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Fairfield Ludlowe, Brookfield claim Todd Burger Tournament semifinal wins

Published 7:58 pm, Thursday, December 27, 2012
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For the second straight year, Brookfield High crashed the Todd Burger Girls Basketball Tournament Final.

The Bobcats, led by Julia Depoi's 18 points, built a 13-point lead and held on for a 46-42 win over Fairfield Warde in the Burger Tournament semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

"We love it," Depoi said. "It's fun to play teams outside our conference."

Brookfield, which lost to Fairfield Warde in double overtime in last year's final, will meet Fairfield Ludlowe in Friday's final at 4 p.m. No team from outside of Fairfield has ever won the Burger Tournament.

"Hopefully it'll be a really good game," Depoi said. "We're really excited."

The Falcons, thanks to a 12-0 fourth-quarter run, held off Brien McMahon 45-40 in the tournament's other semifinal.

"They've come so far," Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said of McMahon. "They always give us a tough game."

Junior Pauline Blatt scored 13 points, grabbing seven boards. Playing without junior guard Julia vonEhr, Ludlowe sophomore guard Caroline Pangallo stepped up, leading the team with 16 points and six rebounds. Classmate Trish Auray added nine points and three rebounds.

"Without (vonEhr), for our underclassmen guards, I knew it was going to be a big night," Huntington said. "(Auray) had some really good minutes for us, especially towards the end of the game. She really showed her stuff there."

Aleigh Fitzpatrick's 3-pointer with 6:18 to play lifted McMahon's advantage to 40-33-- its largest of the day. The Falcons would not surrender a point after, stepping up their man-to-man defense.

"We were playing complacent," Blatt said. "Then we just turned up the intensity. It definitely started from our defense."

Ludlowe turned its defense to offense, as sophomore Trish Auray scored six straight points, cutting McMahon's lead to one. Pangallo's jumper gave the Falcons the lead for good, 41-40.

"They really have to step up," Blatt said. "All these freshmen and sophomores stepped up and did amazing today."

With Ludlowe leading 43-40, McMahon had one final chance to tie, but Victoria Aguilar's 3-point attempt with 10 seconds to play hit the front iron.

Though Blatt scored 10 first-quarter points, McMahon -- led by Kayla Croswell's eight points -- built an 18-14 lead after one.

"They were hitting outside shots," Huntington said. "We tried to give them different defensive looks and they were nailing their shots pretty good."

"We started out in a lull," Blatt said.

The Senators led until midway through the third quarter when a 7-0 Ludlowe run, keyed by Pangallo's two 3-pointers, gave the Falcons a 30-29 lead.

But McMahon answered with a 7-0 run of its own. The Senators led 36-33 after three, lulling the Falcons to sleep with their 2-3 zone defense.

"We know how to play against a zone," Huntington said. "We just tend to stand and watch."

In the opener, Depoi's sharp-shooting early helped the Bobcats build a 20-7 advantage. The senior guard hit three first-quarter 3-pointers, en route to 13 first-half points. The Bobcats led 29-20 at the half.

"She came out and did very well," Brookfield coach Lisa Schang said. "Julia stepped up in the first quarter."

"We didn't locate her," Danko said of Depoi. "We let her get open."

After the Mustangs closed Brookfield's lead to three, a 6-2 spurt helped the Bobcats enhance their advantage to 45-38, thanks to Paulina Harron's four and Depoi's jumper.

"We knew they were going to be strong in the second half, because they're a never-say-die team," Schang said. "I credit the girls for having composure in the end."

Warde outscored Brookfield 16-10 in the third, cutting the Bobcats's edge to just 39-36. Fountain keyed the run, scoring the Mustangs' final seven third-quarter points, including her 3-point play with 1.4 seconds left.

"I'm pleased as they're growing up," Danko said. "You've got to let them grow, you know they're going to make mistakes ... but you've got to be patient with them."

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Todd Burger Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe

BROOKFIELD 17 12 10 7-- 46

FAIRFIELD WARDE 7 13 16 6-- 42

Brookfield 4-1

Julia Depoi 7 0-1 18 Tori Weinstock 1 0-0 2 Katie Layman 3 0-0 6 Katie Kline 1 0-0 2 Kaia Gallop 0 0-0 0 Carolyn Marron 1 0-0 2 Courtney Morlock 2 0-0 6 Paulina Harron 1 4-4 6 Dominque Adams 0 4-6 4 Stephanie Hunt 0 0-0 0 Totals 16 8-11 46.

Fairfield Warde 4-3

Kaitlin McKenna 5 3-4 13 Michelle Treglia 0 1-2 1 Kenzie Burns 0 2-2 2 Lejla Mrakovic 0 1-3 1 Mollie Kerrigan 3 1-9 7 Carley Strachan 1 0-0 2 Rachel Maltz 1 0-0 2 Tiara Fountain 6 1-1 14 Totals 16 9-21 42.

3-pointers: B 6 (Depoi 4 Morlock 2); FW 1 (Fountain).

BRIEN MCMAHON 18 11 7 4-- 40

FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 14 9 10 12-- 45

Brien McMahon 1-5

Kayla Croswell 5 2-4 13 Kimberly Duhart 1 0-0 2 Aleigh Fitzpatrick 1 1-2 4 Natalie Leslie 0 0-0 0 Yasmine Walker 0 0-0 0 Jazmine Taylor 2 0-2 4 Victoria Aguilar 4 0-0 11 Sabrina Rodriguez 3 0-0 6 Totals 16 3-8 40.

Fairfield Ludlowe 4-3

Caroline Yates 0 0-0 Sydney Foulk 0 1-2 1 Regan Steed 1 2-2 4 Caroline Pangallo 5 3-4 16 Alex McKinnon 0 0-2 Pauline Blatt 6 1-3 13 Alex Poitras 1 0-1 2 Trish Auray 3 1-2 9 Totals 16 8-16 45.

3-pointers: BM 5 (Aguilar 3, Fitzpatrick, Croswell); FL 5 (Pangallo 3, Auray 2).

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