|Isiah Gaiter and the Sacred Heart boys are back in the state semifinal for a fifth straight season, |
and they have won 106 straight games against in-state foes. The Hearts play Windsor on Thursday.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2018 file)
The Hearts secured their spot with a 67-50 win over fifth-seeded Wilbur Cross at Wilby High School in a Division I state quarterfinal on Monday night. The win is the 106th in a row against state opponents for Sacred Heart.
Isiah Gaiter had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Raheem Solomon tallied 17 points and nine rebounds. Connor Tierney added eight points, five rebounds and six rebounds, and Andre Anderson chipped in 10 points.
The Hearts being in another state semifinal is not shocking. What is shocking is the opponent and how they got there.
Sacred Heart will face No. 8 Windsor, not No. 1 East Catholic, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Chase Arena on the campus of the University of Hartford.
The Warriors secured their semifinal berth in a dramatic 82-81, double-overtime win over the top-ranked, top-seeded and undefeated Eagles at Bulkeley High School in Hartford. Sophomore Corey McKeithan cast the final stone with a 3-pointer in front of his own bench at the buzzer. What was amazing about the shot was McKeithan had to gain control of the inbound pass with his right hand before launching the shot.
Sacred Heart and Windsor met in a Class L quarterfinal last year, which the Hearts won 58-52.