Girls basketball: Trumbull Eagles defeat Stamford High
Trumbull High took advantage of a shorthanded and visiting Stamford squad to record another lopsided triumph in the young season, 68-29 on Wednesday night, improving to 3-0 in the process.
Cassi Barbato scored 19 points and Krystina Schueler dropped in 17 to pace the Eagles, who have scored more than 60 points in all three games while allowing an average of 29 along the way. Stamford fell to 1-2.
“This is a shorthanded team that is missing its best player,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said of sidelined Stamford junior guard Megan Landsiedel. “You always want to play a team at full strength.”
Tobitsch, nonetheless, was pleased with the fact his somewhat young lineup continues to make strides.
“One thing I’m really impressed with is how far we’ve come,” Tobitsch said. “From the beginning of year to now they’ve made a lot of progress, a lot of strides.”
Barbato, a sophomore, and senior captain Kelly O’Leary helped lead in different ways.
“Cassi was aggressive taking the ball to the hoop and setting the tone for how we wanted to attack Stamford,” Tobitsch said.
O’Leary served as a vocal leader, directing players while dishing out seven assists and making five steals.
“I think we’re meshing well together,” O’Leary said. “We’re working well together. The talent’s there. We just have to work on getting the basketball fundamentals down.”
Schueler, a senior captain, had six rebounds to go along with her double-digit scoring effort.
Barbato collected five rebounds and had a trio of assists.
Sophomore Allie Palmieri scored 11 points.
Freshman Emi Roberto dropped in seven and senior Jenna DeSabella scored six.
Freshmen Emma Gentry and Sarah Stolze tacked on two points apiece.
Tobitsch was pleased with the solid minutes Roberto contributed, and the rebounding effort of Stolze.
Barbato scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half, as the Eagles built a 33-15 lead through two quarters of play. Trumbull continued the domination in the second half and carried a 50-23 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Tobitsch added that there is still a need for improvement and potential for growth.
“We need to clean up, defensively, our matchups and assignments. And we need to work better offensively,” he said. “I think we have a really bright future as the season goes along.”
Tough contests after the New Year include a Jan. 5 visit to Wilbur Cross and a Jan. 21 clash with visiting Hamden, which Tobitsch said boasts a couple of Division I recruits.
“We scheduled really aggressively this year knowing we have some really young kids and we’ll need it at the end of the year,” Tobitsch said. “We want to be playing well late and hit our peak.”
As a program, the Eagles are accustomed to winning.
“There’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a new season and a new team,” O’Leary said.
So far, so good.
“I’m excited it’s going well so far and I’m hoping to keep it going,” O’Leary added.
After hosting Darien on Friday, Dec. 21, at 5, the Eagles will participate in Bethel’s holiday tourney beginning with a game against Masuk of Monroe on Dec. 27, starting at 4 o’clock.
Emma Gentry 1 0-0 2; Meghan Lesko 0 0-0 0; Bella McCain 0 0-0 0; Emi Roberto 3 1-2 7; Maeve Hampford 0 0-0 0; Kelly O'Leary 1 0-0 2; Krystina Schueler 7 3-4 17; Jenna DeSabella 3 0-0 6; Sarah Stolze 1 0-0 2; Cassie Barbato 8 3-3 19; Gianna Ghitsa 0 0-0 0; Allie Palmieri 4 0-0 11
Team Totals: 29 7-9 66
Claudia Moses 2 0-0 4; Jessica Nelson 2 1-2 5; Dina Merone 4 2-4 10; Emily Graham 1 2-2 4; Charlie Karukas 0 0-0 0; Widline Thomas 0 0-0 0; Bryanna Montalvo 1 0-0 3; Chanilie Assevero 0 0-0 0; Leonora Lipson 1 0-0 3; Madison Lockery 0 0-0 0
Team Totals: 11 5-8 29
Scoring by Quarters:
Trumbull: 14 19 17 16 - 66
Stamford: 6 9 8 6 - 29
3-Pointers Made: Trumbull: Allie Palmieri-1; Stamford: Bryanna Montalvo -1; Lenora Lipson-1