The Shelton High girls basketball team was upset by Sheehan High, 32-30, on Thursday night in the first round of the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament at Murray Gymnasium.
Seeded sixth, the Gaelettes never led and failed to score a point over the game’s final 3:21 after Casey O’Connor tied the game at 30 with a foul-line jumper.
Sheehan, the No. 13 seed, broke the deadlock on foul shots from Ashley Hutchison and Sydney Robinson — the former with 1:11 left to play and the latter at the 33-second mark. After an empty Shelton possession, Alexia Ocasio had a chance to put the game away from the Titans with six seconds left.
The sophomore missed both attempts, but Colleen Flood’s heave from halfcourt came up well short, as Sheehan prevented the Gaelettes from notching their first SCC tournament victory since 2011.
O’Connor was the lone player to reach double figures in scoring, tallying a game-high 16 points. Cassie Strickland led Sheehan (13-8) with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
Long-range jumpers were the difference, as Sheehan sank seven 3s, including five in the first half when it built up a 19-12 edge at the break.
Shelton (13-8) made just one, coming from Maggie Howard with 6:39 left in the game. That prompted a Sheehan timeout with the Gaelettes in the midst of a 7-0 run that tied the game at 28.
Ocasio knocked down a both ends of a one-and-one to put Sheehan ahead, 30-28, before O’Connor’s jumper set up the sluggish finish.
The Titans will East Haven High, the third seed, on Saturday at Sheehan High in Wallingford.