Trumbull routs Staples
WESTPORT—It took a little time for the Trumbull offense to find its rhythm on Tuesday night against Staples, but the defense was on point from the onset and the Eagles were rarely threatened as a result.
Led by 13 points from Alyssa Breunig and 11 from Claudia Tucci, Trumbull improved to 6-1 with a comfortable 49-27 win over the Wreckers behind a game-changing 21-point second quarter.
With the advantage at just 9-3 heading into the second period, the Eagles showed off all of their arsenal, making them a serious contender to claim an FCIAC championship.
“I thought we matched (Staples’) intensity and we played great defense all the way through the second half,” said Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch. “I was proud of how my team responded to the challenge.”
With a significant size advantage at most positions, the Eagles worked the ball inside to Tucci. Seven of her points came from the charity stripe as the Wreckers defense was forced to foul her to prevent easy buckets.
“(Tucci) can play inside or outside, so she causes a lot of matchup problems,” Tobitsch said. “We’re a versatile team, our girls can play different positions or guard different positions. She asserted herself really big in the post.”
When shot opportunities presented themselves, the Eagles knocked most of them down. Taylor Brown hit three 3-pointer, including consecutive triples early in the second quarter that increased the lead to 21-6. The defense remained tough and Trumbull carried a 30-12 lead into the halftime break.
Staples started hitting shots in the second half to prevent the deficit from getting much bigger, but the Eagles held serve to prevent a run.
“I thought Staples played extremely hard,” Tobitsch said. “I don’t think the final score indicated how hard they played.”
Playing in its first game against a top FCIAC contender, Staples got nine points from Gabby Perry — all on 3-pointers. The Wreckers struggled at the foul line (4-for-12) and missed several key layups early that would have kept the score closer.
“Trumbull is one of the best coached teams in the state,” Wreckers coach Paco Fabian said. “They have three to five girls who are outstanding; it’s a horrible matchup for us. But if we made some layups and foul shots; you can’t go into halftime down 18.”
The Wreckers (5-2) visit Stamford and host Ridgefield — two more title hopefuls — in their next two games. Trumbull (6-1) will face St. Joseph at Fairfield University.
“I thought we were scared,” Fabian said. “We came up against our first tough FCIAC opponent and we backed down. Hopefully for us that doesn’t continue.”
TRUMBULL 49, STAPLES 27
TRUMBULL (6-1, 3-0 FCIAC)
Jessica Lipinski 1 0-0 3 Kristen Pagliaro 0 0-0 0 Danielle Rice 0 0-0 0 Claudia Tucci 2 7-10 11 Ally Szabo 0 2-3 2 Nina Vetter 2 0-0 4 Julie Keckler 0 4-4 4 Victoria Ray 1 0-0 2 Alyssa Breunig 4 4-5 13 Taylor Brown 3 0-0 9. Totals: 13 17-22 49.
STAPLES (5-2, 2-1 FCAIC)
Rachel Seideman 0 0-0 0 Olivia Troy 2 0-2 5 Gabby Perry 3 0-0 9 Talia Hendel 1 0-0 2 Alyssa Perry 1 3-4 6 Amanda Toelstra 0 0-0 0 Julia Brower 1 1-4 3 Elle Fair 0 0-2 0 Sophie Smith 0 0-2 0 Christine Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 4-12 27.
TRUMBULL 9 21 11 8—49
STAPLES 3 9 7 8—27
3-pointers: T—Brown 3, Breunig, Lipinski; S—Gabby Perry 3, Alyssa Perry, Troy.