All Record-Journal 2019-20 Girls Basketball

Was another “Run to the Sun” in the offing for Sheehan girls basketball?

Not meaning to sound like a broken record in this All-Record-Journal winter series, given how exponentially the coronavirus crisis has worsened since the CIAC canceled what remained of the postseason, but state championship aspirations were very real for the 2019-20 Lady Titans.

They weren’t intimidated by big-game pressure. They had reached the state finals the year before.

They woke up the morning of March 10 carrying a record of 20-4. They had gained the state Class MM quarterfinals. They were two wins away from returning to Mohegan Sun Arena.

And then, as in hockey, as in boys swimming, the storyline ended with the CIAC’s decree.

Truth be told, the All-Record-Journal Girls Basketball Team was already chosen by then. We had a nine-girl team we were ready to celebrate and, shaking off this momentary lapse into melancholy, we celebrate right now.

Southington High School’s Kelley Marshall, junior
  • Averaged a team-high 9.7 points
  • Averaged 4.3 rebounds
  • Shot 44.1 percent from the floor
  • Blue Knights went 1-5 without her
Lyman Hall High School’s Brianna Mik, junior
  • Lyman Hall’s leading scorer at 10.5 points a game
  • 15 points in first-round SCC upset of Wilbur Cross
  • 24 3-pointers
  • Averaged 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game
  • All-SCC Second Team
Mark T. Sheehan High School’s Caitlyn Hunt, junior
  • Averaged area-high 17.5 points per game
  • All-SCC First Team
  • Second time All-RJ in basketball
  • Also two-time All-RJ volleyball player
"Honesty, not many teams have an answer for (Hunt),” Sheehan coach Mike Busillo said. “She’s been our leading scorer all year. If we are going to advance, we are going to need Caitlyn to score.
Orville H. Platt High School’s Ja’lexia West, junior
  • Team-high 167 rebounds
  • Averaged just under 10 points a game
  • Had six double-doubles
  • 17 points and 15 rebounds vs. Conard on December 20, 2019.
Cheshire High School’s Emma Watkinson, senior
  • Led Rams with just under 10 points a game
  • Playing next year at Division III Endicott College
“Having Caitlyn Hunt helps,” Busillo said. “And Velez was terrific tonight, a true floor general. She had an open layup and passed it to Hunt so she could have the layup. That’s just unselfish basketball. Hunt was terrific today; she’s been like that all year.”
Mark T. Sheehan High School’s Caitlyn Velez, junior
  • All-SCC First Team
  • Point guard for 20-4 Titans
"Velez has been playing like that all year,” Sheehan coach Mike Busillo said. “She controls everything. She never leaves the floor. She’s really developing into a complete point guard. She controls tempo and does a really good job. I have kids with experience and that certainly helps.”
“They are four great kids and lead by example,” Cheshire coach Michelle Vieira said. “It is always fun to see the growth.”
“But that’s the fun part, I hope, as an athlete: Learning what you have to do to be successful,” Southington head coach Howie Hewitt said. “I’m just happy for them.”
Lyman Hall High School’s Hailey Bruneau, senior
  • Scored 8.9 points and grabbed 5.1 rebounds a game.
  • 35 3-pointers
  • 12 blocks against Rocky Hill on December 27, 2019
  • All-SCC Second Team
  • Playing next year at Division III University of Rochester.
Mark T. Sheehan High School’s Madison Larkin, senior
  • 24-234, just shy of 10 points a game
  • All-SCC Second Team
“Larkin was great tonight,” Sheehan coach Mike Busillo said. “I would like to say that I’m surprised, but I know she has games like this in her. With her being a senior, this may be her last game against Lyman Hall. I know she wanted this win bad.”
Southington High School’s Livvy Pizzitola, junior
  • Averaged team-high 24.5 minutes a game.
  • Shot 40 percent from the floor and averaged 8.0 points
  • Led the team with 78 steals and 54 assists
  • Hit game-winning shots vs. Glastonbury and Middletown
“I don’t know what happened. I just stole the ball and I went up,” Pizzitola said. “It was just a blur. I just got it and went.”

“I love coaching at Maloney,” said Southington coach Howie Hewitt. “I love coaching at Maloney for Maloney and I love coaching Southington at Maloney.”

All RJ Girls Basketball back row left to right; Hailey Bruneau, Lyman Hall, Emma Watkinson, Cheshire, Kelley Marshall, Southington, Caitlyn Hunt, Sheehan, Madison Larkin, Sheehan. Front row left to right; Brianna Mik, Lyman Hall, Caitlyn Velez, Sheehan, Livvy Pizzitola, Southington, Ja'lexia West, Platt.

“This team reminded me of the team I coached in March,” Sheehan coach Mike Busillo said. “We showed a lot of care on defense in the first half and that helped us with our energy on the offensive end. We got our feet moving offensively and did a great job in on offensive in the third quarter.”


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