Trumbull-Trinity Catholic hoop

After a 20-5 finish in 2011, the Trumbull High girls basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after defeating FCIAC-foe Trinity Catholic 64-51 in a home game on Friday. The Eagles defeated Ridgefield High in their opener.

“I think this is a great start to our season,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said. “We started on the road at Ridgefield, which perennially is phenomenal. We beat them two years ago in the FCIAC championship. And Trinity is always well-coached, always well-disciplined.”

Erin Moore led the Eagles with 13 points, while Amanda Pfohl added 12 and Alexa Pfohl had nine.

Alison Palma led the Crusaders with 20 points, while guard Nat Senoble added nine for Trinity.

Trumbull fell behind 5-4 on a Palma three before it reeled off a 6-0 run thanks to jumpers from Alexa and Amanda Pfohl and a layup from Joyce Woolen.

After a Nicole Fay layup, the Eagles finished the quarter on a second 6-0 run to lead 16-7.

Trumbull began the second quarter on a 9-3 tear, thanks to layups from Woolen, Katherine O’Leary, Danielle McGillicuddy and a Rachel Carron three.

From there, Moore took control, finishing the quarter with five points for a 39-18 halftime lead.

The teams played the third quarter to a 16-16 tie.

Alexa Pfohl started things out for Trumbull with a layup and a foul, for a three-point play.

The Crusaders answered with a 6-0 run and the Eagles answered with an Amanda Pfohl three, to which Trinity answered with a Palma layup.

The tight third quarter, opened the door for Trinity to pressure the Eagles in the fourth, as the Crusaders started the final stanza on an 8-3 run before Alexa Pfohl got a layup.

Palma made two foul shots and a three to make it a 13-point game with 2:30 remaining.

After Kellie Hurd hit two shots and Palma made a layup, Trinity had outscored Trumbull 19-5 and cut its lead, which was once as large as 22, down to nine.

The Eagles responded when Amanda Pfohl and McGillicuddy drew fouls and made all four their free throws to seal a 64-51 victory.

“We lost our defensive intensity a little bit,” Tobitsch said. “I thought from the offensive standpoint for 32 minutes, we shared the ball, we moved the ball, we got a lot of shots.

“I thought we left a lot of points on the floor that we could’ve had but from the defensive standpoint I thought our intensity lacked a little bit when we got up.

“We knew they weren’t going away in the second half. The FCIAC is so balanced, so these type of games come down to tie-breakers at the end of the season for the playoffs.”

Alexa Pfohl scored 19 points and Moore had 11 markers in the opener at Ridgefield.

Trumbull will visit New Canaan on Friday and Fairfield Warde on Monday. Both games are at 7.