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BASKETBALL Greenwich Academy tops King

December 19, 2018

Zoe Tinnesz’s 3-pointer 5:59 into the second half gave King School a two-point lead on Greenwich Academy, after it faced a six-point halftime deficit. Thanks to Olivia Davis, the Gators responded in a big way.

Fueled by Davis, the Gators scored the game’s next 14 points, took a 12-point lead and never looked back. Davis’ game-high 27 points powered Greenwich Academy to a 51-40 win over visiting King in an FAA matchup on Tuesday. The win raised GA’s overall record to 2-6 and FAA mark to 1-1.

Davis shot 14 of 18 from the foul line and scored 16 points during the second half for GA, which held a 24-18 halftime lead.

“We could have done a little better, but it’s a win,” said Davis, a senior forward. “We have to continue to keep up our energy and learn how to work well together.”

Freshman guard Josephine Genereux scored nine points, including a 3-pointer and junior point guard Francesca Sileo added seven points with a pair of 3-pointers for the Gators.

“Our defense really picked it up,” Sileo said. “Tina Maldonado and Josephine Genereux picked it up on defense and everyone played well on defense.”

Sparking GA was forward Caroline Schmitz, who scored eight points and grabbed several key rebounds late in the second half. Maldonado also keyed the squad defensively.

“Caroline played a great game inside and Tina did a good job on defense,” GA coach Wes Matthews said. “We are shorthanded with a couple of players hurt and a player sick, but we gutted it out. Everyone had to contribute.”

King (1-3, 0-2 FAA) received a team-high 19 points from forward Alonna Christy. Olivia Boeckman and Tinnesz added nine points apiece for King.

“We are a growing team this year,” King coach Greg Fleming said. “We are trying to implement the offense and teach them the right way to play. Our girls are starting to build confidence and they are executing.”

Boeckman’s layup and Tinnesz 3-pointer from the right side gave the Vikings a 28-26 lead with 12:01 left in the second half.

Davis’ layup, Sileo’s 3-pointer and Schmitz’s putback put GA back on top, 33-28 at the 9:50 mark of the second half.

Davis converted a pair of foul shots, made a layup and swished a 3-pointer, giving the home team a 40-28 advantage and prompting a King timeout with 7:37 left to play.

Later in the half, King pulled to within 45-40 with an 8-0 run with 1:53 left, after Christy made a pair of free throws. GA finished strong though, making five of foul shots down the stretch.

“I thought we played really well together,” Schmitz said. “Our defense is coming together and overall, we communicated better than we did in past games. We’re also passing more and playing more as a team.”

Genereux scored seven first-half points for GA, which is off until it visits Canterbury School on Jan. 9. Christy and Tinnesz each had six first-half points to pace King.

“Josephine kept us in the game in the first half and Olivia had a great overall game,” Matthews said. “She was consistent down the stretch, knocking down her free throws.”

GREENWICH ACADEMY 51, KING 40

KING 18 22 — 40

GREENWICH ACADEMY 24 27 — 51

KING (40)

Zoe Tinnesz 3 0-0 9; Diana Degnan 0 0-0 0; Kate Lockyer 1 0-0 2; Mimi White 0 0-0 0; Alonna Christy 5 9-9 19; Erica Cunningham 1 0-0 2; Olivia Boeckman 4 0-1 9. Totals 14 9-10 41.

GREENWICH ACADEMY (51)

Olivia Davis 6 14-18 27; Francesca Sileo 2 1-2 7; Josephine Genereux 4 0-0 9; Caroline Schmitz 3 2-5 8; Christina Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Armstrong 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 17-25 51.

3-pointers: K — Tinnesz, Boeckman; GA — Sileo 2, Genereux, Davis.

Record: Greenwich Academy 2-6; King 1-4.

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