Injured Lady Trojan cagers lose to SWC elite teams
It's been a struggle for the Weston girls basketball team since senior tri-captain Christina Welsh suffered a season-ending MCL and ACL injuries. After going 1-3 against three subpar teams and an average team since Welsh's injury, Weston had the unenviable task of competing against three SWC elite teams in a four-day stretch.
Despite showing improvement and giving it their best effort, the Lady Trojans lost all three games against the SWC iron, falling 57-28 at Pomperaug Friday, 50-25 at Lauralton Hall Saturday and 74-50 at home to Kolbe Cathedral Monday to drop to 12-7 in losing their sixth game in seven outings.
One upside for the Lady Trojans is junior power forward-center Ellie Martin. Martin had a double-double in the last three games, starting with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Pomperaug. She was consistent Saturday with 15 points, including 7-10 from the free throw line, and 10 rebounds to go with a steal and a blocked shot. Against Kolbe, she had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
"I have the drive to win," Martin said. "Pressure is a privilege. We're all boxing out very hard and the ball happens to go to my area."
Welsh isn't the only injured Weston player. In addition, sophomore lefty starting guard Taylor Swanson suffered her season-ending injury before Welsh. The Lady Trojans also miss junior Lianna Hursh, who recently suffered an injury but is expected back into the lineup, sophomore guard Morgan Moubayed, who has been a pain for opposing teams, classmate Emily Savitsky, who suffered a concussion and freshman Lindsay Koch, who has missed time because of her ankle and is expected back soon.
After Welsh's injury, senior tri-captain small forward Hannah Hutchins became the point guard and senior tri-captain power forward Dakota Sloop has played more on the wing. The two seniors have gotten Martin the ball inside and against Lauralton, Sloop had four points and six rebounds and Hutchins had 10 rebounds and five assists.
"I'm thrilled with Ellie," Rosen said. "Dakota and Hannah are playing new positions and are getting acclimated to them."
Martin said, "It's tough with all the players out but we're making adjustments. Dakota is doing a good job on the wing. Everyone is working hard on getting open and Hannah and the wing players are doing a good of getting me the ball, which puts me in a position to score."
Sloop had a big game against Kolbe with 16 points and Hutchins had seven Monday.
One player who is developing once she was inserted in the lineup is 6-0 sophomore center Anna Mahony. Mahony is a consistent defender who forces missed shots. She had six points apiece against Pomperaug and Lauralton Hall and against Lauralton, she had four rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist.
Junior Maggie Maretz recently got inserted in the starting lineup and had four rebounds, one assist and one steal against Lauralton. Sophomores Shawnee Sloop (one block against Lauralton, two points against Kolbe) and Allegra Schiff (one steal against Lauralton) also contributed.