What a difference three months make. The girls basketball season started looking like a two-team race between Fairfield Warde and defending champion Stamford, with Trumbull and Ridgefield possessing the potential to contend for the title. Not surprisingly, the quartet separated itself from the rest of the league and advanced to the semifinals of the FCIAC Tournament.
UNCASVILLE — The Trumbull girls basketball team’s run at a Class LL championship ran out of steam in the fourth quarter of tonight’s final against New London.
There is almost no common bond between the Trinity Catholic boys and Trumbull girls basketball teams, outside of the first letter in the school names and Jack Kelly, a teacher at the former and assistant coach at the latter.
FAIRFIELD — Steve Tobitsch greeted his Trumbull girls basketball team at halftime as they gathered in the locker room at Fairfield Ludlowe tonight. The Eagles were in an unusual position: trailing.
Of the four championship matchups that could have blossomed from last night’s FCIAC girls basketball semifinals, the one with the best strategic possibilities was delivered.
Third-seeded Stamford is the hottest team in the league right now, looking very much like a Tiana England-less version of the one that last year won conference and Class LL titles, part of a 17-game winning streak that was ended last month.
FAIRFIELD — As a longtime fan of North Carolina, I am no stranger to the tactic of stalling in basketball. In the days before the shot clock was introduced to the college game, it was one of Tar Heel coach Dean Smith’s secondary strategies.
FAIRFIELD — Steve Tobitsch took a seat late tonight, a drained look on his face that was occasionally buried in his hands. In front of him, the members of his Trumbull girls basketball team, with what little energy they had remaining, were celebrating a 36-34 triple overtime win over Fairfield Warde in the FCIAC semifinals that was more a battle of attrition.
The most important decision by an FCIAC girls basketball coach this season took place in early January, during a week off in Stamford’s schedule. The Black Knights had just dropped consecutive games to Ridgefield and Trumbull.