Bacon Academy girls head to quarterfinals
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Mar. 6, 2012
The Bacon Academy Bobcats girls’ basketball team began its run for the Class L state title last Friday, March 3, with a game against the Masuk Panthers at Bacon Academy. Seeded third in the tourney, the Bobcats, who finished the season with an 18–2 record, received a first-round bye, while the 14th-seeded Panthers (12-8) defeated 19th seed Middletown High School 76–51 in the first round.
After starting the game with a run of turnovers that put Bacon Academy down by four early, the Bobcats found their groove, finishing the first period with a 14–9 lead, which they never relinquished. Starting the fourth quarter strong, Masuk pulled to within eight at 47–39, but couldn’t overcome a strong Bacon defense, and the Bobcats went on to a 56–45 victory.
Junior Taylor McLaughlin led the Bobcats with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Sarah Rogers and Carlee Putnam, both also juniors, finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Lauren Maile led the Masuk Panthers with 13 points.
With the victory, the Bacon Academy Bobcats advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face 22nd-seeded Brookfield High School, which advanced with victories over 11th seed East Lyme High School and number 6 seed Watertown High School. The game will be held Thursday, March 8, at Bacon Academy.