Fairfield Warde came into Friday night’s game against unbeaten FCIAC rival Trumbull with “not enough bullets in the gun,” as coach David Danko would say. Junior guard Libby McKenna fractured an orbital bone in her face and is out of action. So is Jenna Cetta, who recently suffered a concussion. Nia Osborne has played the last seven games, but she’s playing through a torn ACL and a torn MCL–cleared by doctors because she has no pain.
Despite losing six games already this season, the Mustangs are on the right track to get back to the FCIAC playoff championship, where they lost to Stamford a year ago. Fairfield Warde (12-6) upset the top team in the state, the Eagles (17-1), 54-53, Friday.
Osborne’s basket and one with 15 seconds remaining put the Mustangs ahead for good. A three-point try by Trumbull’s Aisling Maguire fell short as time expired. Osborne scored 14 points on the night. Teammate Iliana Krasniqi (17 points) got hot at the right time scoring seven fourth quarter points.
“I wasn’t thinking,” Osborne said about the go-ahead bucket. “I knew that my team needed me at the time and we were down by two, so I had to give my all just to get it back.”
Maguire co-led her the Eagles effort with 15 points. Julie Keckler also had 15 for Trumbull.
Each team has two games remaining in the season before the FCIAC playoffs start. Danko looked ahead following Warde’s big win.
“We can do this,” Danko said. “I don’t think teams want to play us because of Nia and what we have.”
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