Four players scored in double figures for the Sacred Heart Greenwich basketball team in its 64-37 win against FAA foe King School on Friday.
Junior guard Leah Atkins recorded 17 points, seven assists and four steals to pace the Tigers, who ran their record to 15-4.
Senior center Sarah Eckerson, senior guard Ryan Smith and senior forward Claire Liddy scored 10 points apiece to aid the Tigers’ balanced scoring attack.
“Eleven of the 12 Sacred Heart athletes scored, and nearly everyone touched the ball on every possession,” Sacred Heart coach Ayo Hart said. “It was great chemistry and a lot of fun to watch.”
Alonna Christy accounted for almost all of King’s offensive output. Christy poured in a game-high 33 points, keeping her team in the game for as long as she could.
Atkins, Ackerson and Smith enabled the Tigers to enter the locker room with a commanding 37-18 lead.
Up next for Sacred Heart is an FAA game against Rye Country Day School Monday at 4:30 p.m.
GREENWICH ACADEMY BASKETBALL
Behind outstanding perimeter shooting and a tenacious defensive effort, St. Luke’s School remained undefeated in the FAA, upending host Greenwich Academy, 63-24.
Junior Janelle Johnson scored 14 points and converted two 3-pointers for the Storm, who entered halftime with a 27-13 advantage.
St. Luke’s made nine 3-pointers for the game on its way to raising its overall record to 19-1.
“We moved the ball pretty well and we shot the ball well all game,” St. Luke’s coach Matthew Ward said. “Even when we didn’t shoot well, we were still getting good shots and we got the ball inside a little bit more, which I challenged them to do.”
Freshman Caroline Lau totaled 12 points and swished two 3-point shots, while senior Jada Boggs contributed eight points for the victors.
“They are loaded from top to bottom,” GA coach Wes Matthews said. “Give them all credit, they are the best team in the FAA. We ran into a buzz-saw. I wanted us to compete, which we did. The bigger picture is we have to get better for the playoffs.”
Junior forward Olivia Davis had 10 points, while junior guard Francesa Sileo chipped in seven points, with one 3-pointer, for Greenwich Academy (5-13).
Leading 36-16 early in the second half, the Storm went on a 17-1 run to open a 53-17 lead. Five different players scored suring the Storm’s spurt. Meanwhile, GA had difficulty getting good looks at the basket against St. Luke’s effective man-to-man defense, which created turnovers.
“Defensively, we were really, really good, this was one of our better defensive games recently,” Ward said.
Tamia Fulton, Riley Page and Sydney Cummings added six points apiece, while Sophia Kriftchner had points for St. Luke’s, which has played at a high level throughout the season.
“St. Luke’s is St. Luke’s they get after you and make you make mistakes,” Matthews said. “They must have gotten 40-something points off the fast break. Making steals and hitting threes — that’s what they do. For our girls, it’s a learning experience, we learn by getting beat by the best. Now we have to get back in the gym on Monday and get better.”
Greenwich Academy hosts Hackley School on Wednesday in its regular-season finale.
St. Luke’s 63, Greenwich Academy 24
ST. LUKE’S 27 36 – 63
GREENWICH ACADEMY 13 11 – 24
ST. LUKE’S (63)
Jada Boggs 4 0-0 8; Sydney Cummings 2 2-3 6; Tamia Fulton 2 0-0 6; Riley Page 3 0-2 6; Janelle Johnson 6 0-0 14; Summer Klein 1 0-0 3; Sophie Kriftchner 2 0-0 5; Caroline Lau 5 0-0 12; Kiera Williams 0 0-0 0; Lexi Watson 1 0-0 3. Totals: 26 2-5 63.
GREENWICH ACADEMY (24)
Olivia Davis 2 6-10 10; Francesca Sileo 1 4-4 7; Caroline Schmitz 0 0-0 0; Christina Maldonado 1 0-0 2; Edvardine Joseph 1 0-4 2; Tyler Gray 1 0-0 3. Totals: 6 10-18 24.
3-pointers: SL – Fulton 2, Johnson 2, Lau 2, Klein, Kriftchner, Watson; GA – Sileo, Gray.
Records: Greenwich Academy 5-13; St. Luke’s 19-1.