BLOOMFIELD – In an afternoon affair, the Plainville girls basketball team was up to the challenge against Bloomfield on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
And even in the early start, the Blue Devils took the advantage early in the game and never gave in as Plainville sank the Warhawks 42-28 in a CCC Interdivisional challenge from Bloomfield High School.
With the victory, Plainville evened its ledger at 7-7 while the Warhawks have only three wins to 11 losses.
Once again, the Blue Devils’ duo at forward – Katy Dressel and Kelsey Clemens – wreaked major havoc in the game as they combined for 26 points and snatched over 20 rebounds in another big effort.
Dressel led all players with 20 points while Clemens ended things with six points, including a bomb from long range.
Carly Martino added eight points, Stephaine Martino and Rachel Lancaster had three apiece, while Kelly Slabinski netted a hoop for the Blue Devils.
Corrine Williams paced Bloomfield with 14 points but no other player had more than four points for the losing squad.
The Blue Devils led 12-7 after one period of play and clamped down on defense in the second, outscoring the Warhawks 8-4, and grabbed a 20-11 halftime push .
In the third, both teams netted eight points apiece but Plainville maintained its nine-point edge before outscoring the home team 14-9 over the final eight minutes to take a big 14-point win on the road in a hostile environment.
The win also put Plainville on the cusp of state tournament qualification as the squad must win one out of its final six games to sow it up.
And the Blue Devils accomplished that feat a couple days later, qualifying for the state tournament as Plainville smashed Bulkeley from the Babe Allen Field in Hartford during a CCC South affair.
In this game, Clemens went for a game-high 21 points while Dressel added 16 in the state tournament sealing victory.
Deja Nolan put in six points while Alexi Cruz and Slabinski each netted four points in the winning effort.
Bulkeley, now 1-15 on the year, saw Amariah Brown throw in 19 points as the home team struggled once again to put points on the board.
The Blue Devils led 15-6 after one frame. But after only taking an 8-7 edge in the second, the halftime score was actually pushed out to 23-13.
But the visitors made it academic over the final 16 minutes of action, outscoring the Bulldogs 34-21, to preserve the win and punch its ticket to the state tournament.