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Girls basketball: Weston encounters both ends of competition

Weston High’s Taylor Kennedy passes to a teammate during a girls varsity basketball game last Friday, Jan. 25. Weston lost 69-30._Scott Mullin photo

It was back and forth from both ends of the competitive spectrum for the Weston High girls varsity basketball team in its games last week.

Trojans took on two South-West Conference powers, starting when they hosted Kolbe-Cathedral on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Scoring proved difficult at times as the hosts fell 62-21.

The Cougars wasted no time in putting their offense to work, building a comfortable first quarter lead. Weston, on the other hand, was held to single digits as it trailed 21-5 after one frame.

On defense, Weston was more effective in the next frame but it still struggled to put points on the board, trailing 34-11 at halftime.

The second half started better for the hosts, who cut the lead to 11 at one point. Kolbe soon adjusted and also changed its defense, which caused trouble for Weston in the time remaining.

Only one of the Trojans scored more than five points. Anna Mahony led the way with 12. Caolo had four. Morgan Moubayed sank three and Zoe Zegers added two.

After being postponed twice Weston’s game against Faith Prep was finally played the following day. A small team in terms of numbers, it struggled to put points on the board.

While the Trojans did not run up the score their lead only grew in a 48-16 win. The victory also stopped their four-game losing streak.

“We did what we needed to do,” said head coach Dan Rosen, who used the opportunity to give the whole team playing time.

Led by an eight-point effort by Moubayed and six from Mahony the Trojans went up 18-3 after one frame and never looked back. They eased up offensively in the next second, cutting their output in half, but still led 27-6 going into halftime.

A balanced scoring effort highlighted the third quarter as Mahony, Caolo, Ana Flooks and Danielle DeCanio all hit shots from the floor with Weston stretching its lead to 30 points (39-9). Zoe Toner led the team in the fourth, scoring all of her five points in the game.

She was one of 10 players to score for Weston. Mahony led with eight points and Moubayed sank eight, as did Caolo. DeCanio scored six and Flooks netted four.

Zoe Zegers, Lucy Chestler and Taylor Kennedy all had three apiece and Bridget Mahony added a free throw.

Traveling to Southbury on Friday, the Trojans again got a taste of one of the SWC’s top teams when it squared off against Pomperaug. The undefeated Panthers dominated on both ends of the court to win 62-30.

“They’re very quick, very aggressive,” said Rosen. “Our goal was to play hard and compete.”

The Panthers demonstrated their skill at shooting from the outside, hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter alone, including two apiece by Lauren Metcalf and Gabbie Holness. Their press defense also caused the Trojans to commit a number of turnovers, which the hosts turned into transition points. A pair of baskets by Caolo and Anna Mahony were all the Trojans could muster as Pomperaug led 25-4 after one frame.

“I would have liked to open up a little stronger,” said Rosen. “We struggle against that kind of pressure.”

Weston had better luck offensively in the next quarter. It also held the Panthers to 15 points as the first half ended with the hosts up 40-12.

“Once we settled down out half-court, man-to-man defense was pretty good.”

Such kept Pomperaug from scoring more than 16 points in each of the last two quarters.

Caolo led Weston with 12 points. Mahony also scored in double digits with 10. Moubayed sank six while Toner and Bridget Mahony each added a free throw.

Now 4-9 overall Weston still has a shot at making the state Class M tournament. It also has the hardest part of its schedule behind hit as it hosts Immaculate on Friday and visits Joel Barlow on Tuesday. Both games start at 7 p.m.

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