0), who won Class S last season, finished as the state's only unbeaten team. They've been the top-ranked team in the New Haven Register Top 10 all season and should finish with that honor.

Kiah Gillespie, the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, added 17 points, 15 rebounds and four assists for Capital while Taylor Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Dejane James scored 22 and Shaquana Edwards added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Beavers (24-3).

Prep shot poorly at the start and trailed by as many as eight points (29-21) with over three minutes left in the first half.

Angelique Rodriguez scored seven of her 12 points in the third quarter to help spark the Trailblazers' rally. They went on a 21-3 run to go ahead 58-43 with more than six minutes left in the game.

Weaver made just five of 33 second-half shots and was outrebounded 58-42.

Class S

Thomaston 61, St. Paul 57 (2OT): Abigail Hurlbert had 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals as No. 3 Thomaston made one dramatic play after the next late in the game to beat top-seeded St. Paul and win its second state title.

Casey Carangelo had 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Bears (22-4) and Morgan Sanson added 13 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.

Elisabeth Cretella had 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals for the Falcons (22-5). Mekaela Giantonio scored 15 and Madeline Sturm added nine points and 10 rebounds.

St. Paul led by as much as 42-32 with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, but Sanson had a putback with 17 seconds left to tie the game 49-49 and force overtime.

Thomaston trailed by three points with one second left in the first overtime when Hurlbert was fouled as she attempted a 3-pointer in transition. She made all three shots, even after St. Paul called a timeout before her last one.

Carangelo made the second of two free throws to give the Bears a 53-52 lead early in the second overtime. Sanson followed with back-to-back steals, both of which led to Carangelo layups, to push Thomaston ahead 57-52 with 2:15 remaining.

Class LL

Lauralton Hall 68, South Windsor 53: Emma McCarthy had a game-high 26 points, 17 rebounds and five steals as second-seeded Lauralton Hall downed No. 4 South Windsor for its first state championship.

The win comes a year after Lauralton was beaten by Mercy in the final on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, 54-53.

Carly Fabbri had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the South-West Conference champion Crusaders (26-1). Maggie Salandra also scored 14.

Oliva Bolden had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats (23-4) and Molly Murphy had 15 points and six rebounds.

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