Girls basketball: Osborne powers Mustang into semis

Mustangs’ guard Lejla Markovic (4) brings the ball up court during Warde’s 64-34 win over the New Canaan Rams Friday night at NCHS. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

Mustangs’ guard Lejla Markovic (4) brings the ball up court during Warde’s 64-34 win over the New Canaan Rams. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

Shania Osborne’s 19 markers fueled Fairfield Warde’s 48-41 win over No. 7 seed St. Joseph in the quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament at Westhill High on Saturday afternoon.

In the other quarterfinal in Stamford on Saturday, Greenwich High upended sixth-seeded Trumbull High, 51-41.

The third-seeded Cardinals improved to 18-3 overall and will play second-seeded Warde (19-2) on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in the semifinals. The winner will face either top-seeded Wilton High or No. 5 seed Ridgefield in the final on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ludlowe.

St. Joseph hung tough with coach Dave Danko’s Mustang squad that pinned a 43-26 defeat on it last Friday.

Bridget Sharnick poured in a game-high 20 points for coach Chris Lindwall’s Cadets (14-7), including a tip-in with three minutes left that got St. Joseph to within a point at 39-38.

The Cadets, who trailed wire-to-wire and by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, didn’t get a basket the rest of the way. Behind Daja Polk’s 6-for-10 performance from the foul line, Warde held on for the victory to punch its ticket to the semifinal round.

Polk notched 11 points and Sarah Cotto nine for the Mustangs, who lost standout junior guard Lejla Markovic to a shoulder injury in the first half.

Maite Gritsko tallied seven points for St. Joseph and Shannon O’Meara six.

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