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Charron leads Canton past Rockville into NCCC Tournament semifinals

Canton High coach Brian Medeiros, addressing his team in last year’s state championship game, won his 100th career game Friday night as the Warriors beat Rockville in the NCCC Tournament.

CANTON, Feb. 16 – Sophomore guard Abby Charron had 20 points in the third quarter and finished with a career-high 27 as the Canton High girls basketball team beat Rockville, 62-38 in the quarterfinals of the North Central Connecticut Conference tournament Friday night.

Charron exceeded her previous career high of 22 points in December’s triple overtime loss to Avon. Belle Magna also had 10 points for the Warriors, who moved into Tuesday’s tournament semifinals where they will host No. 5 Granby at 7 p.m.

“It was a great night for the Canton community,” Canton High head coach Brian Medeiros said. “The girls came out with great energy but the length and size of Rockville altered our shots and drives. Lauren Eschenbrenner came back from injury and provided a great spark, scoring 7 of her 9 points in the first half. Belle Magna and Paige Brown combined for 10 points to pace the scoring in the first half. The third quarter belonged to Abby Charon as she scored 20 of her team high 27.”

Canton had 30 steals, drained six three-point shots and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.

“We made Rockville very uncomfortable due to our team speed, regardless of who was on the floor. It was great to see everyone contribute in the victory tonight,” Medeiros said. “Abby Charron’s third quarter performance was pretty special. Whenever she touched the ball, something great happened.”

Charron had six assists and five rebounds. Eschenbrenner had eight steals while Brown had four steals. Allison Celmer pulled down seven rebounds while Gabbie Schenkel had six rebounds.

With the win, Medeiros became the fourth basketball coach in school history with more than 100 career victories. Medeiros, now in his fifth season, has led the Warriors to two NCCC titles, three appearances in the Class S finals and two Class S state championships.

Medeiros is 100-27 with a .787 win percentage, which is tied for the best in team history with Bill Sarmuk, who was 37-10 (.787) in two seasons in 1989-90 and 1990-91 with the Warriors.

Medeiros is now No. 2 on the career win list for girls basketball coaches at Canton, trailing Paul Grossman, who was 165-73 in 10 seasons from 1992 through 2001.

The Warriors and coach Brian Medeiros celebrate 100 career victories after Friday night’s win over Rockville. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

Canton 62, Rockville 38
At Canton
Rockville (38) Aaliya Felix 1 0 2, Alex Silver 1 0 2, Lindsey Montminy 7 7 22, Maddy Daitch 1 0 2, Chloe Scheff 0 2 2, Emily Collins 1 1 3, Hebatalla Mohamed 2 1 5. Totals 13 11 38
Canton (62) Belle Magna 5 0 10, Grace Treacy 1 0 3, Lauren Eschenbrenner 4 0 9, Allie DelSanto 1 0 3, Paige Brown 1 2 4, Maggy First 1 2 4, Maeve Balavender 1 0 2, Abby Charron 10 4 27. Totals 24 8 62
Rockville (14-8)         9    6    9  14 — 38
Canton (17-4)           15  12  24  11 – 62
Three-point goals: Montiminy (Ro), Treacy (Ca), Eschenbrenner (Ca), DelSanto (Ca), Charron (Ca) 3

2018 NCCC girls basketball tournament
First round
Wednesday, February 14
(8) Rockville 42, (9) East Granby 21
(7) Suffield 56, (10) Windsor Locks 18

Friday, February 16
(1) Canton 62, Rockville 38
(5) Granby 52, (4) Bolton 41
(3) East Windsor 61, (6) Somers 22
Suffield 51, (2) SMSA 46

Tuesday, February 20
Granby at Canton, 7 p.m.
Suffield at East Windsor

Thursday, February 22
At site of the higher seed

Top career records for Canton High basketball coaches.

Coach Years W-L Pct.
Bill Mudano 15 years 1974-88 173-155 .527
Eric Deegan 11 years 2002-12 128-115 .526
Coach Years W-L Pct.
Paul Grossman 10 years 1992-01 165-73 .693
Brian Medeiros 5 years 2014-18 100-27 .787



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