Girls basketball: Chance for states still exists

Kristen Caolo scored nine points in a Weston High girls varsity basketball game against Immaculate last Friday, Feb. 1. The Trojans won 51-39.—Scott Mullin photo

With the toughest part of its schedule now behind it the Weston High girls varsity basketball team is hoping for a strong finish to the regular season and a shot at the state Class M tournament.

The Trojans’ chances for a spot in the latter remain alive. Playing three games last week they, took a couple of steps in the right direction, starting when they visited Stratford on Tuesday, Jan. 29. By keeping their opponent’s offense under wraps until basically the  fourth quarter the Trojans put themselves in good shape to win 42-30.

While the Trojans netted just nine points in the opening frame they held the Red Devils to a mere two due in part to the former’s half-court trap defense, which caused numerous turnovers

Weston turned its offense up a notch in the second quarter, scoring in double digits and by the time half ended it led by a three to one (24-8) margin.

By the time the second half arrived the Trojans were making frequent substations, giving every player some time on the court. Stratford actually outscored the visitors 22-18 over the last two quarters but did not remain a threat.

Morgan Moubayed led Weston with 16 points. She also had a good defensive game with eight steals.

“Morgan did a very nice job on the point guard,” said Weston head coach Dan Rosen. “She probably forced 20 turnovers.”

Anna Mahony scored 13 and had 12 rebounds. Zoe Zegers scored five while Kristen Caolo and Taylor Kennedy each netted four.

The Trojans had little time to rest as they were back on the court the next night as they visited New Fairfield. Despite beating the same opponent earlier in the season they came up short this time in a 44-38 loss.’

“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” said Rosen. “We didn’t make some shots.”

Weston kept pace with the Rebels right from the start, trailing only 15-12 after the first quarter. They held the competition to only six in the next frame and were down by just two (21-19) at halftime.

When play resumed Weston appeared to take control as well as the lead and by the time the third quarter ended it was in good shape with a 35-28 advantage. However, things came undone in the fourth.

It took a hit when Mahony fouled out and was limited to what it could do on both ends of the court. The Rebels also made use of some strong foul shooting, going nine for 11 to pull ahead.

Mahony led Weston with 20 points and Moubayed had 10. Caolo netted four.

Zegers and Claire Levi scored three and two respectively.

Back home on Friday the Trojans took on Immaculate. As part of Senior Night Mahony, Moubayed and Zegers were recognized in a pre-game ceremony.

What followed was what Rosen described as his team’s best game of the year as Weston broke the 50-point mark for a 51-39 win and stop Immaculate’s winning streak at eight games.

“It was a great night,” said Rosen. “They all played key roles.”

Weston led for most of the night, including 19-15 at halftime but gave itself more breathing room in the third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 13-7.

Both teams had their best showing in the fourth. Weston basically clinched things with a little more than a minute to go when Zegers hit both ends of a one and one to put her team up by eight.

She finished with six points and had 10 rebounds. Moubayed led in scoring with 19 points, including a three-pointer. Mahony scored 14 and had 13 rebounds.

Caolo scored nine with one three-pointer and Kennedy scored three.

Weston, now 6-10, needs two more wins to make the Class M tournament. It hosts Newtown on Friday and goes to Bunnell on Tuesday. Both games are at 7 p.m.

Note: At Friday’s game against Newtown the Trojans will be selling baked goods and accepting donations to benefit the Sandy Hook Fund.

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