Girls basketball: Warriors notch Senior Night win
Eight Wilton High senior girl basketball players were honored in Friday night’s game against the Greenwich Cardinals at the Zeoli Fieldhouse.
Six of those seniors dominated the scoring for the Warriors, led by Lauren Robertson’s 17 points, to defeat Greenwich 64-47 for the team’s 14th win of the season.
The Warriors had already clinched a playoff berth in the upcoming FCIAC playoffs, qualified for the state postseason long ago, and won on their Senior Night, but head coach Rob Coloney was less than pleased with the performance of his team and had very little praise for the team’s effort.
“I am totally disappointed in the way the team played tonight. We are two games away from the postseason and this not the way I expect them to play,” said Coloney. “I’m happy that the girls came away with a win on their special night, but their performance left a lot to be desired. We were lazy on defense, did a poor job rebounding, and gave them too many three-point shots.
“We’re near postseason time and the effort I saw tonight won’t get as too far in the playoffs.”
The Warriors opened the game with five seniors on the floor, three of whom usually come off the bench, giving them a different look to start the game.
Wilton got its first points 2:16 into the game when Alexa Hirn knocked down a 3-pointer. The Cardinals led 9-8 with a minute left in the first quarter, but Hern’s second 3-pointer and a two-point basket by Caroline Sweeny gave Wilton the 13-9 lead after one.
The Warriors pushed their lead to as many as 12 points at 25-13 late in the second period, but back to back 3-pointers by the Beth Williamson got Greenwich back to within six points, 25-19, by halftime. Williamson scored 16 of her team’s 19 first-half points.
Wilton opened the second half with an 8-0 run to push their lead back to double digits. Robertson led the way for the Warriors with eight points in the period.
“We’re glad to come away with a win, but we clearly didn’t play our best,” said Robertson. “We played like five individuals out on the court and not as a team. Our intensity level wasn’t where it should have been and we didn’t come out with the right frame of mind. We weren’t patience on offense and the different starting lineup got us out of our rhythm and we missed our senior leaders on the floor.”
Robertson, who has upped her scoring performance and rebound positioning this year, which allows her to get numerous put-back baskets since last year, credits her improvement to her offseason work with her AAU coach Jackie DiNardo, who is also the head coach at Danbury High School.
“I credit a lot of my success this year to DiNardo, but also my teammates, who I have been playing with for years. They’re a special group to me. Leading the team in scoring means nothing to me if we don’t win. I just want to raise a banner in this gym at the end of the season.”
Wilton held a 44-31 lead at the end of the third quarter. Robertson stayed hot to start the fourth quarter and after a Sweeny bucket midway into the period, the Warriors had a 23-point lead at 62-39.
In addition to Robertson’s 17 points, Elizabeth Breslin had 13 points, Claire Gulbin added 12 points, Sweeny had eight points, and Emily Tuin and Hirn finished with six points each.
The Warriors (14-4 overall) have two games remaining in the regular season, both on the road at Danbury and Brien McMahon next Monday and Wednesday, respectively.