Warde girls pummel Bassick, keep FCIAC playoff hopes alive
The push toward the FCIAC playoffs continues for the Fairfield Warde girls basketball team.
The Mustangs got 12 points from senior captain Taylor Bargmann as Warde had 10 different players score in its 60-28 rout over winless Bassick on Tuesday night in Bridgeport.
"We keep our FCIAC playoff hopes alive," Warde head coach Dave Danko said.
Jamera Fountain added 11 points and Brielle Lanese scored 10 as the Mustangs won for the fourth time in five games to improve to 9-8.
Bassick was led by Susan Shims, who scored a team-high 12 points. The Lions lost for the 31st straight game, falling to 0-17 on the year.
However, for the first three minutes of the game, the Lions hung tough against Warde. Bassick matched the Mustangs in the early going, keeping the Warde advantage at 6-4 early in the game.
"It's tough to get up for a game when you're looking ahead," Danko said.
But then Warde rolled, the Mustangs closed the quarter with a 12-2 run that made the game 18-6 after one quarter. Warde then outscored Bassick 18-4 in the second, taking a 36-10 lead over the Lions at halftime.
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"Set the tone early and try to do some things," Danko said. "The whole purpose here is to try to figure out the stretch run."
Danko was especially pleased that he could get more minutes to junior varsity players who he feels have earned them. The Mustangs played 14 players, 12 of whom saw action in the first half.
"They work hard," Danko said. "It's a positive thing for these kids."
In all, 10 different Warde players scored points as the Mustangs prepared for its showdown with FCIAC No. 3 seed New Canaan last night, completed too late for press time. Warde likely needs to win the rest of its games in order to qualify for the FCIAC playoffs.
"That game is incredibly huge," Danko said on Tuesday.
Warde will play again on Monday at rival Fairfield Ludlowe. The Mustangs will close their season on Wednesday at Harding.
"That's not a layup," Danko said of playing the Falcons. "We know that, the girls know that. It's always special to play them."