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Friday musings: Warde earns win

Even hours before its game against Brien McMahon, the Fairfield Warde boys basketball team got a win on Friday.

The Mustangs, according to the Hartford Courant, gained a win thanks to a Harding forfeit. The Presidents fall to 2-7 after surrendering both Dec. 19’s win over Warde and Dec. 12’s opening-night victory over New Canaan.

The win, all of a sudden, lifts the Mustangs’ state-tournament hopes. Warde now needs to go 5-4 in its final nine — with a few winnable games. Plus, the FCIAC this year is a total roller coaster, and every win is essential for the Mustangs.

If you follow me on Twitter or read the Fairfield Citizen, you know I was at ND-Fairfield’s 6-3 win over Hamden on Wednesday.

ND’s second straight upset win– the Lancers stole a game Saturday against ND-West Haven– was a hard-working effort. But the Lancers give much credit to Steve Hetherman and his assistants.

“They’re a great coaching staff,” ND goalie Stone Denbok said. “They really help us, they believe in us.”

The Lancers are 3-5 now and need just a 5-7 record record in their final 12 games to qualify for the state tournament.

After playing five of its last six on the road, ND now plays six straight home games — four of which come against Division II teams — starting Saturday when ND hosts Farmington-Avon-Windsor on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Prediction: Fairfield Ludlowe’s girls basketball team will clinch a state tournament berth before its Jan. 29 rivalry meeting against Warde.

Alright, so that’s not exactly a bold prediction. The Falcons play 3-9 Norwalk tonight.

Ludlowe will also battle undefeated Stamford next Friday, before meeting the Mustangs a week from this coming Tuesday.

I like the Falcons’ fight, and I like their effort every night. They just need to grow into their talent.

Part me of realizes I should’ve known better than to pick Prep on Tuesday against Hillhouse.

The Academics are not just a talented team, they’re a seasoned squad. The moment wasn’t going to get too big for them, and that showed in their 59-44 win.

Prep’s talented and raw. I’m sure its coach, Leo Redgate, will shake this one off quickly. I doubt this game even affects him. He’ll still say that he cares only about how his team finishes.

I agree. If Prep plays Hillhouse three more times and splits their four meetings– but both wins come in the SCC and Class LL Finals– who cares what happened in the regular season?

My schedule next week features two co-op hockey games.

Monday, I’ll be at Fairfield co-op vs. Milford co-op. Wednesday, I’ll be watching Fairfield and Wilton.

Tonight, I’ll be at Prep and Xavier boys basketball.

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

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