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Weston's Welsh Hurt in Win Over New Fairfield

The joy of a convincing 48-32 win by Weston High School's girls basketball team over a solid New Fairfield squad was tempered Tuesday night by a knee injury to guard Christina Welsh early in the fourth quarter.

Welsh, a senior point guard, went down in a collision in the lane while defending a New Fairfield player. She is expected to have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury.

If Welsh misses a significant amount of time, it could be a devastating blow for the Trojans, who improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the South-West Conference. Welsh, an all-league player a year ago, is the state leader in steals and averages 11.6 points per game. She played a brilliant game Tuesday before the injury occurred with 5:49 remaining. She scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out seven assists and collected three steals. Junior forward Ellie Martin scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Weston.

The victory was an important one for Weston. The Trojans dropped their first game of the season last Tuesday to Masuk, and then routed a hapless Bethel team. The Trojans turned on the energy from the outset Tuesday night and never looked back.

"We learned from that Masuk loss that we have to come out hard in the first half,'' Martin said. "We have to realize we have to get going in the first half, and we can't wait."

Paced by Martin's 13 first-half points, Weston built a 30-21 advantage. New Fairfield (5-7 overall, 3-5 SWC) tried to climb back into it in the second half and got within six, 33-27, with 4:21 to play in the third quarter. A three-point play by Dakota Sloop (nine points) ignited a 9-0 run by the Trojans. Welsh scored the final six points in the rally, pushing the pace when necessary and pulling back when the break wasn't there.

"That's a good team that has played some good teams very tough,'' Weston coach Dan Rosen said. "I liked the way when we got the lead, we kept building on it."

Weston is scheduled to host Kennedy on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a nonleague game, and meets Notre Dame of Fairfield on Friday in an SWC contest.

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