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Second-Chance Points: Stamford And Greenwich Hope To Provide Girls Basketball Semifinal Surprises

STAMFORD — The parity that has been the major theme of the FCIAC girls basketball season got bounced like an overinflated ball on Saturday.

Four games were decided by an average of 16 points, with just one, Greenwich’s 55-51 win over Westhill, decided by fewer than 19 points. The Cardinals were also the only lower seed to advance as form held.

Will the rich get richer again in Tuesday night’s semifinals, as Wilton takes on Greenwich in the opener, followed by Stamford trying to take down two-time defending champion Danbury?

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Second-Chance Points: Ed Huydic Breaks Down The FCIAC Girls Basketball Tournament

Danbury is the two-time defending champion and the No. 1 seed for this year’s FCIAC Girls Basketball Tournament, which begins Saturday afternoon with quarterfinal games at Westhill.

While the Hatters, with an 18-1 record, remain the favorite, there has been more overall balance than at any time in recent memory. Just two games separated the Nos. 2-7 seeds in conference play. Trumbull, the No. 8 seed, had a 3-4 record against the rest of the field.

Ed Huydic, who knows something about winning FCIAC championships, has agreed to break down each of the four games for The Ruden Report. Huydic just completed his 35th season as the coach at Staples, and has one state and four league titles.

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Poll: Which Team Is Going To Win The FCIAC Girls Basketball Tournament?

Danbury is the two-time defending champion and the No. 1 seed for this year’s FCIAC Girls Basketball Tournament, which begins Saturday afternoon with quarterfinal games at Westhill.

While the Hatters, with an 18-1 record, remain the favorite, there has been more overall balance than at any time in recent memory. Just two games separated the Nos. 2-7 seeds in conference play. Trumbull, the No. 8 seed, had a 3-4 record against the rest of the field.

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Commentary: Wilton Girls Basketball Team Holds Championship Pieces

WILTON — There was the early 7-2 deficit. The players thought there was a late letdown. And if you want to get nit-picky, the navy and light blue uniforms are a bit pedestrian in this Oregon-infused era.

But nit-picking is what it took to find fault with the Wilton girls basketball team’s performance following Monday’s emphatic and impressive 71-42 win over Westhill in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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Unbeaten Westhill Girls Team Winning With Defense

With the loss of Megan D’Alessandro, his star player, Westhill girls basketball coach Mike King knew he still had the talent to keep his program at a high level but had to reinvent the team.

“I told the girls at the beginning of the season we’d be as good as our defense was,” King said.

Six games into the season the numbers tell the story: the Vikings have allowed just 30 points a game. And are undefeated heading into their toughest week.

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Ridgefield Girls Basketball Team Ruden Report Team Of The Week

The Ridgefield girls basketball team is The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week.

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