Girls basketball: Second round of the CIAC tournaments sees win 704 for Fred Williams

The CIAC Class L and MM girls basketball tournaments continued with second round games Thursday. Class LL, M and S will complete second round games Friday.

Here is what we saw in the second round Thursday night.

CIAC girls coaching record tied

No. 1 seeded Northwestern defeated No. 17 Ledyard 58-48 in the CIAC Class MM second round and with the victory Northwestern coach Fred Williams tied former Masuk coach Dave Strong’s state record of 704 career wins.

Williams will go for the all-time record in the quarterfinals against No. 8 Hand Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Northwestern.

Williams has a 704-321 career record, leading Northwestern to the Class M state title in 1990.

Back in Action

After missing the NVL championship game with an injury, Holy Cross’ All-State guard Mya Zaccagnini was back for the Crusaders Class L second round game, a 67-50 victory over No. 18 Masuk.

Zaccagnini picked up where she left off before the injury, scoring 26 points and getting  6 steals.

No. 2 seeded Holy Cross will host No. 7 New Milford, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Seeded Upsets

Class MM saw the first major upset as No. 18 Berlin out of the CCC defeated No. 2 Ellington from the NCCC 59-40.

Kailee DeMaio had 21 points, including four 3-pointers and Brooke Walker added 13 points for Berlin.

Ellington is the first top-four seed to exit the tournament.

Berlin will face No. 7 Wolcott in the quarterfinals Monday at 7 p.m. in Wolcott.

This is Berlin’s second-straight season reaching the quarterfinals. Last season the Red Coats lost to eventual champion SHA in the Class MM quarterfinals.

The rest of Class MM held their seeds with seven of the top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals.

In Class L, No. 12 Windsor beat No. 5 Simsbury 40-37. Windsor moves on to play No. 4 Torrington in the quarterfinals Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Also in L, No. 9 North Haven defeated No. 8 Bristol Central 58-46. North Haven will play at No. 1 Pomperaug Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Conference Breakdown

In Class L, the CCC started the night with six teams alive but that number is down to two and both teams that won (Windsor, E.O. Smith) beat fellow CCC teams. He SWC was 2-1; the NVL went 2-0; the FCIAC was 1-1; the SCC went 1-1 and the ECC was 0-1.

In Class MM, the SCC was 4-1 with the only loss coming with Mercy knocking off East Haven. The Berkshire League, NVL, ECC and CCC each got one team through to the quarterfinals.