By MICHAEL LETENDRE
For the second consecutive season, and third in the last four years, the Plainville girls basketball team is playing postseason basketball.
And that means opponents better beware.
The Blue Devils have played very good basketball from start to finish this year during the regular season and there’s no reason to feel things should be different in the Class M tournament.
Plainville earned a 10-10 ledger in a very tough CCC South conference that included both Berlin (19-1) and Bristol Eastern (14-6).
This past Tuesday, the Blue Devils scooped up the 26th ranking and Class M and earned a shot against Montville, rated #7 and were 15-5 overall this year.
The Blue Devils had better saved up its bottle and can money for gas because Montville is a 52 mile trip (over and hour travel by bus) as Montville is in Oakdale, right down the street from a couple of those famous casinos.
The winner of this first round challenge game gets either #10 Trinity Catholic or #23 East Haven on March 1 but either way, if Plainvile advances, the Blue Devils would be back on the road to take on one of those challengers.
A quarterfinal showdown with #2 Notre Dame-Fairfield – which would take place on March 7 – could be in the works of a couple upsets go in Plainville’s favor.
Montville comes into the game winners four of its last seven games but dropped its final regular season contest to very tough Bacon Academy, 49-21.
Overall, the Indians are 16-6 after its conference tournament play and will be a stern test for Plainville.
Familiar foe Cromwell is the top ranked team in all of Class M and did not lose a game in the regular season – going 20-0 – and 23-0 overall after conference tournament play.
But the postseason is a brand new season and everyone starts on the ground floor.
Just like last year, the Blue Devils start the postseason on the road and, frankly, the pressure is on Montville to come out and defeat Plainville, not vise-versa.
And in the state tournament, the only thing for certain at this point of the year is nothing’s for certain.
NOTES…Over the last few seasons are so, Plainville has played a spoiler role of sorts.
On March 2, 2010, the 29th rated Blue Devils sank #4 Lewis Mills 33-25 but the Blue Devils went 4-16 the following season and did not qualify for the state tournament.
Last season, #27 Plainville upset #13 Ansonia 44-42 in overtime before dropping a hard fought 50-37 contest to Cromwell in second round action.