Ludlowe girls scratch out win over New Canaan
FAIRFIELD -- Just a day removed from having its FCIAC tournament hopes dashed at Ridgefield, the Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball team strived to close its season on a high note.
At times it wasn't pretty, but the Falcons accomplished their goal.
Led by sophomore guard Caroline Pangallo's 10 points, Ludlowe closed its regular season with a 32-21 victory over New Canaan on senior night at Ludlowe.
"It wasn't pretty," Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said. "Losing at Ridgefield was tough ... but coming out at least getting this win after that was important."
Pangallo was the lone scorer in double figures for either side. Junior forward Pauline Blatt scored nine, grabbing 10 rebounds. Ludlowe improved to 11-9, finishing its regular season in ninth place in the FCIAC standings.
The Falcons will now wait for their Class LL seed to be unveiled later next week.
"The season's not over yet," Blatt said.
Senior Kelly Armstrong led New Canaan with nine points and nine rebounds as the Rams dropped their fourth straight. New Canaan finished its campaign 7-13, missing the Class LL tournament by just one game.
"These girls have worked so hard these last few months," New Canaan coach Kim Palmer said. "It's disappointing because how hard they worked, I feel like they deserved to get to that next level."
Blatt scored six of her nine in the second half, four of which came during the Falcons 13-4 third-quarter spurt. Ludlowe kept the Rams to just 13 points through three quarters, and outrebounded New Canaan 18-9 in the second half.
"The hustle plays were up today," Blatt said. "Our offense comes from defense, and we wanted to go at it really hard."
The Falcons, motivated by their senior night, opened the game on fire, scoring the first 11 points. Pangallo scored eight of her 10 -- draining a pair of 3-pointers-- in the frame.
"I think right out of gate, we were thinking this was our last home game ever," Pangallo said.
Ludlowe also successfully held the Rams off the board, leading 11-0 after one.
"Our shots were just not here tonight," Palmer said.
Yet, the second was New Canaan's quarter for defense. The Rams, led by Armstrong's six, outscored Ludlowe 9-0 in the frame, trailing just 11-9 at halftime.
"You don't see too many games where in the first quarter one team doesn't score, and in the second quarter the other team doesn't score," Palmer said. "They never let down, they continued to fight."
Ludlowe 32, New Canaan 21
NEW CANAAN (7-13, 6-12 FCIAC)
Marina Braccio 1 0-0 3 Elizabeth 0 0-2 0 Colette Pellegrini 0 0-2 0 Courtney Rogers 3 0-0 8 Page Jones 0 1-2 1 Georgia Hunsinger 0 0-0 0 Kelly Armstrong 3 3-7 9 Totals 7 4-15 21
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE (11-9, 10-8)
Brittany Bentivegna 0 0-0 0 Caroline Yates 0 0-0 0 Regan Steed 1 0-0 3 Caroline Pangallo 3 2-2 10 Alex McKinnon 0 0-0 0 Julia Pangallo 0 1-4 1 Pauline 4 1-2 9 Alex Poitras 0 0-0 0 Charlotte 0 2-2 2 Trish Auray 1 2-2 5 Totals 9 10-16 32
NEW CANAAN 0 9 4 8-- 21
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 11 0 13 8-- 32
3-pointers: New Canaan 3 (Rogers 2, Braccio); Ludlowe 4 (Pangallo 2, Steed, Auray).