Girls basketball: Trumbull works hard in win over Danbury
Trumbull High’s boot-camp style of play was there for all to see when the defending FCIAC champions defeated visiting Danbury High, 62-37, on Friday night.
Tied at 5, the Eagles’ smothering half-court defense, with a timely press thrown in, put together a 13-1 run to take control.
“Danbury is a tough team and they will be there at the end with a great group of seniors,” Trumbull head coach Steve Tobitsch said of Jackie DiNardo’s Hatters.
“What I told my team (after the game) is that they will be there (fighting for a playoff spot) in the end. This is a win in December we’ll look back on as a big positive.”
Allie Palmieri scored nine of her 27 points in the opening period.
”We knew our match ups and we got to our spots,” Palmieri said of Trumbull’s defensive stance throughout. “We practice hard.”
Sarah Stolze showed that type of grit when the freshman went to the floor to grab a loose ball, then passed it outside to Meghan Lesko for a 3-pointer and a 16-6 advantage.
Cassi Barbato (16 points) spotted up for a trey in the quarter, and seemingly had a hand in on every stop throughout the game either in the backcourt or under the hoop.
Palmieri scored 10 more points in the second stanza.
The sophomore drew the most applause from the THS bench area when she hustled back to tip away a Danbury pass and stop a Hatter transitional basket.
“This team really pushed themselves in the preseason,” Tobitsch said. “We challenged them mentally and we challenged them physically. How the girls responded speaks to our senior leadership.”
Senior guards Lesko and Kelly O’Leary combined for nine assists.
Senior captain Krystina Schueler was a mainstay inside against a much-taller Hatter front court.
Classmates Jenna DeSabella, Gianna Ghitsa and Bella McCain followed suit in the Eagles deep rotation.
Maeve Hampford is the lone Eagle junior.
Emi Roberto and Stolze are freshmen.
Stolze followed a double-double in her varsity debut versus Bridgeport Central with another stellar performance.
Her offensive board and pass led to a Palmieri 3-pointer in the midst of a mini-run by Danbury in the third quarter.
The Hatters’ Kianna Perry (12 points) was a pain in the neck, working hard to score five consecutive points.
Stolze’s three-point play and a bucket by Barbato off a dish from O’Leary ended the frame with Trumbull up 33-17.
A kick-out pass by Hampford led to a Barbato 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.
Roberto tallied inside and McCain made a brace of free throws.
Susana Almeida hit a 3-pointer, Tanisha Cunningham had two free throws and added a put back basket, to provide another lift for Danbury in the period.
Side notes: Steve Tobitsch and wife Erin welcomed a second son, Christopher, on Friday at 10:59 a.m. “Erin said to go coach,” he said. “We have a great family support system.” Christopher has a brother Ryan, age 2.
Emma Gentry: 0 0-0 0; Meghan Lesko: 3 0-0 8; Bella McCain: 0 2-2 2; Emi Roberto: 1 1-2 3; Maeve Hampford: 0 0-0 0; Kelly O'Leary: 0 1-2 1; Krystina Schueler: 1 0-0 2; Jenna DeSabella: 0 0-0 0; Sarah Stolze: 1 1-1 3; Cassie Barbato: 7 0-0 16; Gianna Ghitsa: 0 0-0 0; Allie Palmieri: 10 4-4 27
Team Totals: 23 9-11 62
Tianna Rogers: 3 2-5 8; Demia Moore: 0 0-0 0; Christine Sangphet: 0 0-0 0; Chloe Perreult: 1 0-0 2; Susana Almeida: 3 2-3 10; Sabrina Almeida 0 0-0 0; Tinisha Cunningham: 1 2-2 4; Ty'Lynn Ith: 0 1-2 1; Kianna Perry: 4 3-5 12
Team Totals: 12 10-16 37
Scoring by Quarters:
Trumbull: 18 15 15 14 - 62
Danbury: 6 11 10 10 - 37
3-Pointers Made: Trumbull: Meghan Lesko-2; Cassie Barbato-2; Allie Palmieri-3; Danbury: Susana Almeida-2; Kianna Perry-1