Crisp passing, tenacious defense and solid shooting resulted in Sacred Heart Greenwich’s first win of the season on Friday.
Entering halftime with a five-point lead against host Holy Child, the Tigers upped their advantage in the second half and recorded a decisive 49-33 victory.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in FAA play.
“This was the best we moved the ball all season,” Sacred Heart Greenwich coach Ayo Hart said. “It’s been a struggle the first few games, with a lot of dribbling and less ball movement. They realized when you move the ball you get better shots. We were able to get offensive rebounds, because we were in better position.”
Nine players scored for Sacred Heart in its FAA-opener. Senior guard/captain Leah Atkins led a balanced scoring effort with nine points for the Tigers. Sophomore center Sarah Augustine had nine points, while eighth-grader Madison Hart added six points for Sacred Heart.
“It feels awesome to get that first win, we’ve been having a rough start,” Atkins said. “It was the first time we glued together on offense. We’ve built a lot more trust over the past week and it showed today, which is awesome.”
Guard Peyton Sfreddo scored eight points and junior forward Alana Frederick contributed five points in the winning effort.
Leading 23-20, the Tigers built their lead early in the third quarter. Frederick converted a 3-pointer from from the left side and Hart swished a shot from beyond the arc from the right win, making it 29-20 midway throught the third quarter.
A 3-pointer by Atkins put the visitors ahead, 32-20. After Holy Child’s Kayla Hanley swished a 3-pointer, Augustine scored on a putback and Atkins went backdoor for a layup, increasing the Tigers’ edge. Hanley scored 17 points for Holy Child.
Senior forward/captain Morgan Smith added four points and strong defensive play for Sacred Heart.
“Last year we moved the ball very quickly and after losing five seniors, it was really hard to get back into the swing of things,” Smith said. “We did that really well and we moved the ball from one side of the court to the other, which helped us get off good shots.”
Sacred Heart hosts neighborhood rival Greenwich Academy on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The Bruins opened their season in style, defeating visiting Greens Farms Academy, 7-0, on Thursday.
Andy Aube got the start at the No. 1 spot for the Bruins and defeated Blake Newcomer 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2.
At No. 2, Will McLaren was a 3-1 winner against Will Sarbinowski of GFA (7-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-8).
Ali Hindy gave Brunswick a 3-1 victory at the third position, defeating Oscar Hecker, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5.
Ryan Kulsakdinum posted a 3-0 win against Eddie Xue at the fourth spot (11-4, 11-1, 11-2). At No. 5, Benet Polikoff of Brunswick notched an 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5 victory against Max LaFeuriere.
Ryan Miele (No. 6) won his match for the Bruins against Brady Melnick, 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 and Charlie Jones (No. 7) was an 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 winner at the seventh spot.