Monday’s hoop tourney action, and looking ahead to today

Two local basketball teams will play for a holiday tournament title today.
First up, the St. Paul girls take on Sacred Heart Academy in the finals of the David T. Rybczyk Memorial Tournament at 6 p.m. The Falcons won 63-53 over Pomperaug on Monday behind 20 points from Lizzy Cretella. St. Paul did lose Jillian Kilmer to injury, though the coaching staff didn’t think it was severe, according to a Bristol Press story.
The Holy Cross girls face a big challenge when they take on state power Mercy at 6:45 p.m. in the final of the Mercy Holiday Classic. RaShana Siders (22) and Century McCartney (21) paced the Crusader offensive attack, according to results reported to the Waterbury Republican-American.

Here’s how the rest of Monday’s tourney action went:
Plainville 60, Waterbury Career Academy 54: The Spartan boys suffered their first defeat of the season in the Rybczyk Memorial Tournament. Marquan Watson led WCA with 19 points while Roderick Jenkins added 17. Watson also had eight rebounds, according to results reported to the Rep-Am. WCA plays Wilcox Tech in a consolation game today at 4:15 p.m. at Plainville High School.
New Fairfield 70, Bristol Eastern 41: The Lancer girls couldn’t keep up with the Rebels in the second half of their News-Times Greater Danbury Holiday Festival game. Miya Laprise led the Lancers with 10 points while Gianna D’Amato chipped in eight, according to a game story from Rich Gregory of the News-Times. The game was a rematch of last year’s Holiday Festival title game, won by Eastern. The Lancers face New Milford Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the consolation game at Danbury War Memorial.

West Haven 51, Waterbury Career Academy 21: The Spartan girls were defeated by the host school in their holiday tournament. Leila Lazaro and Armani Weaver each had six points for WCA, according to results reported to the Rep-Am.
Kaynor Tech 41, Abbott Tech 1: The Panther girls picked up their first win in convincing fashion in the CSC Christmas Tournament. Cassie Couture and Sarah Wisniewski each scored eight points for Kaynor, according to results reported to the Rep-Am.

A reminder: The Crosby boys basketball team faces New London today at 6 p.m. at the inaugural CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic at Maloney High School in Meriden.