Miranda Arruda

Miranda Arruda

COLCHESTER — Bacon Academy turned back Stonington High, 56-53, Monday night as the two teams shared the ECC Division II regular-season girls basketball title.

Stonington came into the game at 16-3 overall and 7-0 in the league with a chance to win the title outright. Instead, Bacon's Kellie Nudd scored 25 to help her team to the win.

The teams were tied at 25 at the half and Stonington led, 36-35, after three quarters. Bacon took a 48-41 lead with about three minutes remaining.

Stonington did cut the lead to one point, 54-53, with 31 seconds remaining, but could get no closer.

Stonington had limited Nudd to just five points in a 54-25 win against the Bobcats on Jan. 22. Stonington shot almost 60 percent from the field in that win and played one of its best games of the season. But on Monday night they shot 26.9 percent from the field.

Bacon is now 16-4 overall and finished 7-1 in the league.

Miranda Arruda led Stonington (16-4, 7-1) in scoring with 16 points and Zoe Ribeiro finished with 14. Aliza Bell and Sophia Bell had 13 rebounds each. Sophia Bell also scored nine.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Bears.

Stonington will next play in the ECC Division I tournament against an opponent to be determined.

— Keith Kimberlin

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