BRISTOL - St. Paul girls basketball picked up its second straight win to start the season with a 59-36 dismantling of Ansonia on Tuesday night.
The Falcons dominated on both sides of the floor as they allowed points from four Ansonia players while getting offense from most of its roster with 10 players scoring at least one point. The win improves their record to 2-0 in the young season with their next game Thursday on the road against Torrington at 5 p.m.
“We went 10 deep today and everybody did a pretty good job so if we can keep doing that every game we’re going to be a hard out,” St. Paul coach Joe Mone said. “There’s not a lot of high school girls basketball teams that can play 10 and still be at the same level when you get to the second group. I think we could’ve played a lot better, but I’m happy with how things are gelling.”
Five different players scored for the Falcons in the first quarter led by four each from junior Nadia Riemer and senior Emily Ronalter. Four additional players contributed points by halftime as everyone in St. Paul’s lineup found the basket in a diverse offensive attack.
Sophomore Audrey Tice drilled a three-pointer as time expired in the second quarter to become the Falcons’ leading scorer at halftime with seven points and was closely followed by Riemer and Ronalter with six points each.
“Everybody took a little piece,” Mone said. “Everybody had a couple of moves, everybody had a couple of good defensive plays. It’s nice if your leading scorer is having a bad night and then you pick it up with everybody else.”
St. Paul’s defense was the key to its lead as it held the Chargers to fewer than 10 points in each of the first three quarters. The Falcons put together strings of turnovers that led to easy points on fast breaks and led by 13 at halftime.
“That was the [goal], take the two kids out that were going to do most of their scoring and we did a pretty good job of that until the fourth quarter but the game was kind of in hand by then,” Mone said. “Sanchez is a really great three-point shooter, so we bodied up on her to make sure she couldn’t get that off and [Garcia] is more of a slasher so we played a little off her.”
St. Paul separated itself from Ansonia after halftime and had a 20-point advantage shortly into the third quarter. Riemer had seven points during the Falcons’ 9-2 run and drilled her lone three-pointer of the contest.
Ansonia added five points in the third period as St. Paul’s defense completely disrupted the Chargers’ offense. The Falcons continued to get points from up and down its roster as Sarah Lindquist became the 10th player on the team to score in the game.
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ST. PAUL 59, ANSONIA 36
At St. Paul
St. Paul 14 16 17 12 - 59
Ansonia 9 8 5 14 - 36
ST. PAUL: Nadia Riemer 6-0-13, Sam Naples 2-0-4, Emily Ronalter 5-2-12, Olivia Dahn 3-2-9, Abbey Stanford 1-0-2, Kelsea Tefoe 0-1-1, Zoey Rubins 3-0-6, Audrey Tice 3-0-6, Alexis Tierpack 2-0-4, Sarah Lindquist 1-0-2. Totals 26-5-59.
ANSONIA: Brighton Ahearn 1-2-5, Rishalie Garcia 6-3-17, JoJo Sanchez 3-5-12, Julia Pinto 1-0-2. Totals 11-10-36.
Three-point goals: Ahearn (A), Garcia (A) 2, Riemer (SP), Sanchez (A), Dahn (SP).
Records: St. Paul 2-0, Ansonia 1-2.