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.
NORWALK — When Shania Osborne suffered a torn ACL at the start of the season, the Fairfield Warde girls basketball team’s twin title hopes seemed as frail as its rugged center.
I just went back and checked my preseason predictions: I batted six for eight and might have had all four top seeds picked correctly if Fairfield Warde, my preseason choice, had not lost center Shania Osborne to a knee injury for a good portion of the season. She is back, but not anywhere near 100 percent.
Conor Harkins of the Greenwich boys basketball team and Claire Gulbin of the Wilton girls basketball team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.
Harkins and Gulbin will each receive our POTW T-shirts.