Scoring just five points in the game’s first eight minutes, the Trumbull Eagles trailed cross-town rival St. Joseph 6-5 after one quarter of their FCIAC girls basketball game at Trumbull High on Friday.
Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch huddled his team together during the break and reminded them of the simple goals that got them to 10-1.
The Eagles responded with a 20-1 run in the second quarter en route to a 55-19 victory.
“We focused our energy on our goals,” Tobitsch said. “I thought that they did a really good job on defense in the first quarter. We were all in the right spots and the right time on offense, the shots just weren’t falling.
“Things got flowing, we were able to make some shots in the second quarter.”
Alexa Pfohl led the Eagles with 10 points and four assists, while Amanda Pfohl and Erin Moore each added nine points.
Chloe Dudzinski and Jenn Vasquez each had four points for the Cadets.
“They (Trumbull) did a very good job and our kids they just ran out of gas early,” St. Joseph coach Chris Lindwall said after his team’s record fell to 2-10. “Our shots were just not falling in that second quarter. Their defense to their credit, challenged us on every shot.”
The Eagles struggled to hit shots in the early going, as St. Joseph kept Trumbull out of the paint, closing the lanes for layups and opportunities for the pick-and-roll.
The Cadets got off to a 6-1 start before a Rachel Carron layup and an Alexa Pfohl bank shot made it a 6-5 game after one.
Trumbull took off in the second quarter, thanks to seven points from Moore and five points from Amanda Pfohl.
Alexa Pfohl got in the action too with a layup on a steal of an inbounds pass.
“I told her in the locker room in front of the team, I thought she played phenomenal,” Tobitsch said of Moore.
“The mark of a good team is when players are having a good night and recognize it.
“The girls recognized it tonight. They don’t care who gets the glory, we’re all about sharing that basketball.”
The Eagles kept things rolling the second half, causing turnovers, which turned into points.
Amanda Pfohl started things with a steal and layup before her sister Alexa got a steal and bounced it to Katherine O’Leary for the bucket.
Lauren Hyde got in on the action when she got a steal and took it the distance to give the Eagles a 19-6 run in the third quarter and help them cruise to victory.
“They’re just a very patient and disciplined team and when you’ve got Lexie (Alexa) and Mandie (Amanda) you can do a lot of things,” Lindwall. “Lexie has just impressed me so much.
“I thought Erin Moore played really well. They played like a team tonight.”
St. Joseph went on the road and lost to Trinity Catholic, 55-41, in Stamford on Jan. 15.
The Cadets fell behind the Crusaders (8-3) by five after one quarter and trailed 27-12 at the half.
Vasquez returned to the lineup for the first time in five games after suffering an elbow injury and scored 13 points.
Dudzinski scored eight points, including a 4-for-4 performance from the foul line.
Lauren Della Vecchia, back from a knee strain, tallied six points, along with Mairead Donahue.
Jan. 25 at Central, 5:45
Jan. 29 Norwalk, 7
Feb. 1 at Wilton, 7
Feb. 5 at Bassick, 5:30
Feb. 8 Greenwich, 7
St. Joseph schedule
Jan. 25 Bassick, 5:15
Jan. 29 Staples, 7
Feb. 5 at Norwalk, 3:45
Feb. 8 at Central, 5:45