By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

Sometimes, a team is overmatched by its opponent.

Take the Weston girls basketball team in its 69-38 loss at Bacon Academy Saturday.

"They are a very, very good team," Weston coach Dan Rosen said. "We got blitzed early and they shot the ball well."

Bacon Academy raised its record to 4-0 and last year, it was 20-0 in the regular season, and it advanced to the Class L semifinals where it lost to eventual-champion Hillhouse. The Lady Trojans dropped to 0-2.

Weston was hampered by having its top player, senior captain Ellie Martin plagued with foul trouble. Martin had three quick fouls in the first half and Rosen sat her down. He saw how much of a struggle it was for his team without his star power forward and reinserted Martin, but she committed her fourth foul and sat for the rest of the half.

Despite being plagued by foul trouble, Martin led the Lady Trojans with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Moreover, she played the entire second half without committing her fifth foul.

"It might have made the final score closer, but it wouldn't have made the difference in the outcome because Bacon Academy is better than us now," said Rosen on how much of an impact Martin's foul trouble had on the game. "They were 20-0 last year and have a great program."

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The Lady Bobcats had a 21-7 lead after one quarter and extended their lead to 35-14 at the half.

Martin kept it respectable in the second half and Bacon Academy didn't make it much worse for Weston.

"Ellie did great like she always does," Lady Trojan junior Anna Mahony said.

The 6-1 center Mahony and the 5-11 Martin gave Weston an advantage inside. Mahony had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior point guard Taylor Swanson (two points, four assists) deftly set up her taller teammates.

"A lot of it had to do with getting position under the basket, boxing out, and my teammates boxing out," Mahony said. "Taylor is great and sent great dishes inside. So did Morgan and Ellie."

Mahony was referring to junior guard Morgan Moubayed (six points, two assists, three steals). Senior captain Lianna Hursh (six points) hit two 3-pointers for the Lady Trojans.

In the end, the Lady Bobcats may have been smaller, but combined their speed with their athleticism and basketball smarts in vanquishing Weston.