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Avon girls going back to the state tournament again

Avon’s Abby St. Onge had 19 points in the second half and three OT periods in Avon’s triple OT win over Canton in December, 67-64.

AVON, Feb. 10 – The Avon High girls basketball team is going to the state tournament again. After a one-year absence, the Falcons have qualified to participate in the CIAC Class L tournament.

A year after going 2-18, the Falcons went 7-13 under second-year coach Jamal Lee and they have played some competitive basketball.

Normally, you need to win 40 percent of your games to qualify for the state tournament. For a team that plays 20 games – like most do – that would be a record of 8-12. But the CIAC also wants to take the top 32 teams so there is an additional opportunity of there isn’t enough teams who have won 40 percent of their games.

Avon is currently seeded 29th and is one of three teams to qualify with a 7-13 record. The No. 32 team in the tournament is Brookfield with a 5-15 record.

To start the month, the Falcons beat Hartford Public for their seventh win of the season, 60-30. Since that point, Avon has lost four in a row but they’ve been competitive in most of the games.

Avon’s Isabael Aguilar (42) drives to the basket earlier this year against Canton.

Abby St. Onge had 19 points while Isable and Sophia Aguilar each had eight points in the regular season finale, a 53-46 loss to Bacon Academy in Colchester on Saturday. A challenging second period boosted the host Bobcats.

St. Onge had 16 points while Isabel Aguilar had 12 points in a 49-47 loss to Maloney a few days before the loss to Bacon Academy. Ellie Powers added seven for the Falcons.

First round action in the CIAC Class L tournament is scheduled to begin February 27 – a break of 17 days from their last regular season contest. The CCC girls basketball tournament begins Thursday with the top 16 teams in the league participating.

Bacon Academy 53, Avon 46
At Colchester
Avon (46): Yasmeen Eldah 0 0 0, Sophia Aguilar 4 0 8, Sophie Begleiter 0 0 0, Abby St. Onge 8 3 19, Isabel Aguilar 4 0 8, Kendra Hards 3 0 7, Kaitlyn Hards 0 0 0, Emma McKearney 0 0 0, Ellie Powers 2 0 4. Totals 21 3 46
Bacon Academy (53): Molly Kelly 6 5 17, Cassidy LaSaracina 0 0 0, Bridget Anderson 3 3 9, Taylor Rochette 1 0 2, Kellie Nudd 5 10 21, Caitlin Shea 2 0 4. Totals 17 18 53
Avon (7-13)                            6  10  11  19 – 46
Bacon Academy (13-6)        9  18    9  17 – 53
Three-point goals: Hards (A), Nudd (BA)

CCC West
Final regular season standings

Patriot Division
Div. Overall
xy-Farmington 9-1 17-3
y-Simsbury 8-2 18-2
Glastonbury 5-5 11-9
Avon 1-9 7-13
Colonial Division
Div. Overall
xy-Hall 7-3 17-3
y-Southington 6-4 15-5
Conard 4-6 11-9
NW Catholic 0-10 0-19

x-Clinched Division title
y-Qualified for CCC Tournament

Teams play each team in their division twice and each team in the other division once to come up with 10 divisional games

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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