Its performance level picked up a bit in the second half but time would give out for the Weston High girls basketball team when it visited Northwestern Regional.
The Trojans, who had a tough first half offensively, tried to make up for it over the finals two quarters last Friday, Dec. 28. While they did stay within striking distance they were six points short in a 39-33 loss.
“It was a game we were capable of winning but we did not play particularly well in the first half,” said head coach Dan Rosen.
Aside from an early free throw for a 1-0 advantage the Trojans trailed for the remainder of the game. Their man-to-man defense kept the competition under control in the first quarter but they also had difficulty on their end of the court against a match-up zone.
“That’s something we haven’t seen to much this season,” said Rosen. “We’ll be ready for that.”
Weston had a chance to take the lead late in the first quarter but a three-point shot by Kristen Caolo bounced off the rim and the visitors trailed 5-4. They fared even worse in the next frame, sinking only two points before going into halftime down 11-6.
When play resumed the scoring picked up for both sides. Anna Mahony scored the majority of her 19 points in the last two quarters and the Trojans kept pace with the hosts despite trailing 23-18 after three frames.
It was back and forth scoring for the last quarter as both sides traded baskets. Northwestern still managed to stay a few steps ahead, protecting its lead until the final buzzer sounded.
“They couldn’t stretch the lead but we couldn’t catch them,” said Rosen.
Besides leading Weston in scoring, Mahony also had 10 rebounds and seven blocks on defense. Caolo had six points, as did Morgan Moubayed, including a three-pointer. Zoe Zegers scored two points.
“Since our first game we’ve been very competitive,” said Rosen. “The girls played hard.”
Weston, now 1-4 overall, hosts New Fairfield on Friday, visits Lauralton Hall on Tuesday and hosts Faith Prep on Wednesday. All games begin at 7 p.m.