Girls basketball: Trumbull bounces back in a big way
A strong team effort with contributions from all 11 players who dressed, along with 26 points from Allie Palmieri, lifted the Trumbull High girls basketball team to a 61-39 win over visiting Westhill of Stamford on Friday night.
The Eagles rebounded from their first setback of the season — a 46-44 nail-biting defeat to Hamden — to improve to 13-1.
The Vikings slipped to 2-12.
Trumbull led 14-6 after one quarter of play and 32-21 at halftime. The Vikings were within nine points late in the second quarter at 26-17, despite the Eagles hitting four of their nine 3-pointers.
“I think Westhill out hustled us in the second quarter,” said Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch, who substituted his players frequently from the get-go. After that second quarter, he began subbing offense for defense, five players at a time, with possession changes every chance he got.
“I tried to change up the defensive intensity,” Tobitsch said. “We got some key stops.”
With the lead at single digits at the midpoint of the third quarter, Palmieri’s drive and underhand scoop shot pushed the lead to 11 and Trumbull carried a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Tobitsch took advantage of a Westhill timeout for one of those complete lineup substitutions and the Eagles forced an inbound pass turnover, on a Westhill entry that sailed out of bounds. Another lineup swap before the ensuing inbound, yielded Krystina Schueler’s drive and basket despite a foul and the lead went to 40-27.
Schueler hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the third, as an 11-2 run put the Eagles up 18.
A buzzer-beating Westhill 3-pointer made the score 47-32 heading to the fourth.
The strong defense continued with Trumbull’s full-court press creating a steal and second turnover on a five-second inbound violation in the first 1:23 of the final stanza.
Jenna DeSabella came off the bench and did a little bit of everything on defense, including grabbing a team-best five rebounds. Maeve Hampford contributed, especially down low on the box..
“Jenna was really a sparkplug for us tonight. She was everywhere,” Tobitsch said. “Maeve gave us a lift with rebounding, boxing out and being physical.”
Schueler had 16 points and Cassi Barbato dropped in 11, to go along with four assists.
Meghan Lesko and DeSabella both had three points. Bella McCain added two.
Emma Gentry, Kelly O’Leary, Sarah Stolze and Gianna Ghista also got substantial playing time and helped the Eagles keep the pressure on.
“It’s nice when you get everyone in. They all work hard in practice. It was a great team effort,” Tobitsch said.
Barbato and Palmieri both made a trio of 3-pointers, Schueler had two and Gentry nailed one from downtown.
Trumbull made a dozen 2-point field goals and were 10-for-14 from the foul line.
The Eagles had six steals led by two apiece from O’Leary and Palmieri. Schueler and Palmieri each blocked one shot.
TRUMBULL 61, WESTHILL 39
Emma Gentry 0 0-0 0; Meghan Lesko 1 0-2 3; Bella McCain 1 0-0 2; Maeve Hampford 0 0-0 0; Kelly O'Leary 0 0-0 0; Krystina Schueler 6 2-3 16; Jenna DeSabella 1 1-2 3; Sarah Stolze 0 0-0 0; Cassi Barbato 3 2-2 11; Gianna Ghitsa 0 0-0 0; Allie Palmieri 9 5-5 26
Team Totals: 21 10-14 61
Kylee Kurtz 0 0-0 0; Maddie Bautista 1 0-0 3; Peyton Hackett 6 1-2 14; Emma Burston 0 0-0 0; Caroline Kollar 0 0-0 0; Jaedyn Carty 3 4-4 10; Audry Hanson 0 0-0 0; Grace Hanson 1 2-2 4; Kardese Osborne 4 0-0 8
Team Totals:15 7-8 39
Scoring by Quarters:
Trumbull: 14 18 15 14 - 61
Westhill: 6 15 11 7 - 39
3-Pointers Made: Trumbull: Meghan Lesko-1, Krystina Schueler-2; Cassi Barbato-3 Allie Palmieri-3; Westhill: Maddie Bautista-1, Peyton Hackett-1