A little extra time was just what the Weston High girls varsity basketball team needed when it visited Bethel.
Holding on late in the fourth quarter last Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Trojans eventually forced overtime. Some key foul shooting in the second frame that followed was just what they needed in a 52-46 double-overtime victory.
“I’m proud of the girls,” said Weston head coach Dan Rosen. “They showed resilience.”
The chances of overtime seemed unlikely at first as the Trojans opened up the game in good fashion. Their offense went to work early as they went up 14-4 by the end of the first quarter.
In the second, however, things went awry. Between a few bad shots and turning the ball over several times they were held to just six points. Bethel also got its offense in gear and cut the gap to just three points (20-17) by halftime.
It remained a close battle the rest of the way. The Trojans had a slim lead in the third quarter but the Wildcats responded and even had a two-point lead late in regulation time.
Although the Trojans tied it a potential game-winning shot missed the mark and overtime resulted.
Each team held the other to two points in the first extra frame. Some key foul shooting came into play in the second, including Morgan Moubayed hitting three of four attempts as the Trojans retook the lead and held it.
Anna Mahony led Weston with 14 points. She also had 10 rebounds, as did Zoe Zegers, who also had a double-double with 10 points.
“Zoe had a terrific game,” said Rosen. “She works so hard.”
Moubayed also scored 10 points and came up with seven steals on defense. Kristen Caolo scored nine. Taylor Kennedy and Cailtin Campbell sank two apiece.
Hosting New Fairfield two days later, the Trojans had a sluggish start offensively. They soon righted themselves and outscored the competition in a 45-40 win.
The Rebels went up 14-6 after one quarter, only to have the hosts hold them to a mere three points in the next frame. At the other end of the court they also improved with the help of several jump shots by Caolo and took a one-point (18-17) lead at halftime.
Caolo’s success prompted the Rebels to put a box-and-one defense on her in the third quarter. This left Moubayed open and she hit two three-pointers as Weston went up 32-24.
That cushion came in handy as the Rebels had their best offensive showing in the fourth quarter before time ran out.
Three Weston players scored in double figures. Mahony led Weston with 14 and had 17 rebounds.
Caolo sank 14 and Moubayed scored 11 to go with six steals and seven assists. Zegers scored four and Kennedy added two.
“We’re getting contributions from different players,” said Rosen. “I can’t ask for anything more than the kids are giving.”
Weston, now 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the South-West Conference, hosts New Milford on Monday and is at Brookfield on Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Note: Weston’s JV team has won its last two games. It is now 4-3 on the season.