Trumbull High finished a couple of baskets short of earning a trip to the Class LL girls basketball finals, and Eagles’ coach Steve Tobitsch was proud, not disappointed after second-seeded Lauralton Hall advanced with a 44-36 semifinal round win before a packed house at Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday night.

“I thought our girls competed on every play and we didn’t give up anything easy,” Tobitsch said after his third-seeded cagers finished the campaign with a 20-3 record.

Alexa Pfohl scored seven of her 10 points in the final stanza when the Eagles twice drew within three points, and trailed only 40-36 with two minutes remaining.

The Crusaders’ Michelle DeSantis (12 points) answered a pair of Trumbull turnovers with four free throws.

After Joyce Woolen opened the game with a baseline jumper, Trumbull took a 10-9 lead after one period on Rachel Carron’s runner in the lane.

The Eagles’ defense limited Lauralton access to star forward Olivia Levey for most of the contest, but the Crusaders scored on 4-of-5 possessions to open the second quarter.

It was 20-16 Lauralton when the Hall’s Maggie Salandra made a clutch 3-pointer to send her team into the locker room up by seven.

Erin Moore scored eight points in the third quarter, Lauren Hyde hit a big shot, and Alexa Pfohl’s 3-pointer made it 33-29 before DeSantis scored a buzzer-beating bucket.

See the next edition of the Times for complete coverage of Trumbull's quest for a state title.