By Eliot Schickler

Poor execution and shot selection was the undoing for the Weston girls basketball team Tuesday.

Weston was 13-for-46 from the field, and some of its misses were very poor shots, in a 49-31 home loss to Joel Barlow. The Lady Trojans also committed 16 turnovers, and allowed Barlow to score 14, second-chance points.

"They [Barlow] did a very nice job inside," Weston coach Dan Rosen said. "Our girls played hard, but we didn't execute. You can't win games when you score only four points in the fourth quarter and seven in the second quarter. We needed to limit our turnovers to 12 or less, and score 45 points to have a chance to win."

The Lady Falcons ended the regular season at 13-7, 9-6 in the SWC. The Lady Trojans ended the season at 8-12, 7-8. Moreover, the loss eliminated Weston from the SWC tournament and insured a lower seed for it in the Class M tournament.

And in the early-going, it looked like the Lady Trojans had a chance to make SWCs. Weston jumped out to a 9-5 lead with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter on senior captain Ellie Martin's layup. Martin (12 points) had five points in the first quarter.

Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, they didn't score for the rest of the quarter, and trailed 12-9 after one quarter. Their drought lasted past the midway point of the second quarter when Martin hit a free throw with 3:47 in the half to cut the deficit to 11, 21-10. Overall, the field goal-shooting famine lasted for 10:00. Junior point guard Taylor Swanson (six points, five rebounds, one forced turnover) hit the team's first field goal of the second quarter with 2:42 to go, making it 23-12.

"We forced shots, and didn't move the ball well," Rosen said.

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Two things that plagued Weston were senior captain Lianna Hursh (nine points) hoisting up wild shots, and 6-1 junior center Anna Mahony (four points, seven rebounds) got outmuscled under the glass. Lady Falcon junior center Dana Barto (11 points, nine rebounds, nine blocked shots) is only 5-11, but had her way in the paint, and got putbacks at Mahony's expense.

The Lady Trojans slowly started to come back. Junior Morgan Moubayed (four forced turnovers, one tieup) forced a missed jumpshot and a backcourt violation. Mahony (two assists, one forced turnover) set up Hursh's layup, and Martin (10 rebounds) scored on a putback. Weston trailed 25-16 at the half.

Moubayed (two rebounds, five assists) fed Hursh for a 3-pointer and a layup to cut the deficit to three, 26-23, with 5:05 left in the third quarter. The Lady Trojans had the momentum at that point. Martin (three steals, four forced turnovers, one tieup) and Moubayed then combined to force a backcourt violation.

That momentum ended when Barlow junior Sarah McAniff (seven points) stole the ball, and went coast-to-coast for a layup.

Weston was still within range after Martin's layup made it 30-25 with 3:36 remaining. However, only 17 seconds later, the Lady Falcons started to pull away when 5-11 senior Brittney Dumas grabbed the offensive rebound over Mahoney, and laid it in. Dumas (13 points, eight rebounds) drew the foul on the play, made the free throw to complete the 3-point play.

"When we fall behind, it's difficult to win," Rosen said.

Hursh contributed four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one forced turnover. Sophomore Lindsay Koch had two rebounds.

For Martin and Hursh, this was their last regular season home game of their high school careers.

"It's bittersweet, but we got eight wins, and I hope we continue to play for a long time," Hursh said.

Martin said, "I enjoyed my four years, especially the last two with Dan. It's sad, but we're still playing, and I love playing with the team, and I hope to play with them for awhile."

The Lady Trojans are slated to tip off Feb. 27 in the first round of the Class M tournament.

"We have a lot at stake, and hope to play for a long time," Martin said.

Hursh said, "We'll take it one game at a time."