Sacred Heart Greenwich’s basketball team split its two recent games against formidable NEPSAC opponents, losing to Choate Rosemary Hall on Friday, then edging Millbrook School on Saturday.
The Tigers’ overall record stands at 8-3, as they return to FAA action Wednesday with a key matchup against visiting Greens Farms Academy. This past Saturday, Sacred Heart traveled to Millbrook School and returned home with an exciting 52-50 victory.
Sophomores Payton Sfreddo and Madison Hart scored 16 points apiece to power the Tigers past Millbrook. Hart and Sfreddo each grabbed nine rebounds in the winning effort.
Senior center Sarah Augustine scored 13 points and snared 16 rebounds to help lead Sacred Heart, which held a 27-20 halftime lead on Millbrook. The Tigers outscored Millbrook, 18-7, in the second quarter to take the lead.
“The first quarter didn’t get off to the start we wanted, but the game ended up being quite the offensive sandwich for us,” Sacred Heart coach Ayo Hart said. “We had single digit quarters to start and end the game (something we always try to avoid), but again, the biggest difference was in our ability to convert the chippies and the free throws.”
The visiting Tigers entered the fourth quarter with a 43-32 advantage, but Millbrook closed to within two points down the stretch, before eventually taking a 3-point lead. Alessia Carlo scored a game-high 24 points, while teammate Kate Peek had 14 points to pace Millbrook.
“Our girls were tenacious,” Hart said. “They didn’t get rattled. They played smart and continued to attack and take advantage of what the defense gave them. It wasn’t a pretty one, but a win is a win, and we were able to escape with a narrow two-point victory.
This past Friday, Sacred Heart dropped a 62-39 decision to host Choate Rosemary Hall. Sfreddo scored 13 points and Augustine tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Madison Hart posted eight points and 11 rebounds and senior Franny O’Brien had four points for Sacred Heart.
“We got the ball where we wanted it against Choate – even took more shots in the paint,” coach Hart said. “Our ability to finish at the rim and at the free throw line, coupled with our turnovers just put us in a hole every single quarter. Despite the disappointing stats, I was proud of how hard the girls battled, and in typical Sacred Heart fashion, they never stopped fighting irrespective of the score and the clock.”