Needing two more wins to qualify for the state Class M tournament and having only two games remaining gave the Weston High girls varsity basketball team no margin for error heading into the last week of the regular season.
The Trojans were already guaranteed one victory in their regular-season finale when Faith Prep had to forfeit due to a lack of players on Wednesday, Feb. 20. They still had to face Bunnell two days earlier, however.
It had been 11 days since the Trojans played their last game. A slow start offensively made for a tough night as they lost 51-43 to end the season.
“Maybe we were a little rusty in the first half,” said head coach Dan Rosen. “It was a long stretch.”
The Trojans trailed 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. The host Bulldogs stretched their lead in the next frame to 11 points (30-19) by the time the half ended.
When play resumed the Trojans appeared to have shaken off the rust. Outscoring the Bulldogs 17-10 in the third quarter, they cut the gap to only four at 40-36 with one more period to go.
“We didn’t play great in the first half,” said Rosen. “We played much better in the second.”
Weston cut the lead to as little as two points with just a minute and a half to go but never got over that last hurdle. The Bulldogs helped their cause by sinking all five of their free throws in the period and outscored the Trojans 17-10 to win it.
In addition, the hosts went 13 for 16 from the line for the night. They were also effective from beyond the arc, making 10 three-point shots.
“It’s tough to overcome shooting like that no matter how hard you play,” said Rosen. “It was a close game between two evenly-matched teams.”
The Trojans finish the season at 7-13 overall.
Senior captain Anna Mahony finished with 16 points in her last high school game. Classmate and co-captain Morgan Moubayed also scored in double figures with 14. It was also the final game for senior Zoe Zegers.
Kristen Caolo scored 10 and Taylor Kennedy sank three.
“All of us are pleased with the progress we made,” said Rosen. “We battled until the last day of the season.”