GIRLS BASKETBALL Strong shooting powers St. Luke’s past Sacred Heart
The St. Luke’s School girls basketball team just couldn’t miss from 3-point range during Thursday’s game against host Sacred Heart Greenwich.
It was raining 3-pointers inside Sacred Heart’s gymnasium and the Storm produced such results.
Converting 13 3-point shots, St. Luke’s ran its record to 16-1 with an impressive 73-50 win over Sacred Heart in an FAA matchup.
Freshman standout guard Caroline Law scored 20 points, including a game-high six 3-pointers to power the Storm, which is unbeaten in FAA play. Law made four 3-pointers in the first half for St. Luke’s, which held a 34-28 halftime lead.
Junior Janielle Johnson added 17 points with three 3-pointers, while teammate Lexi Watson, a junior, had 10 points and made one shot beyond the arc for the victors. St. Luke’s built onto its lead in the second half.
“We got off to a good start, we moved the ball really well, but we weren’t rebounding well,” Storm coach Matt Ward said. “Sacred Heart has always played really hard and really tough, so it wasn’t a surprise. The second half, we were able to get some stops on defense.”
Senior guard Ryan Smith scored 11 points, while senior center Sarah Eckerson added 10 points for Sacred Heart.
“Their shooting is the biggest aspect of their game,” Smith said. “We switched up our defenses in the second half, but their shooting was so good. Besides their shooting, I thought we held our own.”
Added Atkins: “It was hard to keep up with them, because they were hitting their 3-pointers.”
Senior forward Claire Liddy contributed six points for the Tigers, who trailed by just six at halftime.
“We definitely knew St. Luke’s was going to be one of our toughest competitors this season, hopefully, we get another chance to play them in the playoffs,” Eckerson said. “It will be a good rematch.”
Sophie Kriftcher and Jada Boggs added six points apiece in the winning effort.
“The second half our defense stepped up, we were boxing out and getting out in transition,” Ward said. “We did a little bit of everything.”