High School Basketball: Lady Wolverines Make It To 2nd Round Of State Tournament For The First Time In Over A Decade

This article was published on: 03/3/20 5:18 AM by Mike Minarsky

After an early exit from the ECC tournament with their loss to Windham, The Lady Wolverines wanted to show that they have come a long way this year and have evolved.  Tonight they did just that with a first round victory in the CIAC State Tournament (Class M) over 14th seeded  Goodwin Tech, 45-19.  Griswold is ranked 19th.

The beginning of the season had much promise with a strong core coming back from last year.  But, with transfers and injuries, they ladies along with Coach Babcock had to reinvent themselves and adjust a bit, especially when Sonja Matheson went down hard with a season ending ankle injury.

Tonight’s game was all Wolverines, going on a 12-2 run at one point, and the game never seriously in doubt.  Lindsey Van Lanen helped the barrage with 12 first half points, 14 total in the game.  Mandy Brehler has also come up big for Griswold as of late, she had 10 points in the contest.

Defense was key for Griswold as they forced 38 turnovers on Goodwin Tech as opposed to only 11.  Audrey Giroux led the thefts with 8, Van Lanen added 7 steals, Eliasson with 5 as Coach Babcock said that they played a lot of full court man to man defense.  Griswold also held a slight edge on rebounding, 38-34, Abbey Wing and Samantha Falco each with 6

Round 2 for the Wolverines will be against the 17-3 Holy Cross Crusaders, who are the #3 seed in the tourney.  Holy Cross defeated #30 Innovation easily, 63-22 to advance.  The game will be Thursday March 5th, 6:30 at Holy Cross, in Waterbury.

In other area state Girls Basketball on Monday


(7) Ansonia 56 (26) Plainfield 29

(22) Stonington 62 (11) Granby 50

(15) Windham 81 (18) O’Brien 27

(20 Montville 56 (13) Prince 47

(9) Cromwell 56 (24) Lyman Memorial 24

(16) SMSA 62 (17) Norwich Tech 29

Class S

(1) East Hampton – First Round Bye

Class LL

(4) NFA 65 (29) Woodstock Academy 37

(30) Hall 45 (3) New London 29

Class MM  (New Division)

(4) Bacon Academy 59  (29) Barlow 33


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