Eight local girls hoop teams qualify for state tournament play

All-Brass Division players Armani Weaver of WCA (left) and Izzy Plant of Holy Cross (right) helped their teams get to the state tournament.

The CIAC girls basketball state tournament brackets have been released, and the first game will be played by Waterbury Career Academy.
Thirty-three teams qualified in Class M, and since the Spartans (8-12 regular season) are the No. 32 seed, they have to play in a qualifying round matchup against No. 33 Kaynor Tech (8-12). WCA will host the game this Friday at 6 p.m., with the winner getting top-seeded Suffield (18-2) of the North Central Connecticut Conference. That game would be on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Suffield.
Class L and Class S begin first round play on Monday, followed by Class LL and Class L on Tuesday.
Holy Cross (19-1) has the best seed of any area team, and you don’t get better than No. 1. Because the CIAC wants to fill each bracket with 32 teams, four 5-15 teams qualified in Class L, and one of those is No. 32 Crosby. The Crusaders will host those Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in The Pit. Holy Cross won both regular season games easily over Crosby.
Kennedy (15-5) is the No. 6 seed in Class L and will play No. 27 Nonnewaug (7-13) of the Berkshire League at 7 p.m. inside Jack Taglia Gymnasium.
In Class S, Sacred Heart (13-7) is No. 16, the last seed to be able to host a home game in a 32-team bracket. The Hearts will entertain No. 17 Putnam (13-7) of the Constitution State Conference at 7 p.m. inside Alumni Hall.
When Class LL begins Tuesday, Bristol Eastern (15-5) will be in the friendly confines of the Thomas M. Monahan Gymnasium. The No. 15 seed will host No. 18 Lyman Hall (13-7) of the Southern Connecticut Conference at 7 p.m.
Several locals occupy seeds in Class M, including the previously mentioned WCA. St. Paul (17-3) has the best seed at No. 7, and it will take on No. 26 Griswold (11-9) of the Eastern Connecticut Conference at 7 p.m. in the gym on Maltby Street. 
No. 15 Kaynor Tech (14-6) also gets to host a first round game and will square off with No. 18 Rocky Hill (13-7) of the Central Connecticut Conference at 7 p.m.
Wolcott (11-9) is the No. 24 seed and the only local to be taking a real road trip for its first game. The Eagles will head out to No. 9 Waterford (16-4) of the Eastern Connecticut Conference for a 7 p.m. game.