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Greenwich girls basketball team beats Bassick in regular season finale

Updated 10:53 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Fittingly, the Greenwich High School girls basketball team's regular season ended with Caroline Barrett making a layup just before the buzzer sounded, concluding Tuesday's game against Bassick.

After Cardinals coach Chrys Hernandez inserted the seniors the final minute of the game, Barrett converted her final shot in her last home game for the team. The basket capped a feel-good game for the Cardinals, who put themselves on the map during what's been a season of marked improvement.

Freshman center Abbie Wolf scored a team-high 13 points, while Barrett had 12 for Greenwich in its convincing 67-43 victory over visiting Bassick. Unlike previous seasons, the regular season finale didn't mark the Cardinals' final game. Greenwich (9-11, 7-11 FCIAC) qualified for the CIAC Class LL Tournament for the first time in more than a decade and will begin play in the tourney Tuesday on the road against an opponent yet to be determined.

"It feels good to be headed to the state tournament," said Barrett, who has been on the varsity squad since she was a freshman. "We've been through a lot the last four years and have had a lot of ups and downs. We will definitely look back on this season and smile because we made states."

Using their aggressive full-court press, the Cardinals began the FCIAC matchup with a 7-0 run and never looked back. Sophomore forward Jamie Kockenmeister (eight points) scored in transition, sophomore guard Leigh Galletta (eight points) made a layup off a steal and Wolf stepped out and swished a 3-pointer for the game's first seven points. Trailing 23-12 after the first quarter, the Lions (2-18, 1-16 FCIAC) were down 27-17 midway through the second quarter. But the Cards broke the game open with a 9-0 spurt, concluded by layups from Wolf and Barrett.

Junior forward Elizabeth Stubbs scored 12 points, while freshman forward Denisha Thomas had 11 for Bassick, which was feisty on the backboards through the game.

"This is my first year coaching here, so it's a building season for us," said Bassick coach Steven Nelson, who coached with Charlie Bentley at Warren Harding for 20 years. "It's going to take a year or two to build a program here. We have to put some work in this summer to improve and once we plug a couple of holes we are going to be better."

Junior guard Rebecca DeCarlo added eight points for the Cardinals, who received scoring from 10 different players and led 40-23 at the half.

"We played hard and we received contributions from everyone," GHS second-year coach Chrys Hernandez said. "Rebounding is an area we still have to improve on, but other than that I was pleased with how we hustled for loose balls and our aggressive play. We showed marked improvement from last season."

So now it's on to the state tournament for the Cardinals, who could play either E.O. Smith, Stamford or Darien to name a few, in the opening round.

"We could have won some more games, but we are going to make the most out of making states," Wolf said.

Battling through an ankle injury she sustained midway through the season, Wolf's certainly made her mark in her first season on the squad.

"I had a lot of fun, it was awesome," Wolf said. "I'm looking forward to the future."

Barrett, who had six first-quarter points, couldn't have asked for a better way for her last home game to finish, as she scored the game's final points.

"I asked coach if we could finish with the seniors on the court and Maureen (Tracey) hit me with a perfect pass for a layup," Barrett said.

"It was the best way for me to end my FCIAC career."

As for the state tournament, the Cardinals are optimistic about their chances.

"It will be really exciting," DeCarlo said. "We have great coaching and I think we'll do really well. Our defense and shooting percentage has gotten a lot better, which is why we have improved."

Said Barrett: "I think we'll go up to states with good fire this year and make a good run."

david.fierro@scni.com; 203-625-4423

BASSICK (2-18, 1-16 FCIAC)

Katiana Martin 2 0-0 4; Monica Amazan 2 2-2 8; Joanna Darby 1 0-0 2; Denisha Thomas 4 2-5 11; Christina Robinson 2 0-0 4; Elizabeth Stubbs 6 0-2 12; Amanda Sinbandith 1 0-0 3; Toni Vallejo 0 0-0 0; Jasmin Harrison 0 0-0 0; Elizandra Stubbs 0 0-0 0; Mya Moore 0 0-0 0; Francesca Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 4-9 43.

GREENWICH (9-11, 7-11)

Caroline Barrett 5 2-2 12; Rebecca DeCarlo 4 0-1 8; Jamie Kockenmeister 3 2-2 8; Abbie Wolf 5 2-3 13; Leigh Galletta 2 4-6 8; Alexa Moses 2 0-0 4; Rebecca Kural 1 0-0 2; Maureen Tracy 1 0-0 2; Sabrina Rodriguez 2 0-0 4; Daniela Hernandez 1 0-0 2; Caroline Beneville 2 0-0 4; Colleen Bennett 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 10-14 67.

BASSICK................................12 8 12 11 -- 43

GREENWICH........................23 17 17 10 -- 67

3-pointers: G -- Wolf; B -- Amazan 2, Thomas, Sinbandith.

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