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Hoop teams that beat Avon go far

UNCASVILLE, Conn., March 21  – The two teams that eliminated the Avon High boys and girls basketball teams each won a state championship.

Hillhouse, which eliminated the Avon girls team, beat Fairfield Warde, 65-59 on Friday night for the Class L title in front of 3,554 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arenea. The game was tied seven times in the fourth quarter but Hillhouse’s Bria Holmes scored on a layup with 2:16 remaining to start a 10-2 run to close out the game. Hillhouse (25-2) beat three undefeated teams including Warde (26-1), Avon in the semifinals and Kolbe Cathedral in the quarterfinals to win its seventh state title.

On the boys side, No. 25 Bulkeley of Hartford (15-9) began a magical run to the Class L championship game with a win over No. 8 Avon in the first round. Since then, the Bulldogs eliminated Bassick-Bridgeport, top-ranked Trinity Catholic in the quarterfinals, 67-62 and No. 5 Northwest Catholic in the semifinals, 65-51. Bulkeley beat No. 10 Torrington in the championship game with a basket with five seconds left in regulation.

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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