Winter Teams Prepare for Playoffs

Three varsity winter teams will see their seasons continue this week as the girls hockey and both basketball teams prepare for their respective NEPSAC tournaments.

The boys basketball team (20-1) has produced a superlative season, with its only loss coming back in January to Canterbury, a team they will not see in the Class A bracket. The Bearcats enter the tournament as the #1 seed and will host #8 Berkshire on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Hotchkiss defeated the Bears 78-51 at home in the only two meetings between the teams.

If they win their quarterfinal match, the team will face an opponent from the east, as #4 Exeter squares off against #5 Milton. Waiting on the other side of the bracket are #2 St. Sebastian’s, #3 Belmont Hill, #6 Loomis, and #7 Trinity-Pawling.

Two years ago, the Bearcats advanced all the way to the finals, losing a nail-biter to Loomis.

Enjoying a renaissance this season, the girls basketball team (10-8) returns to the tournament for the first time in nearly a decade. The Bearcats qualified as the #8 seed and will head to BB&N on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. for a neutral-court matchup against top-seeded Thayer. The two teams did not play against each other this season.

If they advance to the semifinals, the team will face either #4 Kent or #4 Sacred Heart, both of whom defeated the Bearcats in their only games this season.

On the ice, the girls hockey team (8-9-1) also punched its postseason ticket. Entering the bracket as the #6 seed, the Bearcats will travel to #3 Choate on Wednesday for a 3:00 p.m. game. The two teams should be quite familiar with each other, having played less than a week ago. Choate pulled out a narrow 3-2 victory in the only game this season between the two teams.

The winner of that quarterfinal will play #2 BB&N, which received a bye, on Saturday.

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