Trumbull qualifies for FCIACs in girls hoop
The Eagles of Trumbull knocked off the Fairfield-Warde Mustangs, 67-40, on Monday and locked up the final berth to the FCIAC girls basketball tournament, which begins Saturday.
Both St. Joseph and Ridgefield won their games, but were eliminated from the playoff race with Trumbull’s win.
Final seeds will be determined on Wednesday, but here’s a look at the tournament field and their places so far.
The Danbury Hatters, who own a 16-game winning streak, are 15-1 in league play, but have not clinched the No. 1 seed yet because of their loss to Wilton during the season’s first week. Danbury, which has two games remaining, will be the top seed with a win at Ludlowe on Wednesday, or home against Harding on Thursday.
Wilton, which has lost two straight, is currently in second place with a 14-3 league record. The Warriors can secure the No. 2 seed with a victory at home against Bassick on Wednesday.
After that, it’s a logjam of four teams tied with 13-4 records: Westhill, Stamford, Warde and Ludlowe.
Pitting those four teams against each other, the Westhill Vikings and Stamford Black Knights come out ahead with 2-1 records. The Vikings are then in third place because of their head-to-head win over the Knights, with Stamford taking fourth place.
Warde and Ludlowe are in fifth and sixth place, respectively, since Warde defeated Ludlowe in their head-to-head contest.
Those four teams will all close out the regular season on Wednesday, and Ludlowe has the toughest match-up, hosting Danbury at 7 p.m.
Stamford will host New Canaan, while Warde plays at Trinity Catholic, and Westhill plays at Staples.
Westhill would be the No. 3 seed in a four-way tie, or a three-way tie involving Warde and Stamford. In both cases, Stamford is No. 4 and Warde is No. 5.
Greenwich and Trumbull are tied for seventh place with 12-5 league records, and they will break that deadlock when they meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Greenwich.
The winner of the Trumbull-Greenwich game could move up with a win on Wednesday, if any of the 13-4 teams falter. Trumbull owns head-to-head tiebreakers over Ludlowe, Stamford and Warde, and Greenwich owns head-to-head tiebreakers over Ludlowe and Westhill.
The FCIAC already has 12 of its 19 teams in the state tournament with Norwalk earning a bid with its eight win today. Both Staples and Bridgeport Central have seven wins and can qualify with victories on Wednesday.