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Avon can’t catch Hillhouse in semifinals

MIDDLETOWN, March 16 – Lindsay Horbatuck had 25 points and Sam Riccio had 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter but Avon couldn’t catch Hillhouse-New Haven in a 75-70 loss in the Class L semifinals at Xavier.

Avon’s Sam Riccio had 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter but the Falcons couldn’t catch Hillhouse in the Class L semifinals. (Jeff LaFrance photo)

Avon (26-1) erased a 16-point deficit after Riccio drained a three-point shot with 1:14 remaining and Devon Boundy tied the game at 68 with a jumper with a minute to go.

But Horbatuck missed a layup with 40 seconds left and the Falcons turned the ball over with 22 seconds remaining. In the meantime, No. 7 Hillhouse (21-2) sank 7 of 10 foul shots to earn a spot in the championship game against Fairfield Warde.

Avon had its 47-game winning streak snapped. Adreana Thomas led Hillhouse with 25 points and Bria Holmes had 24.



Hillhouse 75, Avon 70
At Middletown
Hillhouse (75) Ellen Bethea 3-0-7, Jordan Ringwood 0-0-0, Adreana Thomas 7-8-25, Bria Holmes 8-7-24, Daniesha Pierce 5-3-13, Courtney Brown 0-0-0, Kalinka DeRoche 3-0-6. Totals 26-18-75
Avon (70) Laura Dulla 1-0-2, Sam Riccio5-1-13, Lauren Primovic 5-1-15, Ariana LaFrance 3-2-8, Lindsay Horbatuck7-8-25, Titi Vanrie 1-0-3 Devan Boundy 2-0-4. Totals 23-15-70
Hillhouse (24-2)   12  19  22  22  — 75
Avon (26-1)           7  17  23  23  — 70

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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