On Saturday, the New Canaan sixth grade girls basketball team was defeated 21-15 by Westport, despite playing tough defense. Abby Carstensen, KK Marcus and Lauren Bisceglia led New Canaan in the first half but trailed 12-7 at halftime.
In the second half, Westport made a run but Carstensen and Emily Shizari kept the game close. Even with great fourth quarter efforts by Ryann Mushkin, Kaitlyn Sparks, Cloe Shorten and Olivia Cosco, New Canaan couldn’t close the gap.
On Sunday, New Canaan played another tough game against Wilton and came away with a 21-12 victory.
The defense was stingy with Libby Tedford and Cosco leading the charge. At the end of the first quarter, Bisceglia had her team’s only basket. New Canaan’s offense came together with a solid run and made it 8-3 at halftime.
In the third quarter, New Canaan maintained its lead with Maura Mullaney, Shorten, Cartensen, Marcus and Tedford playing hard. The tough defense paid off in the fourth quarter, as New Canaan took off and made a significant offensive charge.
Kendall Patten set up Bisceglia for the start of the run, and Bisceglia and Cartensen made key baskets down the stretch.