By Peter Huoppi
Alyssa Velles scored 25 points and fifth-seeded Norwich Free Academy rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat No. 2 Waterford, 39-36, in the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' basketball tournament championship game Friday night at Plainfield High School.
Velles was named tournament MVP for the Wildcats, who won their 13th tournament title in 20 seasons under coach Bill Scarlata. NFA trailed 20-6 midway through the second quarter.
Adily Martucci scored a game-high 16 points for Waterford, which had its 16-game winning streak snapped.