Staples girls basketball off to a strong start
FAIRFIELD — It’s been a solid start to the season for the Staples girls basketball team.
The Wreckers are 5-2 and recently finished runner-up at the Todd Burger Tournament at Fairfield Warde.
“We’re really athletic, young and fast and we play as a team,” Staples head coach Paco Fabian said after his team’s 48-36 setback to FCIAC foe Fairfield Ludlowe in the tournament championship. “Every night we have different girls stepping up. It’s been a real team effort.”
The coach went on to say his team’s intensity on the defensive end has contributed to its success. When his team gets steals, Fabian said it usually leads to fast break opportunities — the type of play the Wreckers have been known for during his five seasons at the helm.
“We get a lot of steals and we like to run,” Fabian said. “We want to play an athletic style of basketball.”
Staples has a plethora of great athletes, the coach said, which lends itself to the style of trapping, full-court basketball Fabian stresses.
Some of those great athletes on this year’s squad are senior captain and leading scorer Elle Fair (guard), juniors Marissa Shorrock (guard) and Abby Carter (guard), and sophomores Marley Lopez-Paul (forward/center) and Nicole Holmes (guard). Fair was all-state a season ago, Shorrock was named to the Burger all-tournament team, and Lopez-Paul has been averaging a double-double as the team’s second leading scorer.
“We have had a different leading scorer almost every game,” Fabian said of his team’s offensive balance.
Unfortunately, the Wreckers will be without the services of junior forward and All-FCIAC second team player Arianna Gerig, who tore her ACL in the offseason and could miss the season, according to Fabian, but the cupboard is far from being bare.
“We have talent all the way up,” said Fabian, whose teams have improved every season. “We’re very young but we’re going to be good for the next few years.”
The Wreckers started out the season 4-0, but have lost two of their last three games. Against Ludlowe, Staples got off to a slow start and couldn’t recover.
It also didn’t help being without the services of Lopez-Paul, who missed the game but should be back this week, according to Fabian.
“The FCIAC is the best conference in Connecticut and if you take one quarter or one half off you can lose the game,” Devine said. “We took the first half off. We didn’t show up in the first half and you have to show up. We’re a very young team and we’re going to go through growing pains at times when we shouldn’t go through growing pains. We went through growing pains today.”
Fabian is correct in that the FCIAC is loaded with top teams including Norwalk, Trumbull and Ridgefield, to name just a few. The Wreckers already have two wins over traditional power Fairfield Warde and they’ll see the Ludlowe Falcons again in the last game of regular season.
“We’re getting back into the FCIAC schedule (this week) so hopefully we play better,” Fabian said.
Staples will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 3, when the Wreckers host Trinity Catholic. The Wreckers host Wilton on Monday, Jan. 7, and travel to Trumbull on Thursday, Jan. 10.