Its youth eventually became apparent as the Weston High girls varsity basketball team took on Notre Dame of Fairfield in its season-opener last week.
The Trojans, who make use of a number of freshmen and sophomores in their lineup, soon had their hands full with a more experienced opponent. While they did stay with the Lancers early the night the visitors widened the gap over the middle quarters as the Trojans fell 64-31 at home on Saturday, Dec. 8.
“I’m pleased with some of the things we did,” said Weston head coach Dan Rosen. “We have a lot of young players.”
Weston trailed 8-1 at first but then outscored its opponent 6-1 until the end of the first quarter to come within two points (9-7). However, the Lancers had a number of players who could hit the three-point shot, helping them pull out of reach. One came on a 45-foot shot at the buzzer as they went into halftime up 35-18.
When play resumed the Lancers again outscored the hosts in the third frame, coming by a better than 2-1 margin to go up 55-25. Weston had a better showing near the end, getting outscored by just three (9-6) for the final quarter.
The Lancers had three players score in double digits compared to one for Weston. That was senior captain Anna Mahony, who sank 20 points, including at least four in every quarter. She also had a number of lay-ups and went four for four from the foul line.
“She had the best game so far of her high school career,” said Rosen. “Her shot is coming along beautifully.”
Three other players also scored for Weston. Morgan Moubayed scored five points with five assists and Kristen Caolo sank four. Claire Levi added two.
The Trojans visit New Fairfield on Friday, go to Faith Prep on Monday and are home to Oxford on Tuesday. All games start at 7 p.m.