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Trying to defend sharp long-range shooting is one thing. Finding ways to stop the outside jumpers when they occur following drives and kick-out passes is all the more challenging. You don’t have to tell the Bethel Wildcats that.

Trumbull High’s girls basketball team sank nine 3-pointers and logged a dozen assists on 20 field goals en route to a 53-32 victory over Bethel at the Masuk Holiday Tournament in Monroe on Monday night.

The Eagles improved to 4-1 overall and advanced to take on Amity of Woodbridge in Wednesday’s tourney championship game beginning at 7 p.m.

Alyssa Breunig hit a trio of 3-pointers, and Claudia Tucci, Aisling Maguire and Julie Keckler all drained two shots from beyond the arc. Tucci scored a game-high 18 points. Breunig scored 11, Keckler had 10 and Maguire added 8. Tucci and Taylor Brown each had 8 rebounds. Brown had five assists to go along with three steals.

“I was really impressed with our girls, the way we shared the ball,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said. “We were moving the ball well.”

Trumbull led 29-22 at halftime, and the Eagles’ first points of the second half came on, what else but a 3-pointer as Breunig extended the lead to double digits. “I think we moved the ball really well as a team today and it helped us open up the opportunities for the shooters,” added captain Nina Vetter.

After Bethel got the deficit back to single digits, a Breunig trey from the corner made it 37-25. Bethel again got back to within nine, but Maguire beat the third quarter buzzer with yet another trifecta, making the score 42-30 heading into the fourth.

“We’re a tough team to key in on because we have a lot of girls who can score from different positions on the floor,” Tobitsch said.

Trumbull made some baskets from in close, making the drive and pass outside all the more effective.

“Once we were able to do that we were able to execute,” said Breunig, a captain.

Trumbull’s defense was as impressive as its long-range shooting. The Eagles held the Wildcats to just 10 points in the second half. Tobitsch was pleased with his team’s defensive effort throughout the game, and thought his players did a better job of shutting down Bethel’s top scoring threats in the third and fourth quarters.

The Wildcats were led by Lily Daniels with 12 points, eight of which came from the free throw line.

“We were definitely more aggressive on defense,” Breunig said of her team’s second-half efforts.