DANBURY — Its seemingly comfortable nine-point lead having been erased, the Immaculate High School girls basketball team was in dire need of a spark late in the third quarter against New Fairfield Tuesday night.
The Mustangs got one, in the form of a 10-point run that stretched into the fourth quarter, and they never trailed again.
Marcella Daily and Kinsey Jarboe scored nine points apiece, Meghan Schlichtig chipped in with eight points, and the Mustangs defeated the Rebels 39-25 in the South-West Conference opener for both teams.
“Coach came down and said we just have to keep our energy up and keep going,” Daily said. “The big thing is that we play together, we play as a team, and that was key.”
Allison Teklits led New Fairfield with eight points — including a 3-pointer from the left corner that tied the game at 21 with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter — while Emma Lyden scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers and Kerrigan Quinn added five points.
The aforementioned corner 3-ball by Teklits capped a 9-0 Rebels run, which started with a 3-pointer by Lyden and spanned a little more than three minutes.
Undaunted, the Mustangs came galloping back. Daily sank a pair of foul shots to give Immaculate back the lead, and on New Fairfield’s ensuing possession, she stole the ball at one end of the floor and laid it in at the other. A layup by Olivia Kent off a nifty pass from Schlichtig with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter stretched Immaculate’s lead to six, and Daily blocked a shot at the buzzer to make sure it stayed that way.
Back-to-back buckets by Jarboe early in the fourth quarter stretched the Mustangs’ lead to 10. Daily drew a charge and added two steals in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win.
“I thought our defense was really starting to click,” Immaculate coach Tom LaPorte said. “We were rotating and getting out on shooters.”
The young Rebels, meanwhile, played well in flashes — particularly during their valiant third-quarter comeback — but struggled at times, as well. That’s par for the course for a team with no seniors, one junior and a bunch of up-and-coming underclassmen.
“We showed some times where we could go on a little bit of a run, but we need to make more offensive runs and put some baskets together,” New Fairfield coach Brendan Moore said. “I feel like we can defend with anybody and hold our own on the boards for being a pretty small team, but on the offensive side of the ball, we need to start putting some streaks together.”
IMMACULATE 39, NEW FAIRFIELD 25
NEW FAIRFIELD (2-5, 0-1 SWC)
Allison Teklits 3 0-0 8; Sydney O’Connor 1 0-0 2; Grace Ware 1 0-0 2; Kerrigan Quinn 1 3-4 5; Lauren Carter 0 0-0 0; Danielle Hernandez 1 0-1 2; Abby Flanagan 0 0-0 0; Emma Lyden 2 0-0 6. Totals: 9 3-5 25.
IMMACULATE (4-2, 1-0 SWC)
Caroline Wax 0 3-4 3; Meghan Coyle 3 0-0 6; Marcella Daily 2 5-8 9; Mackenzie O’Rourke 1 0-0 2; Kinsey Jarboe 3 3-7 9; Meghan Schlichtig 3 1-2 8; Olivia Kent 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 12-21 39.
NEW FAIRFIELD5 5 11 4 — 25
IMMACULATE7 10 10 12 — 39
3-pointers: NF—Teklits 2, Lyden 2; I—Schlichtig.
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