Girls basketball: Trumbull High looking to repeat success

Claudia Tucci scored 1,008 points playing for the Lady Eagles.
Claudia Tucci scored 1,008 points playing for the Lady Eagles.

The Trumbull High girls basketball team will open its season on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with a non-conference home game with Hamden High slated for a 7 p.m. start.

“Our team is excited to get another season under way,” said Trumbull head coach Steve Tobitsch, entering his 11th season. “Our goals as always remain the same to start the year — qualify for the state tournament, win our Holiday Tournament, and qualify for the FCIAC Tournament.

“The FCIAC will be a very competitive league this winter and every night we are going to have to show up and compete. I believe our team has a lot of depth and versatility.

"Many of our younger players received varsity playing time last season and we are expecting them to transition into more significant roles this upcoming basketball season.

“I am excited to see how much this team can grow and improve throughout the course of the high school basketball season. Our starters are not set and we will have a deep bench.”

Key returnees for the Eagles include senior tri-captains Claudia Tucci, Taylor Brown and Victoria Ray.

Tucci was Class LL All-State and first-team All-FCIAC as a junior forward.

Brown is a returning starter at guard, where she was third-team All-FCIAC.

Ray was honorable mention All-FCIAC as a junior guard, and was a key defender and assist leader.

Junior guard Julie Keckler and junior forward Aisling Maguire played significant minutes off the bench last winter as a sophomore).

Other top-notch backcourt players are juniors Kristen Pagliaro and Jessica Lipinski, along with sophomores Meghan Lesko, Kelly O’Leary and Bell McCain.

Leading the frontcourt are junior Brady Lynch and sophomores Krystina Schueler and Gianna Ghitsa.

Fairfield Warde, Stamford and Ridgefield are top teams in the FCIAC, along with Norwalk, Wilton, Westhill, Trumbull and St. Joseph.

Warde will be led by Shania Osborne, Daja Polk and Illiana Krasniqi. Alexa Kellner is back for Stamford as is Julia Middlebrook for Ridgefield.