St. Joseph boys,Trumbull girls lose in FCIACs

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The Ludlowe Falcons opened up the game by taking a 15-point lead in the first six minutes and carried that the rest of the way to defeat St. Joseph, 71-60, in the FCIAC quarterfinals on Saturday. “We stressed to get off to a hot start and shoot with confidence and get out running,” Ludlowe coach John Dailey said. “Luckily, that was the start we needed. We knew they would make a run. They get to the rim.” St. Joseph was able to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons kept pushing to extend their lead. Rowan Keesser and Ian Bentley were a dominant force at the rim for the Falcons, with Keesser scoring 19 points. Sam Sweeney led the Falcons with a game-high 20 points. St. Joseph’s Jason James scored 19. Paul Fabbri had 14.

Trumbull girls

Trumbull lost to Ridgefield, 41-38, in the FCIAC girls tournament semifinals on Tuesday. Sarah Stolze led coach Steve Tobitsch’s third-seeded Eagles with 14 points. Cassi Barbato scored 11 and Emi Roberto had 9. Cari Stietzel led No. 7 seed Ridgefield with 14 points. The Tigers went on to win the title.

Trumbull defeated West Haven, 52-34, in a Class state tournament first round game on Monday. Coach Steve Tobitsch’s fifth-ranked Eagles (18-5) will host Conard from West Hartford, the 12 seed, Thursday at 6:30. Cassi Barbato made four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points against No. 28 West Haven (8-13). Maeve Hampford and Emi Roberto each scored 6 points.

Trumbull boys

Trumbull completed its regular season with an 88-81 victory over FCIAC rival Brien McMahon. Coach Buddy Bray’s Eagles will take an 11-9 record into the state tournament. McMahon is 9-11. Mileeq Green scored 31 points, including a 12 for 13 performance from the foul line, and 16 rebounds. Jake Gruttadauria had 17 points. Johnny McCain had 13 and 5 assists. Cape Holden scored 11 points. Connor Johnston had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrew Cutter had 8 points 9 rebounds.