girls basketball Hamden holds of Trumbull
TRUMBULL — Those hoping for a sneak peek at the CIAC Class LL girls basketball tournament, got what they wanted Monday night in Trumbull in a contest between two teams ranked in the state’s top 5.
No. 5 Hamden rallied from as many as nine down, defeating No. 2 Trumbull 46-44 when a 3-point attempt for the Eagles with three seconds left hit the back rim and the rebound follow also missed.
It was the first loss for the previously unbeaten Eagles (12-1),
Hamden (10-1) senior Taniyah Thompson scored two field goals with under a minute to play, adding a free throw with 12 seconds left, lifting the Green Dragons to the victory.
“We have been working hard all season and getting ready for Trumbull. We prepped for this and I am happy we won,” Thompson said. “I felt like I needed to step up because I didn’t have a good first half. I am lucky my team puts their trust in me and we were able to get this win.”
After a first half largely being held in check by Trumbull’s man-to-man defense, Thompson broke out in the second half with 18 of her team-high 24 points coming over the final 16 minutes.
“(Thompson) took over. Especially in that third quarter. We needed to do a better job getting the ball out of her hands,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said. “I think we can learn a lot from this game. I thought our girls competed really well and should be really proud of themselves. We challenged ourselves. We could have scheduled any one, and we scheduled one of the best teams in Connecticut. Hamden is very good. We have to go back and work a little harder to get over that hump.”
Trumbull sophomore Allison Palmieri was the game’s high scorer with 26 points.
Trumbull used a 13-0 run in the second quarter, going up 19-10. Hamden, however, closed out the third quarter on a 7-0 run, trailing 32-31 after three. Trumbull scored just six point in that third quarter as Hamden ramped up its defensive intensity.
The teams would battle back and forth over the final eight minutes until Thompson’s two late hoops and free throw.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Taniyah Thompson, Hamden. The senior was spectacular in the second half, guiding her team to the win not only with her scoring, but also a couple clutch rebounds late in the fourth.
“You can see it in (Thompson’s) face. You know she wanted it and she was going to take the ball and do whatever we needed her to do,” Hamden coach Amanda Forcucci said. “This is why we picked (Trumbull) up. We want to pick up teams who are going to prepare us for the postseason. We knew this was going to be a good game. I am proud of the them sticking it out and fighting for this one until the end.”
HAMDEN 46 TRUMBULL 44
Asya Brandon 0 3-4 3; Rebecca Oberman-Levine 3 0-0 6; Yariliz Santiago 1 1-2 3; Makaela Johnson 2 1-2 5; Taniyah Thompson 8 8-9 24; Kyndal Russell 0 0-0 0; Diamond White 1 0-0 3; Camilla Tate 0 0-0 0; Sarah Streete 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 13-17 46
Kelly O’Leary 0 1-3 1; Meghan Lesko 0 0-0 0; Cassi Barbato 2 2-2 7; Allison Palmieri 10 5-6 26; Krystina Schueler 1 2-2 4; Emi Roberto 0 0-0 0; Sarah Stolze 3 0-0 6; Emma Gentry 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 9-13 44
HAMDEN 10 11 10 15—46
TRUMBULL 10 16 6 12—44
3-point field goals: H—Santiago; T—Barbato Palmieri
Fouled out: None