With only one available substitute, the New Canaan seventh grade girls’ team put in what may well turn out to be the scrappiest performance of the season at home on Sunday against a strong and deep St. Mary’s squad.
Maeve Selvaggi opened the scoring just over a minute into play, while Emma Barker’s jumper from the right baseline and Leigh Charlton’s basket from the high post kept New Canaan within four points at the end of the first quarter, 10-6.
By the end of the first half, Hailey Towbin and Selvaggi each added another two points, but St. Mary’s widened its lead to 14.
In the second half New Canaan’s endless hounding forced numerous St. Mary turnovers, but the opposition’s size and strength made it difficult to capitalize. Charlton added another two points, Kate Vaske supplemented her own tough rebounding with a nice basket and Selvaggi took it end-to-end on an inbound play to slightly narrow the gap to 28-16 by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth, New Canaan played tough defense with Alana Tonghini, Towbin and Barker fighting for every possession. Charlton sank two left baseline jumpers and Selvaggi put in a parting hook shot.