NEW CANAAN—In all likelihood, there will be no postseason for the Brien McMahon High School and New Canaan High School girls basketball teams.
The Senators and the Rams met Tuesday in the next-to-last contest of the season.
Both sides were honoring their seniors and looking towards the future as New Canaan fashioned a 40-27 home triumph over McMahon on their home court.
“I’m happy for the girls. They worked so hard for this win,” said New Canaan coach John Winchester. “We had a tough loss (37-32) to Ridgefield Monday night. It was great the way the girls regrouped and rebounded tonight.”
NEW CANAAN BUILDING A NEW CULTURE
The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for New Canaan (4-15, 3-13 FCIAC). The Rams also gained revenge for a 38-30 loss to McMahon earlier this month.
Leading 21-17 after three quarters, New Canaan outscored McMahon, 19-10 in the final period. The Rams cashed in seven of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the triumph.
Six New Canaan seniors will play their final game Wednesday at home against St. Joseph.
Maeve Selvaggi spoke loudest for the seniors Tuesday against McMahon as she collected 13 points, eight in the second half.
Winchester, in his first season at New Canaan, appreciated the contributions of all the Rams’ seniors.
“The seniors did a great job. It’s a tough adjustment when you get to your final year in high school and suddenly you’re hearing a new coach’s voice,” said Winchester, who played his college basketball at Tennessee and Quinnipiac. “The seniors bought into what I wanted. They were the anchor to our success.”
Potentially, New Canaan could have four juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen returning next season.
Sophomore Jane Charlton scored nine of her 13 points in the second half for the Rams.
“New Canaan won three games last year. This year we’re at four,” Winchester said. “In a league as tough as the FCIAC, we’re moving in the right direction.”
MCMAHON PROGRAM TAKES STEP FORWARD
Even if McMahon somehow found a way to upset Wilton (15-4, 12-3 FCIAC) on Wednesday, it is unlikely that the Senators would make the state tournament at 7-13.
Bristol Eastern (finished at 7-13) is ranked No. 32 in Class LL with East Hartford (finished at 7-13) right behind them. McMahon doesn’t have the power points to leapfrog either school.
Still this has been a very successful campaign for McMahon under coach Derek Sellers.
“Getting to six victories this year is our biggest accomplishment. There were only three victories last year,” Sellers said. “It was a tough game today. We had a couple of players out injured and a couple more out with the flu.”
Senior Tatiana Arias nailed a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to lead McMahon with eight points. The Senators had six seniors available for action Tuesday.
McMahon could have as many as five juniors and two sophomores returning next season.
“We’ll have two incoming freshmen I’m really excited about. They will go well with the core of returning experience,” Sellers said. “This is only my second year coaching this program. So it’s been a learning experience on both sides. All the players gave us great effort.”
NEW CANAAN 40, MCMAHON 27
MCMAHON (6-13, 4-12 FCIAC)
Tatiana Arias 3 0-0 8 Meaghan Bombace 0 0-0 0 Kassandra Scott 0 0-0 0 Aija Andrews 1 0-0 2 Shaniya Francis 2 1-1 5 Shaniya Mesilien 1 2-4 4 Bryanna Perez 0 0-0 0 Jocelyn Lister 1 0-0 2 Jescie Holmes 3 0-0 6. Totals: 11 3-5 27.
NEW CANAAN (4-15, 3-13 FCIAC)
Emily Shizari 0 1-2 1 Catherine Bopp 0 0-0 0 Maeve Selvaggi 4 3-5 13 Riana Afshar 0 0-0 0 Leigh Charlton 1 2-2 4 Quinn McKiernan 0 0-0 0 Katie Dunn 0 3-6 3 Eliza Pohle 0 0-0 0 Jane Charlton 5 1-2 13 Caitlin Blair 0 0-0 0 Liz DeMarino 3 0-0 6 Reilly Krug 0 0-0 0 Katherine Lisecky 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 10-17 40.
MCMAHON 7 6 4 10—27
NEW CANAAN 8 5 8 19—40
3-Pointers: M—Arias 2. NC—Selvaggi 2, J. Charlton 2.