St. Luke's girls basketball team can't keep up with Sacred Heart
NEW CANAAN -- Sacred Heart used just about every tool at its disposal to put away an energetic St. Luke's squad Tuesday.
The Tigers (12-4) led comfortably throughout, but really began to show their prowess in the second half after relying on getting to the foul line to grind out a 29-14 halftime lead. Their excellent ball movement created open shots, either beyond the arc or inside to a waiting O'Sullivan.
"We came out of the second half very focused, we started moving the ball around and I think that was the difference in opening up the lead," CSH coach Sean Green said.
The freshman O'Sullivan, who also hauled in 10 rebounds, was often the target on an 18-6 run to open the second half that put the Storm away for good. She scored all 12 of her second half points during this stretch, the end of which emptied the CSH bench.
"We came out with a lot more energy in the second half, we went after every loose ball," Souza said. "We read each other very well, started getting Emily the ball; all of us connect very well."
Melanie Bow led St. Luke's with eight points. KC Kelly and Josie Williams each had six. Allison Toner had 11 for the Tigers, despite a rare off night from beyond the arc (2-for-8).
The Storm (5-12) never quit on the court despite being run ragged by their opponents.
"We're relatively young and we are learning how to play better man-to-man defense," St. Luke's coach Jennifer Pokorney said. "It's obvious we still need to work on it but we have amazing heart and we never give up."
It's a trait that both sides are looking for at such a crucial stage of the season.
"This St. Luke's team is feisty; they came out and played 100 percent until the end," Green said. "That's the kind of energy I want us to have, that's what we still need to learn. A lot of people were thinking about their shot, but I want to see good shots, that's why I'm here to coach. I'm not here to watch."
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After winning just nine games a year ago, CHS is vastly improved and looking to make a major statement as the FAA tournament nears.
"We are really looking forward to taking on RCDS (Thursday) and King (Feb. 9)," Souza said, "especially after losing by one point last year."