Head coach Holly Misto gave her team one directive at halftime of Saturday’s CIAC Class LL Championship game. The New London Whalers led by three, 23-20.

”At halftime I said ‘get India Pagan the ball on the block,’” Misto said. “We’ve got to get them in foul trouble and she has to touch it.”

Pagan came out of the locker room and scored seven consecutive points for her team to help extend New London’s lead. It would help the Whalers to their second state championship in four years. New London knocked off Trumbull 42-36 in a battle between both teams who were voted a consensus No. 1 in the state twice this year.

“They are a good team,” Pagan said. “I’m not going to take nothing away from them, but we knew we were the better team. Although, they were number one, but we know we have better skill, better players, and better heart.”

In her final game at New London, Pagan put up 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Julia Keckler led all Trumbull scorers with 12 points. She also collected five steals.

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