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Canton girls beat Avon for first time in 11 years

AVON, February 18 – Junior All-State guard Sarah Benedetti scored 25 of her game-high 32 points in the first half as the Canton girls basketball team beat Avon for the first time since 1999 with a dominating 56-34 victory on Thursday night in the regular season finale for both team. The Warriors (14-6, 12-4 NCCC) earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s NCCC Tournament with the victory.

Canton broke open the contest in the second period. Benedetti drained a three-point shot to extend a seven-point Warrior lead to 10 and ignite a 14-4 surge that decided the contest. Benedetti scored 10 of the 14 points on a pair of three-point shots, a basket in the low post and off a nice assist.

Megan Roux added nine for Canton while Katherine Curvino scored seven. The win snaps an 18-game losing streak to Avon. Titi Vanriel led the Falcons (13-7, 12-4 NCCC) with eight.

Bolton earned the top seed in the NCCC Tournament by winning the league title with a 15-1 record. Avon, Canton and Ellington finished tied for second with 12-4 records. Canton earned the No. 2 seed with its wins over Ellington and Avon while Avon slips in at No. 3.

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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