The Norwalk sixth-grade girls travel basketball team stepped up in class Wednesday during the Holiday Tournament at Ben Franklin School. Two classes in fact.
With several sixth-grade teams dropping out of the tournament due to weather-related issues, the Norwalk sixth-graders lacked competition. They elected to challenge the Norwalk Teal eighth-grade travel team, which used a late flurry to pull away for a 29-20 victory.
"We were missing two starters,'' said coach Rick Fuller, whose team is 3-0 in the Fairfield County Basketball League and 4-2 overall. "I think we played well given that we had two starters out and we were playing eighth-graders."
Shania Osborne, an 11-year-old, 5-foot-11 center, scored 12 points for the sixth graders. Asiah Knight added eight. Becky Stefanatos scored 10 points to lead the eighth-graders, while Erin Frederick added seven. Both girls were part of the Norwalk Babe Ruth 12-year-old softball team that reached the New England regionals last summer.
"The game was too close at the end, so I had to put the press in, and we got some turnovers off of that,'' Norwalk Teal coach Dennis Warfield said. "That was really the difference in the game."
The Norwalk Teal team is 1-3 in FCBL, with all of the losses by narrow margins. It fell by one to Weston, by four to Redding and by two to Waterbury.
"We haven't hit our foul shots,'' Warfield said. "Today we didn't get many, but if we'd hit our foul shots we could've won every game. This is a good group of girls, and they've been friends for a long time. They like playing together."
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