On Saturday, the New Canaan sixth grade girls basketball team lost to an undefeated, very physical and fast team from Norwalk by a final score of 26-14.
A stifling defense held the high-scoring Norwalk team to just two buckets in the first quarter as New Canaan went toe-to-toe with Norwalk. Shorten was dominant in the paint while the New Canaan guards frustrated and outhustled the Norwalk team.
Along with Carstensen, Ryan Mushkin, Maura Mullaney, Kendall Patten and Libby Tedford posted strong performances off the bench and kept the pressure on in the second quarter. While Norwalk played a very physical game, New Canaan kept answering by out-hustling Norwalk. The half ended with Norwalk holding an 11-6 lead.
Both teams came out hungry in the third and the refs let them play as the physicality only increased. New Canaan had some trouble making shots in the third and Norwalk extended its lead to 11 points.
The fourth quarter was a lot of the same, rough back and forth, and New Canaan couldn't buy a basket.
Marcus was the high-scorer for New Canaan with six points, and Patten had four points.
On Sunday, New Canaan pulled away in the second half to score a 26-18 win over Monroe.
New Canaan starters were Shorten, Carstensen, Marcus, Bisceglia and Cosco. New Canaan jumped out to a quick lead on the strength of some hot shooting by Bisceglia, but Monroe narrowed the lead to just four points at the end of the first quarter.
Cartensen had the hot hand in the second quarter and Patten had a nice layup. Monroe's full-court press gave New Canaan some trouble, and Monroe took a 15-14 lead. New Canaan answered with a basket of its own and ended the half with a 16-15 lead.
New Canaan started the second half with crisp passing, solid defense and a well-balanced offense. Big shots from Shorten, Cartensen and Marcus put New Canaan ahead by six points.
Mushkin and Tedford were standouts on defense and New Canaan's high-scorers were Bisceglia with 10 points, Cartensen with eight points and Marcus with four.