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Enfield, East Granby to Battle For Rotary Classic Championship

Raiders defeat Fermi, 40-35; Crusaders top Stafford, 57-33.

The girls basketball teams from East Granby and Enfield will battle Friday night in the championship game of the 20th annual Enfield Rotary Classic at Fermi High School.

East Granby turned back a game Stafford squad 57-33 in Thursday's opening round, while Enfield defeated crosstown rival Fermi for the first time in eight years, coming back from an eight-point deficit to post a 40-35 victory.

The championship matchup will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Fermi and Stafford will meet in the consolation game at 6 p.m.

East Granby 57, Stafford 33

Stafford gave the Crusaders a run for their money, trailing by just five points with a minute to play in the third quarter, but East Granby embarked on an 11-0 run and gradually pulled away for the victory.

Kayla Johnson poured in nine second-half points en route to a game-high 16 for East Granby (4-2). Teammate Samantha Daleb added 15 points.

Kelsey Heavener led Stafford (1-4) with nine points.

Enfield 40, Fermi 35

The host Falcons led for nearly 18 straight minutes of play, building an eight-point advantage late in the first half, but Enfield battled back to take the lead for good with 2:47 remaining to earn its berth in the finals.

Rachel Kaliff scored 10 points in the second half for the Raiders, including eight from the free throw line, and finished with 11 points. Teammate Olivia Caronna led Enfield (3-3) with 12 points.

Sheena Ware had a game-high 15 points for Fermi (0-6).

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