SWC girls' basketball teams Notre Dame-Fairfield (see story), Pomperaug of Southbury, and New Fairfield won their holiday tournaments in late December, and the New Fairfield boys played a pair of two-point contests, winning their second game on a last second shot. The Masuk boys also beat the buzzer in a thriller as March Madness seems to have arrived early.
Pomperaug handed two non-conference foes their first losses of the season to capture the Pomperaug Holiday Tournament. The Panthers defeated Newington 49-42 in the December 28 title game. Marina Lambiase earned tourney MVP accolades. She had nine points, seven assists, and six steals in the title contest. Molly Flanagan had a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Syd Lounsbury dropped in nine points and Cara McGettigan added eight points.
The Panthers defeated Greenwich 64-41 in the tourney opener the day before. Maddie Villa scored 12 points. McGettigan had 10 points. Flanagan had nine points and 15 boards. Lambiase handed out 10 assists.
The New Fairfield Rebels won their Tip Off Tournament by pulling out a pair of hard-fought victories, edging New Milford 44-41 on December 26 and beating Bristol Eastern 45-43 two days later.
Sydney O’Connor was named to the All Tournament Team, Ava Romanello earned The Bob Dinardo Heart and Hustle Award, and Gabbi Arterberry was named tournament MVP
Dimyan's Winner And Masuk's Buzzer-Beater
Nick Dimyan hit the game-winning shot in the waning seconds as Coach Donnell Harvey's New Fairfield boys edged Brookfield 70-68 on December 28. The Rebels bounced back from a 58-56 loss at New Milford in the opener the night before.
It wasn't the only dramatic finish on this night. In case you missed it, check out how Masuk won the Bassick Hardwood Holiday Classic in this video.
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