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Canton pulls away from Kaynor Tech to earn spot in quarters

WATERBURY, March 6 – For the first time since 1999, the Canton High girls basketball team has advanced to the Class S quarterfinals in consecutive seasons after a 51-35 win over No. 7 Kaynor Tech Friday night.

All-NCCC sophomore forward Sarah Benedetti led the way with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Katherine Curvino had 10 points while Danielle Coutu had nine assists to go along with her two points.

Canton had a 10-point lead at halftime and the Panthers cut the lead to two, 32-30, late in the third quarter but the Warriors went on a 6-0 run to pull away. Canton outscored Kaynor, 13-5 in the final quarter.

No. 9 Canton (17-6) will face top-ranked Wamogo (21-1) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12 at Lewis Mills in Burlington at 7:45 p.m.

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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