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Staples girls basketball falls to Trumbull in season opener

Updated 6:08 pm, Friday, December 13, 2013
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TRUMBULL--The Trumbull girls basketball team impressed both Eagles coach Steve Tobitsch and opposing Staples coach Ed Huydic as the teams met in the opening game of the season for the Wreckers..

Considering the Eagles have now allowed just 27 points in eight quarters of action, all of the positive accolades are well founded.

Amanda Pfohl had 16 points, eight steals and six assists as the Eagles coasted to a 53-17 win over visiting Staples on Friday afternoon. Trumbull improved to 2-0 with the win.

"Our girls were focused tonight with the snowing coming, we wanted to get girls in and out, get their bodies working because we might not see them till Monday," Tobitsch said.

After holding New Canaan to just 10 points in their season opener, the Eagles backed that up with another impressive performance on the defensive end of the court.

"Trumbull's defense was impressive," Huydic said. "Impressive denial, good court presence on their court, but their player-to-player defense is as good as any in this league. And their execution on offence is machine-like."

Pfohl, taking the reigns as the team's primary playmaker after the graduation of older sister Alexa Pfohl and interior presence Erin Moore, displayed her ability to create for herself and her teammates. Amanda Pfohl scored 11 points in the first quarter as Trumbull began the game on a 15-2 run.

"(Pfohl's) real good right now," Tobitsch said. "She's' looking for her shot, being real aggressive and her teammates are looking for her as well. The thing she's improved most on is her defense and her ability to get others involved. She had seven steals against New Canaan; her defense and getting others involved is going to take her to that next level."

Trumbull, which led 21-4 after one quarter of play, put the contest to rest early. Its full-court press led to numerous turnovers, many forced by Pfohl, and easy layups at the other end. The Eagles remained on the gas pedal in the second, outscoring Staples 16-8 as Rachel Carron (eight points) knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter.

"That's what we try to do early on, see how (the press) works," Tobitsch said. "We came out with a tremendous amount of energy and it carried over."

The Wreckers eventually slowed the pace down in the second half, allowing just 16 points. However offense remained a challenge as a result of the relentless defensive pressure. Abby Lustig led Staples with five points while Madeline Schemel added four.

"The second half was more to our pace; trying to get some pattern and continuity going," Huydic said. "Where everyone touches (the ball) and looks to get the seam. Give Trumbull credit, they sent out 10 girls that all played great defense. We'll keep working."

rlacey@bcnnew.com, @ryanlacey11

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