Sacred Heart Greenwich continued its resurgence, winning its fourth straight basketball game Friday, with its biggest victory of the season to date.
Receiving 22 points from eighth-grader Payton Sfreddo and using a strong third quarter, Sacred Heart upset Choate Rosemary Hall, 54-53, in a NEPSAC matchup held in Wallingford.
Sfreddo scored seven of her 22 points during the third quarter for the Tigers, who outscored Choate, 17-11, in the third stanza to open a 43-31 lead.
Madison Hart, also an eighth-grader, converted a deep 3-pointer and senior guard Leah Atkins made a shot from beyond the arc, giving SHG an 11-7 advantage following the opening quarter.
Jordan Obi, who has scored more than 1,000 points in her career, helped Choate cut into Sacred Heart’s lead in the final quarter. Obi scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and was a force in the final quarter. Strong defensive play by Sacred Heart senior Morgan Smith, a forward, helped limit Choate’s leading scorer to four first-half points.
Center Sarah Augustine added seven points, Smith scored five points and Hart had three in the winning effort. Guard Alana Frederick had two points for Sacred Heart, which upped its record to 6-9 with the win.
Choate’s record on the season is 8-4. Sacred Heart is in action again on Wednesday against Greens Farms Academy at 4 p.m., in an FAA game.
Brunswick built an 18-point, second-half lead over Storm King and held on to beat the Cougars, 65-61, on Friday night at Dann Gymnasium.
The non-league win over Storm King (9-2) improved the Bruins’ overall record to 6-8. Brunswick hosts Salisbury in a non-league contest on Saturday.
The 65 points was a season-high for the Bruins, who received a season-high 23 points from forward Khari Wilson and a season-best 18 points from guard Logan Galletta.
James Sealy added 10 points and Colin Mulshine chipped in nine points for the Bruins.
Brunswick jumped out to a 16-8 first-half lead on a baseline 3-pointer by Galetta with 9:54 left. Wilson extended the advantage to 22-13 with a 3-pointer.
The Cougars countered with 12-2 run, to take a 25-24 lead, with just under three minutes left in the opening half. Brunswick closed out the frame with an 8-5 run, giving it a 33-29 edge, heading into halftime.
Brunswick opened the second half with a 21-7 run, extending its advantage to 54-36.
Trailing 63-55, Storm King sank a 3-pointer to make it a two-possession contest (63-58) with 18.4 seconds remaining in the game. With 12.9 seconds left, the Cougars were forced to foul. Wilson sank both free throws for the Bruins to push the lead to 65-58.
GREENWICH BOYS BASKETBALL
A balanced scoring effort and an impressive first half paced Staples to a 65-47 triumph over visiting Greenwich in an FCIAC game held on Friday night.
The Wreckers, who celebrated their Senior Night, outscored the Cardinals 19-7 in the first quarter and took a 39-16 lead into halftime.
Lucas Basich tallied a team-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers to lead Staples. His 14-point first half enabled the home team to take a comfortable double-digit lead.
AJ Konstanty had 14 points, eight of which came during the opening half for the victors. Jake Thaw contributed nine points, while Teddy Dienst and Benny Feuer scored eight points apiece in the winning effort.
Forward Jayden Solomon scored 21 points for the Cardinals. He scored 11 points in the second half, while guard Max Steinman finished with 11 points.
Matt Pilc had five points and Tommy Harford scored four for GHS, which was missing leading scorer Christopher Genaro (injury) and Manny Cuellar, who was out sick. Greenwich forward Mason Muir turned his ankle early in the game for the Cardinals.
“Staples got off to a nice start, their perimeter shooting hurt us, I think they hit seven 3s in the first half,” GHS coach Chris Lovermi said. “They made shots and we said at halftime: ‘let’s do our best to win the second half’ and I believe we won the second half. We kept the pressure on and I’m proud of the kids’ effort. Staples plays very fast. Thaw makes that team go, they have some nice pieces and they are a tough team.”
Greenwich plays Norwalk on Tuesday at New Canaan High School at 7 p.m.