Tied after three quarters, New Canaan falls to unbeaten Trumbull
Updated 10:17 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
TRUMBULL -- The New Canaan High girls basketball team, like the rest of the FCIAC, knew all about Trumbull's two-year undefeated streak in league play, and even more about the much-heralded Pfohl sisters.
And now, after Trumbull's 56-43 home victory Tuesday night, New Canaan has learned about two more impressive characteristics of Steve Tobitsch's defending champions:
Trumbull knows how to handle close games, and the Eagles are more than just the Pfohl sisters.
Both points were drilled into the Rams' heads Tuesday. Trumbull, which won its 29th consecutive FCIAC game and had won three of its last four games by three points or less, was in a 37-all battle through three quarters. But then Victoria Pfohl scored 10 fourth-quarter points and the Eagles won going away.
Victoria Pfohl, the team's only senior, had 15 points while sisters Alexa (14) and Amanda (6) combined for 20 more. The real story for the Eagles (8-0, 5-0 FCIAC) though, was center Erin Moore.
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"The Pfohls are great but we are a team," Moore said. "Each player on this team can play."
Moore had a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.
"Inside, outside. Inside outside," Tobitsch said of his team's multi-dimensional offense. "That's what I keep telling them."
With the Pfohl girls handling the perimeter game, Moore sometimes gets overlooked inside. Not Tuesday night, despite a concerted effort by the Rams to hold her in check.
"[Moore] is a strong girl," New Canaan coach Kim Palmer said. "We know about [Trumbull's perimeter threats] so we knew we had to limit their chances. We tried to get [Moore] in foul trouble, and we did, but it was too late."
Rams' center Kelly Armstrong (10 points, 10 rebounds) did an admirable job, but Moore was just too powerful. The junior had eight points in the second quarter, which was rather important when the Eagles were struggling from the field in the first half (9-29). Without her, the halftime deficit Trumbull had to come back from would've been worse than eight (32-24).
"I adapted as the game went on," Moore said. "On defense, [Armstrong] kept driving on me and I learned to back up. On offense, well, every once in a while things go your way."
"We worked hard getting Erin the ball in the post," Tobitsch said. "She really asserted herself down low. When she does that it opens things up for everyone else."
Despite the play of Moore, the Rams (5-3, 3-3), who were led by Sarah Mannelly's 13 points, stayed close. Palmer played only six girls, but said fatigue wasn't a factor when the Eagles outscored the Rams 19-6 in the final quarter.
"The girls are in great shape," Palmer said. "[Trumbull] just threw a couple of different things at us late and we didn't adjust. We had a silly turnover early and they went on a run from there."
Trumbull outrebounded New Canaan 29-25 and forced 12 turnovers while committing just four. The Eagles were 20-for-53 from the floor and held New Canaan to 17-43 shooting (4-21 in the second half).