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HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP Greenwich Academy basketball picks up first win in Rhode Island

December 15, 2018

The Greenwich Academy basketball team earned its first win of the season, defeating Portsmouth Abbey, 46-41, at the St. George’s School Tournament on Friday.

The Gators played host St. George’s School of Middletown, R.I., Friday at 7 p.m., then will be in action Saturday against Suffield Academy at 10 a.m.

Greenwich Academy (1-4) came from behind to beat Portsmouth Abbey. GA faced an early 12-4 deficit, before trailing at halftime, 21-20. A pivotal 21-6 run in the second half gave GA a 14-point second-half lead.

Junior guard Francesca Sileo scored 22 points to pace Greenwich Academy. Senior forward Olivia Davis scored 17 points, while Josephine Genereux and Sophia Gianuzzi added four points apiece in the winning effort.

Sparking Greenwich Academy’s defensive effort were Christina Maldonado and Caroline Schmitz.

SACRED HEART BASKETBALL

The Tigers continued their perfect start to their season, pulling away from visiting School of the Holy Child, 54-37, in an FAA game on Friday. Senior center Sarah Eckerson powered 5-0 Sacred Heart, scoring 18 points and grabbing 21 rebounds, both of which led the team.

“The Gryphons came out fired up and jumped to an early 7-2 lead,” Sacred Heart coach Ayo Hart said. “They attacked the paint beautifully and pushed in transition. However, once we realized we just needed to contain them, our stifling defense gave them a tough time in the paint.”

Behind the standout play of Eckerson, the Tigers roared back from a 21-16 deficit to seize a 30-21 halftime lead. Sophia Curto also paced Sacred Heart offensively.

SACRED HEART GREENWICH SWIMMING

Defeating Loomis Chaffee School for the first time since 2009, Greenwich Academy raised its record to 4-1 with a decisive 101-83 win in a NEPSAC meet held at Brunswick School.

The Tigers won all but two events in the meet, which saw them posted plenty of impressive times. The meet began with the foursome of Emma O’Connor, Erin Quigley, Katelin Ulmer and Grace Lillis winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.44. In the 200-yard freestyle, Catherine Hamilton gave Sacred Heart a first-place finish in 2:02.10.

Elisa Taylor took third in the 200 individual medley (2:25.96), while O’Connor was the 50 freestyle (26.28) winner for the Tigers. On the 1-meter diving board, Olivia Wise registered a winning point-total of 180 for Sacred Heart.

Ulmer touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.22), while teammate Alessandra Serbaroli finished third in 1:06.82. Lillis won the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.12 and Hamilton outlasted the competition in the 500 freestyle (5:34.41).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of O’Connor, Laura Moore, Lillis and Hamilton posted a winning time of 1:46.49. O’Connor (1:02.55) and Ulmer (1:10.99) finished first in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively for Sacred Heart.

Up next for the Tigers is a meet against Convent of the Sacred Heart’s 91st Street team Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Greenwich.

BRUNSWICK BASKETBALL

At the Seacoast Tournament at Phillips Exeter Academy, Brunswick dropped a 63-54 decision to St. Paul’s School in its opening game, then lost to Trinity-Pawling School, 78-67.

Against St. Paul’s, Chisom Okpara scored 16 of his team-high 23 points in the first half for the Bruins, who entered halftime with a 34-23 lead. A 14-0 run in the second half gave St. Paul’s the lead for good at 37-26.

Khari Wilson scored two points, including two 3-pointers for Brunswick.

Against Trinity-Pawling, the Bruins fell behind 19-9, but rallied to take a 20-19 lead with 4:46 left in the first half. Trinity ended the first half strong and took a 31-28 lead into halftime.

Wilson led Brunswick with 20 points, while Okpara chipped in 18 points. Colin Mulshine and Henry Caponiti each scored 10 points in the loss.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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