Trumbull High had a big hill to climb, down to Fairfield Warde by 14 points in the fourth quarter on Monday night.

Coach Steve Tobitsch’s 19th-seeded Eagles cut the deficit to one point inside of a minute, but couldn’t get even with the 14th-seeded Mustangs, who advanced in the Class LL girls basketball state tournament with a 41-37 victory in Fairfield.

“I’m real proud of the girls and the way they came back,” Tobitsch said. “They were a step quicker than us for most of the game, but in the fourth quarter we got our legs back underneath us.”

Trumbull (13-8) took an 8-4 lead after one quarter, with Rachel Carron starting things off with a 3-pointer, but Warde (16-5) used a 10-0 run in the second stanza to take a 24-16 lead into the half.

It was 38-24 with six minutes remaining when the Eagles went on a grueling 13-0 run to get within 38-37 on Amanda Pfohl’s baseline jumper at the 1:41 mark.

Warde missed three consecutive free throws, but the Mustangs’ Sarah Cotto twice came from the weakside to block Eagle shots and maintain the one-point edge.

Lejla Markovic’s free throw with 15.7 on the clock made it 39-37 Warde, and after an Eagle miss, Cotto concluded the scoring with a rebound bucket at the buzzer.

Kalisse Eldridge scored all nine of her points in the final period. Joyce Woolen scored nine points and Pfohl finished with eight points.

See the next issue of the Times for complete game story.