CIAC Basketball State Championships
Saturday, March 21
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Class LL Boys
Fairfield Prep 51, Westhill 50
After losing three of the last four state championship games, Fairfield Prep found a way to bring the trophy back home. Richard Kelly hit a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left to put Prep up by 3. The Jesuits survived missing two front-end 1-and-1 free throws and a last-second 3-pointer from the corner in another epic Class LL title game. Kelly finished with 12 points. Senior Tommy Nolan, who had lost two previous title games as a starter, finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore Patrick Harding had 13 points. Westhill's Jeremiah Livingston, one of the best players in the state was limited to just one field goal. He finished with 12 points and five assists. C.J. Donaldson and Tyrell Alexander each had 14 points in the loss for the Vikings.
Class LL Girls
Wilton 73, South Windsor 45
Erin Cunningham drilled three 3-pointers in the first quarter on her way to a 33-point, 19-rebound performance in Wilton's first-ever girls basketball state championship. Erica Meyer added 17 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in the dominant performance for the Warriors. Makenna Pearsall added 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Class M Boys
Weaver 73, Notre Dame-Fairfield 59
A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter broke open a game that saw 12 lead changes in the first 26 minutes as the Beavers pulled away. It was Weaver's third straight trip to the state final and its first state title since 2007. Jordan Pettway scored 17 points for Notre Dame in the loss.
Class M Girls
St. Joseph 50, Cromwell 44
The Cadets held off a Cromwell rally in the second half to win their first girls basketball title since 1979. Shannon O'Meara scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half. She also added eight rebounds and five steals. Jacqueline Jozefick scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for St. Joe's. She also blocked two shots. Check back later a photo gallery and highlights from this game.
Class S Girls
Thomaston 52, Canton 50
Thomaston won its second straight Class S state championship by topping No. 1 seed Canton in a classic title game. Morgan Sanson led Thomaston with 15 points in the victory and Gabby Hulbert added seven.
Sunday, March 22
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Class L Girls
Capital Prep vs. Northwest Catholic, 12:30 p.m.
Class L Boys
Bunnell vs. Naugatuck, 3 p.m.
Class S Boys
Sacred Heart vs. Valley Regional, 5:30 p.m.