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No. 12 Canton wins seventh straight, maintains lead in hunt for NCCC title

Canton’s Allison Celmer looks to pass the ball in Friday night’s NCCC victory over East Windsor. Celmer had seven points in the victory. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

EAST WINDSOR, January 25 – Abby Charron had 15 points as the Canton High girls basketball team won their seventh straight game on Friday night with a 52-35 victory over East Windsor in North Central Connecticut Conference play.

The defending NCCC champion Warriors improved to 15-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the league. With the win, Canton maintains a lead of 1½ games over second place Sport Medical Science Academy (SMSA) in the race for the league championship.

Canton (15-1, 12-0 NCCC) has four games remaining in the regular season – all at home beginning with Monday’s contest against Hartford Classical. Canton, which moved up to No. 12 in the lastest GameTimeCT top 10 girls basketball poll, plays three games this coming week with games against Windsor Locks on Wednesday and Somers on Friday.

SMSA (12-3, 10-1 NCCC) has five games remaining in the regular season. The Tigers dropped a 55-37 decision to Canton on January 14.

Lauren Eschenbrenner scored 12 points for Canton against East Windsor while Gabbie Schinkel had eight points. Lauren Keel led East Windsor (10-5, 7-4 NCCC) with a game-high 18 points.

Canton’s Morgan Walzak takes a shot during Friday night’s NCCC win over East Windsor. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton led by two after one period but turned in a strong defensive effort in the second quarter and turned that two point lead into 13-point lead at the half.

The Warriors got off to a quick start earlier this week in a 65-42 win over Bolton. Canton raced out of the gate with a 21-11 lead after one quarter and a 36-18 lead at the half.

Allison Celmer led the way for Canton with 12 points and eight rebounds while Sarah Bowman had 10 points. Charron chipped in with 10 points and 10 assists with Eschenbrenner, Grace Treacy, Lauren Puglielli and Schinkel had seven points each.

Grace Treacy drives to the basket in Friday night’s win over East Windsor. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton 52, East Windsor 35
At East Windsor
Canton (52) Abby Charron 7 0 15, Allison Celmer 3 1 7, Lauren Eschenbrenner 4 3 12, Sarah Bowman 2 1 5, Paige Brown 0 1 1, Grace Treacy 2 0 4, Gabbie Schinkel 3 2 8. Totals 21 8 52
East Windsor (35) Alyssa Saponare 6 0 13, Lauren Keel 6 5 18, Kristin Boivin 2 0 4, Heather Godek 0 0 0, Katie Blume 0 0 0. Totals 14 5 35
Canton (15-1)                  13  17  11  11  — 52
East Windsor (10-5)       11    6  11    7  — 35
Three-point goals: Charron (Ca), Eschenbrenner (Ca), Saponare (EW), Keel (EW)

Canton 65, Bolton 42
At Canton
Bolton (42) Emily DeNunzio 1 0 2, Eva Romkey 3 1 7, Brooke Damboise 5 1 13, Emily Treadwell 1 0 2, Keira Francis 9 0 18. Totals 19 2 42
Canton (65) Abby Charron 3 2 10, Allison Celmer 6 0 12, Lauren Eschenbrenner 3 0 7, Sarah Bowman 5 0 10, Paige Brown 1 0 2, Grace Treacy 3 0 7, Gabbie Schinkel 3 1 7, Ally DelSanto 1 0 3, Lauren Puglielli 3 0 7. Totals 28 3 65
Bolton (7-7)                      11    7  18    6  — 42
Canton (14-1)                  21  15  16  13  — 65
Three-point goals: Damboise (B) 2, Charron (Ca) 2, Eschenbrenner (Ca), Treacy (Ca), DelSanto (Ca), Puglielli (Ca)

NCCC standings

NCCC Overall
Canton 12-0 15-1
SMSA 10-1 12-3
Granby 9-3 10-5
Somers 8-3 10-4
Ellington 8-3 10-4
Suffield 8-3 10-5
East Windsor 7-4 10-5

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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