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5th Grade New Canaan Girls Basketball Win Tournament

NC 5th Grade Girls Win Championship
NC 5th Grade Girls Win Championship
Emma Gibbens won the tip off with ease which would set the tone for the championship winning game that was dominated by New Canaan this past Sunday.  Strong defense by Quinn McKiernan, Julia Bazata, Elizabeth St. George and Chloe Reidy would shut down New Fairfield in the first quarter.  Multiple rebounds and blocked shots from Gibbens, St. George, McKiernan and Olivia West kept the game scoreless at the end of the quarter.   

New Canaan continued to play tough in the second quarter.  Olivia West, Emma Gibbens and Cameron Murphy showed great ball movement.  Murphy and Julia Bazata also kept up the defensive pressure to force New Fairfield turnovers.  With three minutes left in the quarter, Bazata would throw a nice long, cross court pass to Elizabeth St. George which would tie the game.  New Canaan’s offensive momentum continued as Olivia West scored another quick basket assisted by Marlee Smith.  Great offensive and defensive plays by both West and Smith would enable Smith to score another New Canaan basket and put the team ahead going into the half at 6-4.   

New Canaan didn’t disappoint in the third quarter.  Great ball handling from Eleanor Lapin, Olivia West and Emma Gibbens set up a nice lay up shot for Quinn McKiernan.  Defense continued with a steal from Lapin and several rebounds from Holly Knight.  In the middle of the quarter, Quinn McKiernan would score again on a nice outside shot putting New Canaan ahead by six.  Marlee Smith, Brynne Harris, Elizabeth St. George and Olivia West controlled the boards to grab more rebounds and also maintain New Canaan’s solid defense.  Smith moved the lead to eight with a nice jump shot and the team’s tight defense would hold New Fairfield to just one basket in the quarter, ending with New Canaan 12 and New Fairfield 6.  

Strong defense continued in the fourth quarter with rebounds from Elizabeth St. George and a rejected shot from Emma Gibbens.  Gibbens also would get fouled under the basket sending her to the line where she scored a point for New Canaan.  A steal from St. George would produce a jump shot basket from Quinn McKiernan stretching the lead to 15-6 with four minutes remaining in the game.  St. George, Olivia West, Holly Knight and Marlee Smith pulled down key rebounds for the team.  Chloe Reidy also played strong defense in the quarter.  Quinn McKiernan would score again on a great outside shot that would give New Canaan it’s largest lead of the game at eleven points.  Olivia West’s amazing last second shot beat the buzzer to seal the championship victory for the team.  Final score was New Canaan 19, New Fairfield 10. 

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