Girls basketball: Wilton's offensive woes continue in loss to Wreckers
After starting the season 4-0 and averaging 70 points a game, the Wilton High girls basketball team can’t seem to put the ball in the hoop.
In their last three contests, the Warriors’ scoring average dropped to 42 points per game.
The team's shooting woes continued on Tuesday night at home, as the Staples Wreckers came into the Zeoli Fieldhouse and left with a 51-34 win.
The Wreckers improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while Wilton dropped to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
“I give Paco (Fabian, the Staples head coach) for the job he’s done with his team and they came out and played well,” said Wilton head coach Rob Coloney. “As for my team, we showed no leadership tonight and we didn’t come to the floor with the energy and mental toughest to win the game on our court. People need to step up. I can’t be the only cheerleader from the sidelines. They need to go out and play the way I know their capable of playing.”
He continued, “We didn’t take care of the ball, didn’t help out on defense, and we couldn’t get the ball to fall. If we continue to play like this we’re in for a long regular season.”
The Wreckers held a 13-5 after one quarter and a 23 13 lead at the half. The Staples offense was powered by four 3-pointers in the first half, while the usually long-range hitting Warriors had no treys. Wilton’s shot selection was less than desirable, as was the team’s rebounding. The only bright spot for the Warriors in the first half was the hustle displayed by Zoe Rappaport.
Rappaport, one of the smallest Warriors, picked up a couple of rebounds, battled on defense, and fought for loose balls.
The Warriors came out of halftime and looked like they were going to make a game of it. Senior co-captain Claire Gulbin got hot, scoring the team’s first nine points of the second half to get Wilton within seven points at 29-22.
Wilton seemed to be on the comeback trail when senior co-captain Caroline Sweeny knocked down a 3-pointer to close the gap to 29-25. But the Wreckers went on an 11-2 run to close out the third quarter with a 40-27 lead.
The Staples’ run came as of a result of Warrior turnovers caused by the Wreckers’ pressing the ball in the Wilton back court.
Staples closed out the game by out-scoring the Warriors 11-7 in the final quarter for the 51-34 win.
Gulbin, who was the only Warrior in double figures with 14 points, took ownership for the coach’s lack of leadership comment.
“We came out flat and when the ball wasn’t falling we got a bit frustrated and stop working the play around and weren’t playing as a team” said Gulbin. “I didn’t help the team get back its focus and help them get mentally locked in. I worked on getting my game in order. I don’t feel we are losing any confidence. We just have to get back to taking it one game at a time.”
Sophomore Arianna Gerig led the Wreckers with 17 points and junior Ellen Fair added 11 points. Both teams struggled from the free-throw line, with the Warriors going 9-for-19 from the foul line, while Staple was 5-for-17.