Girls basketball: Locals ousted in FCIAC quarters
Both the Trumbull and St. Joseph High girls basketball teams fell to higher seeds in the quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament on Saturday afternoon at Westhill High in Stamford.
In the opener, Abbie Wolf scored 18 points to power the Greenwich High girls basketball team to a 51-41 FCIAC quarterfinal win over Trumbull. In the second game of the day, Shania Osborne's 19 markers fueled Fairfield Warde's 48-41 win over No. 7 seed St. Joseph.
The third-seeded Cardinals improved to 18-3 overall and will play second-seeded Warde (19-2) on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in the semifinals. The winner will face either top-seeded Wilton High or No. 5 seed Ridgefield in the final on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ludlowe.
Wolf led the charge for Big Red against Trumbull, while Jamie Kockenmeister added 12 points for Greenwich, which saw a double-digit third-quarter lead whittled away by the sixth-seeded Eagles (15-6).
A layup from Kate O’Leary narrowed Trumbull’s gap to 41-39 with 3:37 left to play.
Coach Steve Tobitsch's Eagles then forced an airballed 3-pointer attempt on the other end, but the 6-foot-3 Wolf snared the rebound, tossed in the putback and drew a foul.
After converting the three-point play, Big Red had a 41-37 lead and Trumbull never got back within four points the rest of the way.
Amanda Pfohl led the Eagles with a game-high 19 points and Kalisse Eldridge chipped in with 11.
Pfohl scored seven points over the final 76 seconds of the first period, sparking a 7-2 Eagle run that pulled them within 18-16 after one. Pfohl then drilled a 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the second quarter to keep Trumbull with striking distance at the half, where Greenwich held a 28-22 edge.
St. Joseph/Fairfield Warde
St. Joseph hung tough with a Mustang squad that pinned a 43-26 defeat on it last Friday.
Bridget Sharnick poured in a game-high 20 points for coach Chris Lindwall's Cadets (14-7), including a tip-in with three minutes left that got St. Joseph to within a point at 39-38.
The Cadets, who trailed wire-to-wire and by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, didn't get a basket the rest of the way. Behind Daja Polk's 6-for-10 performance from the foul line, Warde held on for the victory to punch its ticket to the semifinal round.
Maite Gritsko tallied seven points for St. Joseph and Shannon O'Meara six.