Girls basketball: WHS extends win streak to five
After opening the season winning its first four games, the Wilton girls basketball team dropped three of their next four games and went searching for some answers.
The Warriors have now posted five consecutive wins after downing the Trinity Catholic Crusaders 59-46 Friday night at the Zeoli Fieldhouse, and look to be back on track.
“I think we just went into a slump after we beat Stamford,” said senior co-captain Claire Gulbin. “We just didn’t play with the focus and intensity as we had in the first four games. We knew we had to step up our play, stay composed and play on both ends of the court. We still are getting off to slow starts, but we don’t let as get us down.”
She continued, “Our third quarter play has been our strong point, which helps us either get back in the game before the final period or grow the lead and break their confidence.”
Sophomore Caitlyn Scott got the Crusaders off to a fast start knocking down two 3-pointers to open the scoring before the Warriors could find the bottom of the net. Midway through the first quarter Trinity held an 11-4 lead.
The the Warrior offense caught fire, resulting in a 17-4 run to close out the first period with a 21-15 lead. The Warriors scored the final 10 points of the quarter. Senior Lauren Robertson (six points) and senior co-captain Caroline Sweeny (five points) fueled the run, as Wilton capitalized on seven Trinity turnovers.
The scoring pace slowed in the second quarter, as both teams committed too many turnovers. The Crusaders got within three points but when Gulbin’s scoop shot went in, Wilton had a 30-25 halftime lead.
Wilton outscored the Crusaders 18-8 in the third quarter to increase their lead to 15 at 48-33. The Warriors came out of the break and scored the first eight points of the second half before Trinity put their first points on the board after two and a half minutes had come off the clock. Gulbin led the way with nine points in the period.
Trinity would not get any closer than 12 points in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors notched their 10th win of the season, against three losses.
“Trinity came out and made a run on us to start the game, but our team answered the bell and fought right back. Our plan tonight was have quick ball movement, look for their teammates cutting to the basket or on the weak side, and find the open spots on the floor for shots, and they did just that and that’s why we got the win,” said Wilton head coach Rob Coloney. “We play four games this week so everybody has to be ready to step and play with the same pride and intensity as the starters.”
Gulbin and Robertson led the Warriors with 18 points each, followed by Elizabeth Breslin with 13 points and Sweeny with seven points.
Only three players scored for Trinity. Scott had 17 points, Lyanna Lops hit for 16 points, and Kyah Nowlin had 13 points.
Wilton (10-3) needed this win as it has seven regular-season games remaining, with six of them on the road. The Warriors travel on Saturday tomorrow at 1:30 for a non-conference game.