GREENWICH—The Sacred Heart Greenwich girls basketball team used balanced scoring and dominance on the backboards to post a 57-43 home triumph over King School Wednesday.
All five Tigers starters collected between nine and 12 points as Sacred Heart Greenwich (7-8 overall) snapped a three-game losing streak.
“This was an important win for our confidence,” Sacred Heart Greenwich coach Ayodele Hart said. “We played well in some of our recent losses. Today was a very solid game.”
UNSELFISHNESS RULED FOR TIGERS
The Fairchester Athletic Association uses a 30-second shot clock. The Tigers made the most of the time as they created a number of open looks.
“Our focus was to move the ball. Make the extra pass rather than use penetration on drives to create opportunities,” Sacred Heart coach Hart said. “The girls did a good job and were rewarded with good shots.”
But when the shots didn’t fall, the Tigers used their physicality to grab offensive rebounds and turn them into second-chance points.
“It was important to end the long streak,” said Sacred Heart Greenwich junior center Sarah Eckerson. “We kept our intensity high. We got everyone involved in rebounding, passing and defense. Our chemistry is showing.”
Ciara Henry paced Sacred Heart with 12 points while Julia Spiegel had 11. Ryan Smith had 10 points mostly on aggressive drives. Eckerson and Anya Ramseur-Moore each finished with nine points.
The Tigers have two FAA contests left (Rye Country Day, Masters) before the league playoffs begin.
“We’ve had some injuries along the way,” Sacred Heart coach Hart said. “But the group have become strong links in a strong chain.”
KING NEVER STOPPED WORKING
King (2-17) saw a 12-8 deficit turn into a 30-14 halftime edge for Sacred Heart.
The Vikings did score 29 points in the second half.
Leading the way for King was junior guard Alonna Christy. She finished the contest with a game-high 24 points.
Driving often down the lane, Christy has realized opponents can’t double-team her at the foul line. Christy was 6 of 10 on free throws and had a pair of 3-pointers after intermission.
Unfortunately, King was unable to draw enough fouls in the second half to get into the bonus situation at the charity stripe.
Center Lily Davis added 11 points for King.
“Our group has improved as the season has gone on. But we do get hurt on rebounds,” said King coach Emily Prince. “The girls always give 110 percent effort. I’m proud of the way they support each other and the progress they’ve shown. Sacred Heart did a lot of good things today.”
SACRED HEART GREENWICH 57, KING 43
Alonna Christy 8 6-10 24 Zoe Tinnesz 1 0-0 3 Abby Price 1 0-0 2 Lily Davis 4 3-10 11 Olivia Boeckman 1 1-2 3 Rachel Oberst 0 0-0 0 Diana Degnan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 10-22 43.
SACRED HEART GREENWICH (7-8)
Ryan Smith 5 0-2 10 Julia Spiegel 5 0-0 11 Ciara Henry 4 2-2 12 Ayna Ramseur-Moore 4 0-0 9 Sarah Eckerson 4 1-1 9 Claire Liddy 1 0-0 2 Morgan Smith 2 0-0 4 Alana Frederick 0 0-3 0 Sophia Curto 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 3-8 57.
KING 14 29—43
SACRED HEART 30 27—57
3-Pointers: K—Christy 2, Tinnesz. SHG—Spiegel, Henry 2, Ramseur-Moore.