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Staples girls basketball routs McMahon

Updated 11:57 am, Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Staples forward Madeline Schemel fights for possession of the ball alongside Brien McMahon's Alleya Jenkins, left, and Kimberly Duhart, right, in the Wreckers' 56-23 win on Wednesday evening. Photo: Contributed Photo

    Staples forward Madeline Schemel fights for possession of the ball alongside Brien McMahon's Alleya Jenkins, left, and Kimberly Duhart, right, in the Wreckers' 56-23 win on Wednesday evening.

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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NORWALK -- Fueled by a swarming defensive effort, the Staples High girls basketball team toppled Brien McMahon 56-23 on Wednesday evening.

The Wreckers, who have been involved in a trio of lopsided games to begin the year, won for the second straight time to improve to 2-1.

Staples got 23 points--16 in the second quarter alone--from guard Erica Stein, who drilled four 3-pointers. Guard Nikki Bukovsky also hit a pair of shots from behind the arc and finished with 15. Madeline Schemel and Margaret Fair both added six in the win.

"I felt like everything I was putting up was going in, so it was a good feeling," Stein said.

The Senators, after being held to two first-quarter points, were led by Victoria Aguilar with seven points. Jazmine Taylor had five points.

Behind a combination of solid defense and opportunistic offense, Staples built a commanding 35-2 lead in the second quarter.

"The defense was stifling and it really initiated a really good rhythm to the offensive game," Staples head coach Ed Huydic said.

"I think we set an excellent tone early today," Huydic added.

After opening the season with a 60-30 loss to defending FCIAC champion Danbury on Dec. 5, followed up with a 53-33 win over Bassick, Staples put together the complete performance it was looking for.

"We knew we had to win this one so we made sure we came out strong," Stein said.

The Wreckers were dangerous both inside the paint and from outside in the win. They hit six 3-pointers.

"I like the way we shot the ball today," Huydic said. "We got some interior scoring today, which was big."

After a slow start, McMahon (0-2) scored 10 third-quarter points, culminating with Aguilar's buzzer-beating jumper off an inbounds pass.

McMahon's Yasmine Walker scored four points, while Kimberly Duhart had three. Staples got three points from guard Alison April.

Andy Hutchison is a freelance writer

STAPLES 56, BRIEN MCMAHON 23

STAPLES (2-1)

Maggie Fair 3 0-0 6 Erica Stein 7 5-6 23 Nikki Bukovsky 6 1-1 15 Kelsey Bobrow 0 0-0 0 Madeline Schemel 3 0-2 6 Sophie DeBruijn 0 0-0 0 Dayna Gelman 1 0-0 2 Alison April 1 1-2 3 Meredith Bemus 0 0-1 0 Fallon Bottone 0 1-2 1 Abby Lustig 0 0-2 0 Natasha George 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 8-16 56.

MCMAHON (0-2)

Kayla Crosswell 0 0-2 0 Kim Duhart 1 1-2 3 Alleya Jenkins 0 0-0 0 Aleigh Fitzpatrick 1 0-0 2 Yasmine Walker 2 0-0 4 Jazmine Taylor 1 2-2 5 Victoria Aguilar 3 0-0 7 Sabrina Rodriguez 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 1-8 23.

STAPLES 17 21 16 2--56

MCMAHON 2 6 10 5--23

3-pointers: S--Stein 4, Bukovsky 2; M--Taylor, Aguilar.

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