Youth is no longer a problem for the Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball team.

The Falcons graduated just one from a team that won five games a year ago. Unfortunately for Ludlowe, that one was Pace University-bound guard Emily Armstrong.

However, Armstrong missed all but three games in 2010-11 with a knee injury, giving Ludlowe ample time to earn valuable varsity minutes a year ago. Ludlowe's roster consists of seven seniors.

"I'm really excited," second-year coach Sarah Huntington said. "These girls are so focused."

Briana Curran and Sarah Nesi will serve as the Falcons' captains this year. Curran led the team in scoring after two games, averaging 11 in the Falcons opening contests.

"(Curran) has a nice shot," Huntington said. "I'd like to see her get open more."

Nesi was the Falcons second-leading scorer after two. Seniors Meredith McGann and Kat Mahder are two Ludlowe starters. Catlin Cannella is expected to contribute when she returns from injury.

Despite the team's significant experience, Huntington will demand contributions from young athletes as well. Sophomores Julia vonEhr and Pauline Blatt have already earned minutes and junior Sydney Foulk teams up with Mahder to give Ludlowe size up front.

"This preseason has been great," Huntington said. "The focus and intensity are there, it's just going to take a little bit of time."

Huntington declared her team's goals are no different from any other clubs', but also admitted that the Falcons must not get caught up in looking too far ahead.

"The girls want to make it to the FCIAC tournament, they want to make it to the states," she said. "But, if we make states our focus, we're going to forget about all the little things we have to do."

Also if Ludlowe has confidence in itself, it's head coach believes the Falcons may be able to surprise some of the tough clubs on their schedule.

"These girls have worked hard, and they deserve to believe in themselves," Huntington said. "I think once they know they can work together and put it all together, they're good."

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