Central girls in, Eastern among local teams vying for state tourney berths

It hasn’t been too often that the Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern girls basketball teams are close to each other in terms of record.

That’s the case this year with the Rams (6-8) and Lancers (5-8) separated by a single win. Each team is looking to make an appearance in the state tournament, as is the case for all other winter sports teams after COVID took away the past two state postseasons.

Under the CIAC’s new win percentage guideline of 30%, Central has clinched its state tournament berth, regardless of whether it wins another game. Eastern needs one more win in its final seven games to punch its ticket to the state tournament. Boys teams will need to win 40% of their games to get into the Division II, III, IV and V state tournaments. All teams get into the smaller Division I tournament.

The Lancers aren’t the only local team in need of more victories to get to the state postseason. Even those who have had tough seasons are still alive. Crosby (4-11, 5 games left) needs two wins; Kennedy (2-11, 7 games left) needs four more wins; Wilby (1-12, 7 games) needs five more wins; and Kaynor Tech (0-11, 9 games left) needs six wins.

Already in: Holy Cross (15-0); St. Paul (11-3); Wolcott (7-8); and WCA (6-9).