Staples holds off Wilton in overtime
Updated 10:55 pm, Tuesday, January 10, 2017
WESTPORT — Scouting reports throughout the FCIAC are going to start seeing the name Arianna Gerig mentioned a lot when it comes to the Staples Wreckers girls basketball team.
The 5-foot-11 freshman netted 19 points and grabbed multiple clutch rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Wreckers pulled out a 45-44 overtime victory over the Wilton Warriors on Tuesday night.
Staples improved to 7-2 with the win, snapping a two-game losing streak after a 6-0 start.
“I definitely started slow and missed some shots and that got in my head,” Gerig said. “But once I started hitting a few shots, I knew I could step up. I knew this was an important game so I had to play up to the best of my ability.”
Gerig — who netted 11 of her points in the fourth quarter and overtime — scored the first three points of overtime in Wilton’s basket, but the Wreckers caught a break.
The points were allowed to stand because the officials lined up the teams in the wrong direction for the extra period.
Instead of giving the points to the Warriors — which would have been in the case if the teams had been lined up correctly — the correctable error saw the teams switch back to their respective baskets for the remainder of overtime.
“I was so invested in the game, I wasn’t even thinking about it,” Gerig said. “The refs just pointed us that way and that’s the way we played.”
Staples coach Paco Fabian added, “I knew we weren’t supposed to go that way. I said to the guy, ‘Are you sure we’re going that way?’ and he said ‘Yeah.’”
Leading 41-39 later in the overtime period, Gerig again scored on a driving move that pushed the Wreckers lead to 43-39.
Staples wouldn’t trail again, but the Wreckers did have to wait until Wilton missed a pair of would-be winners before the final buzzer sounded.
Fabian said the league is going to see a lot of Gerig and sophomore point guard Elle Fair over the coming seasons.
“She’s the future of the program and everybody knows that,” Fabian said. “That’s the future — her and Elle. What they have is something you can’t teach. When the game gets tight, they play harder and better.”
The game featured eight ties and seven lead changes, but it appeared early on that Wilton was going to run away with things.
The Warriors jumped out to a 9-2 lead after the first quarter and extended that to 12-3 after Caroline Sweeny’s conventional 3-point play.
Staples stormed back with a 10-0 run as Ginny Gerig netted five points and found Sophie Smith for an easy basket while Arianna Gerig drained a 3-pointer.
The run gave Staples a 13-12 lead and things were nip-and-tuck from there.
“The bottom line is we could have played on concrete and in the jungle and we just didn’t play well enough,” Wilton coach Rob Coloney said. “I’m not concerned about what side of the court we’re shooting on. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”
Emily Tuin and Sweeny led Wilton with 10 points each.
The Warriors made two more field goals than the Wreckers, but Staples had a 25-13 edge at the foul line, making 16 to Wilton’s eight.
Wilton slipped to 4-4 after having a two-game win streak snapped.
STAPLES 45, WILTON 44 (OT)
Ginny Gerig 3 1-1 7, Arianna Gerig 6 6-9 19, Sophie Smith 2 0-1 4, Elle Fair 1 3-5 5, Rachell Seidman 0 3-4 4, Amanda Toelstra 2 0-0 4, Julies Brower 0 2-2 2, Olivia Troy 0 1-2 1, Nicole Dienst 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 16-25 45
Caroline Sweeny 4 1-1 10, Emily Tuin 4 0-0 10, Claire Gulbin 3 0-0 7, Meaghan Downey 1 1-2 3, Lauren Robertson 1 3-4 5, Elizabeth Breslin 2 3-6 7, Isabel Casiraghi 1 0-0 2, Jessica Higland 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Reif 0 0-0 0, Anna Cocoros 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 8-13 44
STAPLES2 18 8 9 8—45
WILTON9 9 10 9 7—44
3-pointers: S-A. Gerig; W-Tuin 2, Sweeney, Gulbin; Fouled out: S—Brower; Records: Staples 7-2, Wilton 4-4.