Ludlowe surviving without Peterson

Fairfield Ludlowe’s leading scorer has not played thus far in 2013.

Connor Peterson, averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds per game for Fairfield Ludlowe, has not played since Dec. 28, 2012.

Still, the Falcons are in the hunt for the eighth and final FCIAC playoff spot nearly halfway through the league schedule.

The Falcons are 2-2 in the new year, playing all four games without forward Connor Peterson, who is sidelined with a strained calf. Ludlowe has not yet broken the 50-point barrier in 2013 but have stolen victories over Brien McMahon and Staples.

“We’re missing Connor big time,” Ludlowe coach Brian Silvestro told me last week.

The Falcons fell to undefeated Westhill Tuesday, 48-37, their third straight game scoring 40 or fewer points.

But Ludlowe is now 3-2 in such games this year– having beaten Trumbull, Staples and McMahon with lock-down defensive efforts. Ludlowe is 4-4 in FCIAC play and tied for the eighth-playoff spot.

The Falcons played zone against the Vikings Tuesday, holding them to just 32 points through three quarters.

Silvestro admitted that Peterson’s size, plus his 13 points and nine rebounds-per-game average, would’ve been key against the Senators.

“We needed some size in there last night,” Silvestro said Wednesday.

Though Silvestro originally believed Peterson would return for the Falcons’ game Friday against Norwalk, that may not be the case. After their contest with the Bears, the Falcons have a bye, then will play at Stamford on Jan. 25. Silvestro expects Peterson to return for that game.

Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper. Follow him on Twitter here.