Another Final Appearance

A school from Stamford has played in the FCIAC girls basketball final for four straight years, and seven of the last eight. Trinity Catholic and Westhill played for the title the last three years, with the Crusaders winning each time.

That streak will be extended on Thursday night. Trinity and Stamford will meet in the semifinals Tuesday night, with the winner playing either Fairfield Warde or Danbury, who will face off in the second game of the doubleheader.

Many people have asked me which Stamford school I think will be playing on Thursday. I think it is foolish to make predictions on high school sports. There is nothing to be gained by it.

I also truly believe the game can go either way. Stamford is 16-3 and though it has made a habit of winning ugly at times, it still has been the league’s most consistent team outside of Warde.

The second-seeded Black Knights play gritty defense and have a strong 1-2 punch in Fiona O’Dwyer and outside shooter Lauren Beluk. Katie Pape is versatile and a true leader — she is a captain in three sports.

No. 6 Trinity Catholic has been peaking of late. Senior guard Jeana Trimboli is having another great season, while Liz Roemmele has been a good second option on offense. What has pushed Trinity back into a viable contender has been the improved inside play of Cayleigh Griffin, Mackenzie Griffin and Eileen Ornousky, and the unsung defense of Clare O’Leary, who has shut down an opposing team’s best scorer the past two games.

Few thought either team would reach the final. Most predicted the other semifinal between Warde and Danbury would be the championship game.

Stamford was supposed to be a much improved team, while Trinity was supposed to take a big step back after the graduation of Da’Shena Stevens.

Both teams have exceeded expectations with their grit and hard play.

And Thursday night, one of them will be playing for the FCIAC championship.