What had the makings of a lopsided affair eventually turned into a more competitive game for the Joel Barlow High girls basketball game when it hosted Weston.
The Falcons, who took a double-digit lead in the first half, faced a greater threat in the second. A balanced scoring effort helped take care of the situation in a 49-36 win last Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The loss also stopped a four-game losing streak.
“They wouldn’t go quietly,” said Barlow head coach Joe Carollo. “We were fortunate a lot of people were able to score for us.”
Barlow’s defense also came into play, especially early in the game. Its press was a source of trouble for the Trojans, who turned over the ball a few times, leading to scoring opportunities for the hosts. Carollo praised the defensive play of Sarah McAniff in particular.
“Sarah was terrific,” he said, noting McAniff had seven steals on the night. “She was everywhere.”
While the Falcons were building their lead they also used the opportunity to make frequent substitutions as most of the team got some playing time. An 11-4 advantage after one quarter turned into a 25-13 one at halftime.
Weston, however, would not go away in the second half. Using a 1-3-1 defense, they held the Falcons to under 10 points in the third quarter.
It also drew within eight points (34-26) after three frames. Such caused the Falcons to put their starting players back in the game.
The Trojans’ defense limited Barlow’s passing but the latter responded by having more players step up and successfully take shots. By the time the contest ended the lead was back to double figures.
“Once we put our starters back we were able to distance it at the end,” said Carollo. “We were fortunate to be hitting those shots.”
Eight different players scored for the Falcons. McAniff led Barlow with 14 points. Victoria Shea was next with nine and had 10 assists. Each made a three-point shot.
Drew Bartro scored seven with eight rebounds and had seven blocks on defense. Kelly Mahoney scored six and Emma Gallagher netted five.
Katie Williges scored two and Gillian Blackwell and Kelly Gilbert sank two apiece.
Weston was paced by Anna Mahony’s 20 points, including two three-pointers, and 11 rebounds. Morgan Moubayed scored 11 with one three-pointer.
Now 12-6 overall and 8-5 in the South-West Conference, the Falcons are in good shape to take the eighth seed in the upcoming league playoffs. They have two regular-season games left and visit Kolbe-Cathedreal today (Thursday) at 7 at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport.