Girls basketball: Trumbull eager to defend FCIAC championship

Krystina Schueler (above), Kelly O'Leary, Meghan Lesko and Gianna Ghitsa are team captains.
Krystina Schueler (above), Kelly O'Leary, Meghan Lesko and Gianna Ghitsa are team captains.

Coming off winning the FCIAC championship, Trumbull High head coach Steve Tobitsch is excited to get another season underway.

“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,” said Tobitsch, who was named FCIAC Coach of the Year in 2018. “The FCIAC will be a very competitive league this winter and every night we are going to have to show up and compete.”

Trumbull opens its season with four home games, starting tonight when Bridgeport Central visits at 7 p.m. Danbury comes to town Friday at 7, followed by Stamford on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Darien Friday, Dec. 21 (5 p.m.).

I believe our team has a lot of depth and versatility,” said Tobitsch, now in his 13th year. “We have a few returning players, who received significant varsity playing time last season. We are also transitioning a lot of newcomers into the varsity playing experience, which will bring many new and interesting challenges throughout the course of the season.

“I am excited to see how much this team can grow and improve.”

Senior guards Kelly O’Leary and Meghan Lesko and senior forwards Krystina Schueler and Gianna Ghitsa are team captains.

Allie Palmieri, a sophomore guard/forward, was a third-team ALL-FCIAC choice as a freshman.

Sophomore guard Cassie Barbato was another key contributor as a freshman.

“We have a lot of returning player and newcomers who will be rounding out our rotation,” said Tobitsch of senior guards Jenna Desabella and Bella McCain, junior forward Maeve Hampford, freshman guard Emi Roberto and first-year forwards Sarah Stolze and Emma Gentry.”

Tobitsch listed Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Staples and Danbury ahead of his Eagles, Fairfield Warde and St. Joseph in the FCIAC chase.