By Ron P. Coderre
The girls’ high school and prep school basketball season came to a conclusion as four local teams fell in postseason tournament play.
Putnam High School and Woodstock Academy got past first round CIAC contests only to fall in the next round of play.  Pomfret School, a #2 seed in NEPSAC Class B, hosted two games prior to falling out of championship contention.  Marianapolis lost in the first round of competition.
Pomfret Gives It a Run
Pomfret School opened quarterfinal competition in Class B by disposing of Governor’s Academy 64-54.  A trio of double figure scorers, led by Alyzae Davis with 23 points parlayed a strong second half to the victory.  Olivia Batastini with a dozen points and Deja Ross with 15 were also in double digits for the Golden Griffins.
In the semifinals Pomfret lost to the Berkshire School 43-37 in a game that was undecided until the final minutes.  Davis with 16 points was the lone double figure scorer for Pomfret.  The Griffs close out the year at 16-8.
In Class A action Marianapolis lost to Worcester Academy 82-54.  Freshman Olivia Summiel had seven points and 12 boards for the Lady Knights, while senior Caroline Soucy closed out her career at Marianapolis with eight points and four assists.  The Lady Knights finish the season at 13-13.
Putnam & Woodstock Lose 
in CIAC Action
Putnam hosted a first round game and rolled past Achievement First of Hartford 42-31.  The 13th-seeded Putnam Lady Clippers shutout the visitors in the second quarter, which gave them the momentum in the second half, outscoring Achievement 29-22.
Alyssa Espinosa, who was hot from three-point land, was Putnam’s top gun with 17 points, three from beyond the arc.  Maria Fredette chipped in 11 for the winners.
In the next round, the Clippers traveled to Bridgeport and lost to #4 seed Kolbe Cathedral 70-27.  Fredette had 10 and Espinosa eight as the Lady Clippers closed the books on the 2015-2016 season at 14-10.
Woodstock Academy pulled off a Class L upset in the CIAC first round beating Crosby 58-48.  Woodstock was a #22 seed, while Crosby was seeded 11th.  Freshman Ari Koivisto had a breakout game leading the Centaurs with 23 points.  Mackenzie Cayer chipped in 11 and Heather Converse, another freshman, had 11 in the victory.
Against #6-seed East Haven the Lady Centaurs put up a valiant fight before succumbing 47-35.  Jamie Woods with 12 and Koivisto with 10 were the only double digit scorers for coach Will Fleeton.  Woodstock Academy closes its season at 11-12.
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