The Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball team opened its season with a 74-45 victory over FCIAC rival Harding High on Wednesday night.
Pauline Blatt scored 18 points and Caroline Pangallo tallied 17 markers for the Falcons, who led 27-12 after one quarter.
“Harding came at us and you saw the true nature of the team when it responded with composure,” Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said. “Good rebounding and composure under pressure is a testament to what we work on in practice.”
Ludlowe went on a 16-4 run in the final 3:37 of the opening frame, with Pangallo scoring seven points.
The sophomore assisted on Blatt’s first two buckets. Julia von Ehr had three assists down the stretch and scored on a breakaway followed by a putback basket.
Sydney Foulk scored off a rebound and Trish Auray knocked down a 3-pointer to end the period.
“Julia and Pauline got a lot of minutes (last year), but we lost seven seniors and are developing a new heart and soul,” Huntington said.
Ludlowe played all 16 rostered players, with the exception of senior co-captain Brittney Bentivegna, who is lost for the season with a knee injury.
Nine Falcons found the scoresheet, with Caroline Blatt scoring nine points and Alex Poitras, Foulk and von Ehr dividing 18 markers.
See the next edition of the Sun for complete game story.