E.O. Smith’s Madison Hughes goes up for a layup attempt against Farmington in the first half of Monday's CIAC Class L girls basketball state tournament first-round game in Storrs. 

STORRS — Sports is such a mental game. When you’re locked in, results happen like what third-seeded E.O. Smith put on display over the first eight minutes of its opening round Class L tournament game against 30th seeded Farmington.

The Panthers press defense and easy baskets resulted in a 21-point first quarter and an 11-point advantage heading into the second period.

But when the focus fades — the Panthers put that on tape as well in the second quarter when they managed only 10 points in the frame.

“We had a great first quarter and we brought the energy out there,” said assistant coach Hunter Hamlin. Hamlin filled in for head coach Mary Roickle who missed the game due to illness. “I don’t know if we got a little tired from pressing in the second quarter but things weren’t looking up.”

Read more about E.O. Smith's win in Thursday's edition of the Chronicle