Lady Trojan cagers lose on Senior Night
Published 1:06 am, Friday, February 12, 2010
All the makings for a fantastic night for the Weston girls basketball were there, five wins in a row, Senior Night and the team on the verge of making the SWC playoffs since 1996. The only drawback on Tuesday was that the opponents was Lauralton Hall, ranked fifth in the sportswriters alliance poll and the Crusaders spoiled senior night with a 67-33 victory behind senior All-Star guard, Keylantra Langley. Before the game, Weston coach Pat Cole was philosophical, "This will be a good learning experience for our girls, playing against one of the best teams in the state."
LH raised its record to 16-1, 11-1 in the SWC. The Lady Trojans dropped to 12-5, 8-4.
After Weston won the opening tap, the game was all Crusaders. One of the real strengths of the Crusaders is their smothering defense, whether they are pressing man-to-man or collapsing in a 2-3 zone.
In either case, the Trojans had a difficult time from the start. LH jumped out to an 8-2 lead which grew to a 20-7 lead and closed out the first quarter 25-7.
The Crusaders were extremely adept at quick outlet passes to a streaking Langley for easy lay-ups. If not that, the other three "tall towers" clogged up the middle and cleared off rebounds on both ends, usually ending up with a put-back score. The second period was no different as the Crusaders extended their lead to 22 points at the half, 39-17.
Swanson was stymied all night long by the tough defense of several LH players, especially senior Devon Leahy. While Swanson led the team in scoring with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, she just couldn't get untracked. Junior Christina Welsh played tough defense all night and sophomore Ellie Martin chipped in with nine points and a team high nine rebounds.
The Crusaders continued to dominate in the second half before closing out the game. Cole said, "We'll put tonight in its place and get ready for a tough game against New Milford on Friday. We'll be feeling good about ourselves."
Weston plays at New Milford tonight at 7 p.m. and hosts Brookfield on Monday, and No. 2 ranked Pomeraug on Wednesday.