RHAM girls advance to semifinals in Class L

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Mar. 5, 2013
Sarah Veilleux takes a shot during a Feb. 25 round one tournament game against North Haven. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Sarah Veilleux takes a shot during a Feb. 25 round one tournament game against North Haven. Photos by Melanie Savage.

With a 65-53 overtime win on March 4, the RHAM High School girls' basektball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class L state tournament. Third-seeded Berlin entered the contest with a 19-1 record during the regular season, with a bye in round one and a win against Bristol Eastern to advance to the quarterfinal round of the tourney. RHAM entered the tournament with an 18-2 regular-season record and a number six seed. Wins over North Haven and East Lyme in the tourney brought them up against Berlin.

Sarah Veilleux was the lead scorer for RHAM, racking up 30 points, including the tie-breaking basket in the last 30 seconds that sent the game into overtime. RHAM dominated in overtime, opening with a three-pointer and never letting up.

RHAM will take on number 10-seeded Farmington in the semifinal round. Farmington, finishing the regular season with a 16-4 record, successfully unseated number-two Pomperaug to advance to the semifinals. Top-seeded Bacon Academy, with a 19-1 regular-season record, is still in the tourney and will face number 12-seeded Tolland for the semifinal round.

In Tolland, the Sachems would face a known opponent for the finals. The Sachems have taken on Tolland twice during the regular season, with one loss (50-41) and one win (61-51). A Bacon/RHAM match-up for the final round would be a first meeting between the two powerful teams.

RHAM has beaten Farmington before, in the Sachems’ first game of the season, with a final of 46-45. The semifinal game is scheduled for Friday, March 8, time and location was still to be determined at press time.


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