Updated girls basketball: Trumbull Eagles defeat St. Joseph

Trumbull’s Julie Keckler ran a flawless attack in the first half for the Lady Eagles. — David G. Whitham photos

The Trumbull High girls basketball team took the lead early en route to winning a 49-32 decision over St. Joseph before a large crowd on hand for this Officials vs. Cancer contest at Fairfield University’s Alumni Hall on Saturday night.

Coach Steve Tobitsch’s Eagles rode an almost flawless first half to improve their record to 10-0 and 7-0 in the FCIAC.

Coach Chris Lindwall’s Cadets used strong second-half performances from Rahmia Johnston and Tessie Hynes to get back in it after intermission.

“I would like to thank you our sponsors and everyone who came out to support such a great cause and event,” Lindwall said. “I know that all of the teams really appreciate it and we look forward to next year.

“Trumbull really came ready to play. Coach Tobitsch had them prepared for everything we were going to do in that game. I was really impressed with them as a team.”

Trumbull senior-co-captain Aisling Maguire and freshman Cassi Barbato each scored five points to lead the Eagles to a 15-3 lead after one period.

Julie Keckler assisted on two hoops and had two steals.

Brady Lynch had two of her 11 rebounds in the frame.

Krystina Schueler and Allie Palmieri added baskets.

St. Joseph’s Tessie Hynes takes the ball to the basket.

Keckler’s impact was even more pronounced in the second quarter, when the senior co-captain scored five points, tacked on two more assists, and had passes that led to five made free throws.

Meghan Lesko knocked down a 3-pointer and Trumbull’s defense limited St. Joseph to a pair of Emma Elrod free throws, as the Eagles led 30-5 at the half.

Trumbull senior Jessica Lipinski opened the third period with a basket and Lynch scored off a nice Lipinski pass.

St. Joe’s countered.

Johnson, with a nifty scoop shot and then in transition, notched a pair of three-point plays.

Hynes used a tough put back to earn a trip to the line and a three-point play of her own.

She earlier made a brace of free throws and it was 43-16 after three.

The Cadets’ Elena Ball scored inside to open the final stanza, but Brady assisted on a Keckler hoop and then made two free throws after Gianna Ghitsa kept a possession alive.

St. Joseph senior co-captain Sarah Johnson scored a bucket inside off a feed from Hynes and the Cadets hit 10 consecutive free throws and Maddie Johnson had a basket in the final five minutes.

“It was great to see my team continue to fight against what I feel is the top team in the FCIAC right now,” Lindwall said. “We are going to take that second half and try to build on that as we enter the second half of the season.”

Roundup: The Cadets defeated Greenwich High, 57-46, in Trumbull last Thursday. St. Joe’s used a 17-3 edge in the second quarter to earn the victory. Johnston scored 15 points. She grabbed 10 rebounds, had four steals and went 9-for-10 from the foul line for St. Joseph (3-7, 2-5 FCIAC). Hynes scored 13 points and Ball had eight. Elrod had eight points, 11 rebounds and blocked five shots. Kathryn Zito had six assists and five steals to go with her eight points.

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