Girls basketball: Fourth quarters are the difference

It was a tale of two fourth quarters for the Weston High girls basketball team in its two games last week.

Hosting Oxford last Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Trojans saved the best for last. Not only did they manage their highest scoring effort of the night, their defense stepped up as well for a come-from-behind 44-35 win, their first of the season.

“It was certainly rewarding,” said head coach Dan Rosen. “We played an excellent fourth quarter.”

The Trojans also played well at first, taking a 13-6 lead after one frame. The rest of the half was a bit of a struggle, enough for the Wolverines to climb back in it and force a 17-17 tie at halftime.

“We had a little bit of a letdown,” said Rosen. “We’re playing kids who are learning their way around the varsity game.”

The Trojans picked up the pace a bit in the third quarter despite trailing by four points. They clearly had the momentum in the fourth, outscoring their opponent by a better than three to one margin.

Kristen Caolo led Weston with 15 points. Morgan Moubayed had 13 and had five steals on defense.

Anna Mahony scored eight and led the team with 13 rebounds and had nine blocked shots on defense. Zoe Zegers also had a good game under the hoop with 10 rebounds and added two points. Taylor Kennedy scored six.

The situation was reversed when Weston visited Masuk three days later. After having the upper had fir the first three frames the Trojans faltered in the fourth for a 47-39 loss.

Up 15-11 after one frame, Weston held a four-point lead at halftime and still appeared to be in good shape going into the last quarter. That was when Masuk began to use a full-court press defense which Weston had not seen this season, resulting in turnovers, several of which resulted in transition points for the hosts.

Rosen added that Masuk also did a good job denying Mahony the ball in the time remaining.

She still led Weston with 16 points and had nine rebounds. Moubayed scored 15, including three three-pointers. Caolo and Zegers scored two apiece.

Weston visits Bethel on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Morgan Moubayed scored 13 points in a Weston High girls basketball game against Oxford last Tuesday, Dec. 18. Weston won 44-35.—Scot Mullin photo

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