St. Joe's top Staples
The Staples girls basketball team lost 48-38 at home to St. Joseph on Monday in its regular season finale.
The Lady Wreckers did well in the first half, starting with sophomore Remy Nolan (13 points, five rebounds, four steals) opening the game with back-to-back 3-pointers. Staples Coach Ed Huydic said, "Remy came out with a big game mindset. Her early outside shooting gave us momentum and put stress on St. Joe's defense."
Senior caption Suvi Puritpatarrapan (10 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals) added another trey, junior Nicole Brill (10 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals) hit a layup, and senior Caroline Accardi (one point, two rebounds, one assist) made a free throw to give the Lady Wreckers a 12-9 lead after one quarter. Huydic said, "The game went according to plan nicely in the beginning. We shot the ball very well and played good defense."
Staples continued to light it up on offense in the second quarter and had a 25-21 halftime lead.
St. Joseph adjusted its defense in the second half and the game changed after the break. The Lady Cadets took away the Lady Wreckers' outside shooting and leapfrogged in front after three quarters, 37-36. Huydic said, "Joe's made some good adjustments in the second period and started to shoot the ball just as well if not better than as."
This defensive adjustment opened up the middle, giving Brill more offensive opportunities, "She answered nicely particularly in the third where she had 6 points in the quarter. She had a big game performance in a big game. She is a 5-8 forward playing the center position and is doing a darn good job."
Brill said, "I really like playing the center position now because I feel like I'm helping the team out more down low. I positioned myself so I was able to take a jump shot at the foul line when available, or drive down to the post for a lay-up."
Although Staples fell behind in the third quarter, its undoing came in the final quarter. As St. Joseph continued to knock down outside shots and the Lady Wreckers were unable to produce offensively, scoring only two points in the quarter.
Staples didn't help itself by shooting 6-13 from the free throw line. Brill said, "The most frustrating part about this game was that we could have won if we had fixed a few things about the way we played. If we had made our foul shots I think that would have changed the game drastically."
The Lady Wreckers finished the regular season at 14-6, 13-5 in the FCIAC to earn the sixth seed. They will play at third-seeded Ridgefield tomorrow at 2 p.m. Huydic said, "Without a doubt, of the eight teams, we are the most banged up. We have lost more players than any other team in the league. It has compromised our bench, our rotations, and now even our starting line-up. We are definitely from an outsider's point of view a long shot going into the tournament and we will give it our best."