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Masuk girls beat same team they will face in playoff opener

Bailey Bajda dribbles for Masuk during late-season action. The Panthers open the playoffs on Friday when New Fairfield visits at 6:30 p.m.
MONROE, CT — Wednesday’s clash between visiting New Fairfield and Masuk was a preview of the South-West Conference Tournament opener. Masuk’s girls basketball team overcame an early deficit to defeat the Rebels 42-34 in the regular season finale.

The teams will square off again in the SWC quarterfinals, when the No. 6 Rebels head back to Monroe looking to avenge this defeat to the No. 3 Panthers. They will meet Friday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

In Wednesday’s game, New Fairfield opened up a 14-4 lead through one quarter of play. Masuk trailed just 19-17 at the half and it was a 26-25 Rebel lead going into the fourth.

The Panthers outscored their counterparts 17-8 in the final stanza to earn the win.

Dani Dube and Bailey Bajda led Masuk with a dozen points apiece, Grace Kearney scored 11, Hannah Fagan had four and Olivia Garrity added three.

A big part of this game was foul shots. Masuk was 9-for-10 from the free throw line and New Fairfield went 5-for-14.

The Panthers finished their impressive regular season campaign with a record of 16-4.

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