The Trumbull High girls basketball team will open its season on Tuesday, Dec. 15, with a 7 p.m. non-league game at New Milford High.
Head coach Steve Tobitsch returns only one starter — Alyssa Breunig — from last year’s team that finished the regular season 15-5. The Eagles split Class LL tourney games, defeating Lauralton Hall of Milford before losing to eventual semifinalist Norwich Free Academy.
“We have many younger players who have played varsity for us in the past, but will be stepping into new roles this upcoming season,” said Tobitsch, who is entering his tenth season at the helm and will be assisted by Jack Kelly and Christina Fulco.
Senior forward Kristina Vetter, senior forward Emma Maquire and Breunig, a senior guard headed to St. Michael’s in Vermont, will be team captains.
Other veterans in the mix for starting roles are junior forward Claudia Tucci, junior guard Taylor Brown and junior guard Victoria Ray. Tucci and Brown played significant minutes off the bench last year.
Contributors off the bench this season include sophomore guard Julie Keckler, sophomore guard Aisling Maguire and junior forward Ally Szabo.
“I see Ridgefield, Fairfield Warde, Stamford and Greenwich as being a level above,” Tobitsch reported as being the top four clubs in the FCIAC. “There are a whole bunch of teams competing for spots (in the FCIAC playoffs), including Fairfield Ludlowe, Trumbull, Wilton, St. Joseph, Norwalk and Darien.
“Tiana England (Stamford), Rebecca Lawrence (Ridgefield) and Abby Wolf (Greenwich) I think are the top three players in the league.
“We’re excited to get another season under way. Our goals as always remain the same to start the year — qualify for the state tournament, win the Holiday Tournament (in Monroe), and qualify for the FCIAC Tournament).
“The FCIAC will be a very competitive league this winter and every night we are going to have to show up and compete. I believe our team has a lot of depth and versatility. Many of our younger players received varsity playing time last season and we are expecting them to transition into more significant roles this upcoming basketball season.
“I am excited to see how much this team can grow and improve throughout the course of the high school basketball season.”
Trumbull will be home to New Fairfield on Friday, Dec. 18, and Ridgefield on Monday, Dec. 21. Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m.