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GIRLS BASKETBALL Deep Cadets too much for Crusaders

December 22, 2018

STAMFORD — Sometimes it takes a village. And on Friday night, the St. Joseph High School girls basketball team employed an 11-deep player roster to earn a 43-30 road triumph over Trinity Catholic High at Walsh Court.

“We played 11 kids and that allowed us to do different things on the court. Everybody gave us their best effort,” St. Joseph’s veteran coach Chris Lindwall said. “We don’t have a 25-point scorer. But we have kids who play hard.”

The Cadets led wire to wire to post their first victory of the season. St. Joseph (1-4, 1-2 FCIAC) led 9-2 after one period, 16-9 at halftime and 28-18 after three quarters.

“I’m so proud of the kids. When I saw Trinity Catholic beat Ridgefield by 22 (55-33) last Wednesday, I was nervous,” Lindwall said. “It’s so great to get a win before Christmas. Earning our first victory over a very good Trinity Catholic team, that’s the best Christmas present I could receive.”

LITTLE THINGS ADDED UP FOR ST. JOSEPH

St. Joseph watched the film of last year’s meeting with Trinity Catholic where the Crusaders rallied to snag the triumph. The Cadets had a surprise this time around.

“Tonight was the first time I had us playing a 2-3 zone defense. My preference has always been man-to-man defense,” Lindwall said. “But the zone stopped Trinity Catholic’s penetration on offense.”

The packed-in zone kept Trinity Catholic junior point guard Caitlin Scott (five points) on the perimeter. It also made entry passes to Crusaders’ center Iyanna Lops extremely difficult. Lops scored seven of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter. Senior tri-captain Emma Elrod (11 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman Dennaye Hinds (seven rebounds) hounded Lops in the paint the entire night.

St. Joseph also won the battle at the free throw line as Trinity Catholic was in the bonus for just the final minute of each half.

Overall, St. Joseph was 14 of 25 on free throws compared to 7 of 13 for Trinity Catholic.

NO RHYTHM FOR TRINITY CATHOLIC

The Crusaders (3-1, 3-1 FCIAC) rushed too many shots against the St. Joseph defense. They wore down against the Cadets’ waves of fresh troops. And none of TC’s top four scorers (Kyah Nowlin six points; freshman Bella Edwards three points) ever really settled in.

“We got outplayed. We got outhustled. We just got beat,” Trinity Catholic coach Mike Martino said. “We got punched in the face. And we didn’t know how to respond. We had poor ball movement and poor shot selection against the 2-3 zone. Disaster ensued.

“Tonight was a lesson for us. We drove into a mountain of adversity,” Martino continued. “How we respond after tonight will show our character.”

rdepreta

@stamfordadvocate.com

ST. JOSEPH 43, TRINITY CATHOLIC 30

ST. JOSEPH (1-4, 1-2 FCIAC)

Kathryn Zito 2 2-2 8 Kaitlin Capobianco 1 2-2 4 Maddie Johnson 1 1-2 3 Emma Elrod 4 3-5 11 Katherine Rudini 0 3-6 3 Veronica Lubas 0 0-0 0 Becca Kery 1 0-0 2 McKenna Hedman 0 0-0 0 Rahmia Johnston 1 3-4 6 Dennaye Hinds 3 0-4 6 Elizabeth Adzima 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 14-25 43.

TRINITY CATHOLIC (3-1, 3-1 FCIAC)

Caitlyn Scott 1 3-5 5 Iyanna Lops 5 1-4 12 Kyah Nowlin 2 2-2 6 Sarah Jablonsky 0 0-0 0 Bella Edwards 1 1-2 3 Kiera Fenske 1 0-0 2 Theresa Lupinacci 0 0-0 0 Emma Garner 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 7-13 30.

ST. JOSEPH 9 7 12 15—43

TRINITY CATHOLIC 2 7 9 12—30

3-Pointers: StJ—Zito 2, Johnston. TC—Lops. Highlights: StJ—Elrod 11 rebounds. Hinds 7 rebounds. Capobianco 3 assists, 2 steals.

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