Girls basketball: Trumbull opens stretch with win

Julie Keckler scored 10 points in the first quarter, when Trumbull took a 14-4 lead.. — Andy Hutchison photo
Julie Keckler scored 10 points in the first quarter, when Trumbull took a 14-4 lead.. — Andy Hutchison photo

Trumbull High’s girls basketball team kicked off its four-game stretch run against strong FCIAC teams with a convincing 59-42 triumph over visiting Wilton on Monday night.

The Eagles improved to 16-1 overall and 12-1 in FCIAC play; Wilton fell to 13-4 and 12-3.

Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch hopes this is a tone-setting win for his team, as it embarks on that tough finish to the regular slate.

“February’s when you want to be playing your best and tonight was a good indicator of what type of team we can be,” Tobitsch said.

The Eagles follow up the Wilton matchup with games against Fairfield Warde, Norwalk and Trinity Catholic. Norwalk entered into the week with just one loss overall, and Warde had dropped just thee contests and two in FCIAC play.

The Eagles, with nearly a week off from game action leading into the Wilton game, scrimmaged a tough Our Lady of Lourdes High School team from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which reached the sectionals last winter.

Trumbull led 14-4 after one quarter of play and 27-18 at halftime. The Eagles pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Warriors 14-9 in the third quarter en route to a 41-27 lead heading to the fourth. The lead swelled to 20-plus points in the final period.

Allie Palmieri led the way with 17 points and Julie Keckler scored 14 to pace the Eagles.

Krystina Schueler dropped in eight, Cassi Barbato scored seven, Meghan Lesko added five, and Aisling Maguire and Brady Lynch both contributed four.

Keckler had nine rebounds and four assists, Barbato pulled down four rebounds and added four assists, and Schueler grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot.

Keckler scored ten of her points in the opening stanza as the Eagles seized control.

“They came out focused and they were excited,” said Tobitsch. “Kelly O’Leary and Meghan Lesko led the all-around team effort on the defensive end. Keckler, Lynch and Schueler all played solidly on defense.

Strong defense allowed Trumbull to utilize its speed and score in transition, led by Keckler, who found out after the game that she has been selected to the JCC All-Star Game that Tobitsch will coach.

“I told her ‘Just when you think you’re done with me you get one more game,’” Tobitsch said. “It will be fun to coach her in a different atmosphere, a different setting.”