When Trumbull visited Wilbur Cross last weekend it marked the end to most cross-conference games, though No. 3 Trumbull does host No. 2 Hamden on Jan. 21 and a few other games between conferences are scheduled.
For the most part, the conference vs conference games take place in December and early January.
A glance at the schedule for most Top 10 teams reveals a commitment to scheduling other top teams or taking part in holiday tournaments comprised of four quality teams.
Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said there is no better preparation for the state playoffs than tough games early in the year, including traveling to New Haven to face Cross.
“This was a state playoff game atmosphere. Wilbur Cross is a very talented team and I am glad we scheduled this home-and-home with them for this year and next year,” Tobitsch said following his team’s 65-60 victory over the Governors.
“It’s all about challenging yourself in December and January. A lot of the best teams in the state have been out there challenging themselves in non-league games. Then we all go back to conference play before we get another huge test on Martin Luther King Day when we play Hamden.”
Wilbur Cross has not reached the sustained level of success as Trumbull but has been building the program back up and coach Tyrees Thomas knows playing the best only improves his squad.
“We know we can compete, that’s why I scheduled (Trumbull),” Thomas said. “I am happy Trumbull came down to our gym and played us. I want to see where our girls are at. It has been a couple of years building this program. I think having a team like Trumbull, who has been one of the top teams for a few years, come to our gym and to compete against them only helps us because these are the type of teams we are going to see in the state tournament.
New London, Norwalk, Hamden, East Haven, Canton, Notre Dame-Fairfield and Kolbe are among other top teams scheduling the best early in the season.
It will not be a surprise to see some of these teams at Mohegan Sun come March and the early-season tests could be a big reason why.
Hamden senior Makela Johnson scored her 1,000th career point in the Dragons 62-29 win over Sacred Heart Academy. Johnson scored 15 points in the game for unbeaten Hamden.
— Hamden Athletics (@AthleticsHamden) January 8, 2019
Bacon Academy senior Kellie Nudd scored her 1,000th point in a 56-55 loss to East Lyme.
— Jim Buonocore (@ledyardsports) February 6, 2018
Meanwhile, Rocky Hill’s Nicole Lukens became her school’s all-time leading scorer in a 42-33 loss to New Britain on Tuesday.
She did it