“From the very beginning we played with a lot of heart and hustle. We came out pretty strong and physical, showing Trumbull that we were there to compete,” Fair said.
It seemed as though Trumbull’s almost-perfect season might come to an end in FCIAC play. However, a switch quickly flipped for the Eagles as Claudia Tucci ’17, Julie Keckler ’18 and Brady Lynch ’19 led a 12-1 scoring run, giving Trumbull the lead, something they would not surrender for the remainder of the game.
#13 Claudia Tucci (C) '17 prepares to shoot a free throw
Tucci’s 6’0 frame and soft shooting touch was a defensive nightmare, as she threatened Wrecker defenders in the post and on the wing. She forced the Wrecker’s defense to constantly adapt from a 1-3-1, to man, and eventually into a triangle and two, opening the middle of the paint and top of the key for her teammates. “We had to keep pressure on her constantly, no matter where she was,” Sophie Smith ’18 said.
"We had to keep the pressure on her constantly, no matter where she was."
The Eagles’ defense was a major factor in the game, holding Staples to just 10 first half points. Staples had many turnovers and were also forced into many tie-ups and loose balls on the offensive end. The Wreckers also had nine first half fouls, allowing Trumbull to pick up easy points at the foul line.
#21 Olivia Troy (C) '17 breaks the Trumbull pressure in the third quarter
“We missed some easy baskets that would have helped us and we could have taken care of the ball better,” Fair said about offensive possessions.
Any hope for a Wrecker upset was eliminated in the second half, as Tucci finished with 21 points and Taylor Brown ’17 added 12. Every offensive possession was methodical and spacing was the key in creating open shots in the corners and driving lanes in the middle.