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East Granby Girls Capture Enfield Rotary Classic Championship

Crusaders knock off Enfield in title game, 33-20.

East Granby held Enfield to just two points in the first quarter, opening up a nine-point halftime lead en route to a 33-20 victory in the championship game of the Enfield Rotary Classic girls basketball tournament Friday at Fermi High School.

In the consolation game, Stafford defeated host Fermi, 45-27.

The 20th annual tournament, founded by Larry Tracey in 1993, is sponsored by the Enfield Rotary Club. Each year, the club donates proceeds from the event to the girls basketball programs at Enfield and Fermi high schools. More than $19,000 has been contributed since the tournament's inception.

East Granby 33, Enfield 20

Tournament Most Valuable Player Kara Dumas scored nine points in the first half, equalling Enfield's output in the opening 16 minutes. She finished with 11 points in the game, 19 for the tournament, and was a strong presence on the boards.

"She's a pretty strong kid who is coming into her own," East Granby head coach Tim Doherty said. "She's learning the post moves, and she's a tough girl to go against."

Kayla Johnson had nine points for the Crusaders, and was named to the All-Tournament team with Dumas and teammate Eileen Dempsey.

Olivia Caronna and Rachel Kaliff scored six points apiece to lead the Raiders. Caronna was selected to the All-Tournament team.

"I'm happy to be runnerup, because we needed that," Enfield head coach Megan Willis said. "I think we've improved, and that's what we're really going for, playing each game as its own competition, so I'm very pleased with them."

"(Enfield) is a tough, aggressive team, and Megan is doing a great job with them," Doherty said. "They're going to be a team to be reckoned with."

Both teams return to action Friday at 7 p.m. East Granby (5-2) plays at SMSA, while Enfield (3-4) hosts Coventry.

Stafford 45, Fermi 27

The Bulldogs jumped to an 8-0 lead, saw Fermi come back within two, then ran off a 19-4 spurt to close the first half en route to victory in the consolation game.

Kelsey Heavener, who was named to the All-Tournament team, scored 11 points in the first half, including a pair of three-pointers. She finished with a game-high 15 points, while teammate Brenna Roy added 10.

Sheena Ware was the top Fermi scorer with nine points. Justyce Jenkins represented the Falcons on the All-Tournament team.

Stafford (2-4) plays at East Windsor Friday at 7 p.m. Fermi (0-7) travels to Hartford Public Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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