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Three FCIAC basketball teams ranked in state Top 10s

The Fairfield Warde and Greenwich girls teams are both ranked among the top eight while the Danbury boys team is eighth in the latest state Top 10 high school basketball polls.

Capital Prep remained No. 1 as the unanimous choice, while FCIAC teams Warde and Greenwich are fifth and eighth, respectively, in the most recent GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 girls basketball poll released Jan. 24.

Capital Prep was involved in a showdown of No. 1 versus No. 2 last week and Capital Prep’s top-ranked Trailblazers prevailed by a 49-43 victory over second-ranked and then-undefeated Mercy. So Capital Prep (11-2) received all 17 first-place votes from the poll that combines mostly media members and a a handful of coaches on the voting panel and Mercy (12-1) remained No. 2.

Undefeated New London (12-0) and undefeated Cromwell (13-0) are third and fourth, respectively.

Warde’s Mustangs lost their opening game of the season to Norwich Free Academy, 62-54, in the Masuk Tipoff Tournament on Dec. 12 and they had won 10 straight since. The Mustangs were seventh last week and they moved up two spots to fifth.

They are followed by unbeaten New Fairfield (13-0) and South Windsor (10-1).

Greenwich improved to 8-1 with a 71-25 victory at home over Staples in the only game last week for the Cardinals and they maintained their ranking at No. 8 from the previous week.

Greenwich will host Fairfield Warde on Feb. 1 in a game that will have serious implications regarding the securing of high seeds for the upcoming conference tournament.

Holy Cross (12-1) and Southington (11-1) complete the girls’ Top 10.

The voting format forth both polls is designed to where voters pick the top 15 teams and points are tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.

Stamford and Trumbull are the other two FCIAC girls teams that received points as Stamford had the 15th most points and Trumbull the 19th most among the 23 teams in the state that received points.

In the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 Boys Basketball Poll, defending state Class S champion Sacred Heart may have had its 40-game winning streak snapped but it still remained No. 1 because No. 2 Weaver also lost and Sacred Heart’s loss was to just a two-point loss (82-80) to highly-regarded Foothills Christian (Calif.), which is ranked 23rd in the country and fifth in California in the latest MaxPreps rankings.

Sacred Heart (8-1), now in Class M, received 16 first-place votes from the 19 voting members of the media while Windsor (10-0) utilized its 75-71 victory over Weaver to received the other three first-place votes and vault from No. 4 up to No. 2.

Undefeated Fairfield Prep (9-0), which won a 51-50 thriller over FCIAC champion Westhill in the 2014-15 Class LL state championship game, had the state’s longest winning streak of 13 after the Jesuits won their their third game of the week last Friday and they remained third.

Weaver (8-1) dropped down to fourth and was followed by Newington (10-0), East Catholic (7-1) and Bloomfield.

The boys’ state poll indicates this may be a relatively down year in quality for FCIAC teams, given that Danbury (7-0) is ranked eighth as the only conference team in the Top 10.

Notre Dame-Fairfield (7-1) and Wilbur Cross (7-1) complete the Top 10.

Three FCIAC teams were among the 14 teams in the “Others receiving votes” category. Brien McMahon improved to 8-0 with a 77-50 home victory over Bridgeport Central on Jan. 22 and that enabled the Senators to receive the 13th most points in the latest poll. Wilton (6-1) was tied for 19th and Trumbull (7-1) had the 21st most.

Danbury has a trio of tough road match-ups next week at Wilton on Feb. 1, McMahon on Feb. 3 and Trinity Catholic on Feb. 5.

Shania Osborne and the Warde Mustangs are ranked No. 5 in the latest state poll. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Shania Osborne and the Warde Mustangs are ranked No. 5 in the latest state poll. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

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