Except for opening quarter nerves, the defending FCIAC girls basketball champions showed no signs of decline in its opening 2011-12 game.

The Trumbull High School team dominated from the second quarter on, outscoring Fairfield Ludlowe by 30 in a 59-27 rout of the Falcons on Wednesday night at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

"They're a great group," Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said of his team. "I think we have a great starting-five, and we found out some pieces that we can add in there a little bit."

Seniors Victoria Pfohl and Erin Moore each scored 13 points and Alexa Pfohl added 10 as Trumbull won its 22nd straight game against FCIAC opposition, including the run to the FCIAC title last year.

"It's a new team," Tobitsch said. "I'm real proud of this group."

Ludlowe was led by senior Meredith McGann, who scored six. Senior captains Briana Curran and Sarah Nesi each added five and Pauline Blatt scored five points as well.

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"We have to get better," Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said. "I know these girls are going to get better, and that's all we can ask for."

But the Falcons controlled play in the beginning, jumping out to an 8-3, first-quarter advantage that made Huntington ecstatic, and left Tobitsch believing in opening-night nerves.

"I was definitely proud of the way we opened," Huntington said.

"There definitely were some jitters," Tobitsch said.

Tobitsch's club countered with a 13-0 run between the end of the first and beginning of the second periods. The Eagles' spurt was 17-4 to close the half as Trumbull led 19-12 after a half.

"We did a good job settling down," Tobitsch said. "I think our seniors helped carry us through that early part."

Ludlowe got as close as 21-16 in the second half, but an 8-0 run, spearheaded by Victoria Pfohl's two 3-pointers, and a lay-up from Kate O'Leary lifted the Eagles back ahead by 13.

"We knew we'd get their best effort in the third quarter," Tobitsch said. "Our girls responded and I thought that's why we were successful,"

Trumbull outscored Ludlowe 19-8 in the third quarter and 40-15 in the second half.

"The girls believe they can compete with Trumbull," Huntington said. "We just couldn't respond to some of their made shots."

The Falcons will host another FCIAC tournament team Darien tonight at Ludlowe. Huntington knows her club's focus has turned to that contest.

"The seniors said it best `we have to make Friday better than today,'" she said. "Hopefully we can put it together and upset Darien."