By Ron P. Coderre
In a very busy week all girls’ teams saw action as unbelievably the final week of regular season action is upon us.  Some of the programs are playing out the string while others are preparing for the postseason.
Putnam, Plainfield, Killingly and Woodstock Academy are safely in the postseason and will be looking forward to the upcoming seedings and pairings.  Ellis Tech and Tourtellotte are mathematically eliminated.
The three prep schools Pomfret School, Marianapolis and Hyde-Woodstock were all in action.  Based on the records it appears that only Pomfret School will enjoy an opportunity to play beyond the regular season.  Marianapolis is on the cusp with a record hovering around the .500 mark.  Hyde-Woodstock remains in search of its first win of the season.
Lady Clippers Playing
 Well Down the Stretch
Putnam sporting a 12-7 record on the season and 9-2 in the Constitution State Conference East Division picked up two more victories last week.  The Lady Clippers opened the week with a 57-31 win over Academy of the Holy Family.  Following a close first period, which ended 15-13 in favor of Putnam the team scored 42 points in the final three quarters while holding Holy Family to a mere 18 points.
The duo of Maria Fredette and Olivia Braithwaite with 16 points apiece paced coach Mandy Hogan’s ladies.  Ashley Burke chipped in 10 points for the winners.  In its next contest Putnam walked off with a 34-25 victory over MLC.  Burke with 16 points was the game-high scorer.
Plainfield was on the hardwood three times, opening with a key 56-35 victory over local rival Killingly.  Julie Jordan with 21 points led four Lady Panthers in double figures.  Joining Jordan in the point parade were Zoe Beaver (11), Madeline Lorange (10) and freshman Madison Kelley also with 10.  Meagan Bianchi was the only Killingly player in double digits with 13 markers.
The Lady Panthers lost the next contest to Waterford 46-36.  They couldn’t muster any offense against the Lady Lancers as Jordan with 14 points was the main contributor for Plainfield.  Against Old Saybrook the team rebounded for a 45-26 win.  Beaver with 18 points and Jordan with a dozen paced the 11-8 overall and 5-5 Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division Lady Panthers.
Following the loss to Plainfield Killingly lost its only other game a 65-50 decision to Stonington.  Again it was Bianchi who was the team’s high scorer with 19 points.  Ally Conde had a big game inside with 17 points.  The Redgals are 8-10 and 1-8 in the ECC Medium Division.
Tourtellotte lost its only two games of the week, virtually eliminating them from postseason play.  Against Windham they were beaten 61-49 despite 22 points from Abby Poirier and a dozen from Emily Vincent.  The next game they were dropped by Griswold 58-47 as Poirier with 10 and Maegan Roy with 11 were in double digits.  The Lady Tigers are 6-13 overall and 2-7 in the ECC Small Division.
Ellis Tech fell to 4-14 on the season and 3-9 in the CSC East Division after losing all three of its games last week.  The Golden Eagles were beaten by Norwich Tech 35-13, Academy of the Holy Family 42-32 and Parish Hill 48-29.  
Woodstock Academy lost big to Norwich Free Academy 67-29 as the offense was unable to get into double figures in any of the four quarters.  In an ECC Large Division contest the Acads beat Fitch 49-44, raising their record to 10-8 and 2-7 in the Large Division.  Jamie Woods was the Centaurs high scorer with 14 points while Mackenzie Cayer and Ari Koivisto each chipped in 10 points.  
Light Schedule
for the Preps
Marianapolis and Pomfret School, two schools separated geographically by about five miles, squared off in a game for local supremacy.  The Lady Knights prevailed in a tightly contested game 54-50.  Marianapolis was on top 29-28 at intermission and held on in the second half for the verdict.
The Golden Knights were led by the trio of Nicole Anderson with 15 points and Caroline Soucy and Sophia Widmeyer, who posted 12 points apiece.  Alyzae Davis had an outstanding game for Pomfret but her 23-point effort wasn’t enough.  The only other Griffin in double figures was Deja Ross with 10 points.
Marianapolis split its next two games, beating St. George’s 57-48 behind Jordan Frye’s 16 points and 11 points and nine rebounds by Soucy before losing to New Hampton 55-40.  The lone bright spot for the Lady Knights was Olivia Summiel who had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Pomfret School lost its only other game of the week a 54-44 verdict at the hands of Williston Northampton.  Olivia Batastini had 15 and Davis 10 in the loss. 
Marianapolis is 11-9 on the season while Pomfret stands at 11-6.
Hyde School-Woodstock remained winless at 0-11 as they were beaten by the Wheeler School of Rhode Island 55-28.
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