Ludlowe cagers have pieces in place to succeed

The Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball team showed off its ability to score baskets in transition to take a 19-4 lead over St. Joseph in the Falcons’ season opener in Trumbull on Dec. 11.
Coach Sarah Huntington’s squad then displayed its resolve down the stretch to hold off the Cadets and capture a 52-48 victory over its FCIAC rival.
Caroline Pangallo led Ludlowe with 14 points, followed by Julia Pangallo with 13 and Pauline Blatt with eight.
“I thought we did a great job in the first quarter and then we got a little comfortable,” Falcons’ coach Sarah Huntington said.
Ludlowe shot 8-for-15 from the floor in the first period, and scored eight points off Cadet turnovers.
Caroline Pangallo opened with a drive to the hoop, Sara Grabowski scored off an assist from Charlotte Blatt, and then followed a Pauline Blatt free throw with a basket from the foul line after a kickout pass from Charlotte Blatt for a 9-2 lead.
Ludlowe went on an 8-2 run with Charlotte Blatt, Pauline Blatt, Julia Pangallo and Caroline Pangallo (3-pointer) scoring the points. After a Cadet basket by Bridget Sharnick, the Falcons’ Julia VonEhr banked home a shot to establish the 15-point lead after one.
St. Joseph’s come back began in the second quarter.
“It was a 13-13 tie in the second period,” Huntington said. “And we had a defensive meltdown in the second half. Fortunately, it’s nothing we can’t fix.”
Ludlowe used four baskets off breakaway opportunities to maintain its advantage.
Caroline Pangallo had four assists in the quarter, and Julia Pangallo had five points, including a 3-pointer.
Alex McKinnon scored on a contested run-out before the Cadets scored the final two baskets to take the game into the half down 32-17.
A sloppy third quarter saw the teams combine for 13 turnovers (eight by Ludlowe) and the shooting percentages fall, as each squad scored 11 points. St. Joseph’s Shannon O’Meara knocked down three shots from beyond the arc and Maite Gritsko crossed the lane to score on a runner.
Ludlowe’s scoring came on two hoops from Caroline Pangallo, including a trey, free throws from VonEhr and Pauline Blatt, and a pair of baskets from Regan Steed, the first off a fine pass by Caroline Yates.
The Falcons were comfortable in the lead at 43-28, but the Cadets’ O’Meara had just begun to fire from three-point range.
It was 48-34 at the 4:10 mark of the final period when St. Joseph’s Jackie Jozefick stole the ball and nailed a jumper.
The sophomore then blocked a shot, one of five, and O’Meara stepped into a 3-pointer. Bridget Sharnick scored from long range, and after Caitlin Sharnick forced a turnover, O’Meara was on the receiving end of the possession’s fourth pass and made another trey.
That brought the score to 50-45 with 1:43 remaining, but Caroline Pangallo broke pressure and Julia Pangallo buried a clutch shot off a pass from Steed to boost the Falcons’ lead to 52-45.
Ludlowe played great defense in the final minute, and St. Joseph was limited to one more 3-pointer by O’Meara off a pass from Ana DoCarmo.
“We were a little slow in our helpside rotation and they took advantage,” Huntington said. “We aren’t a tall team, so we rely on defensive pressure and being ruthless.
“We saw some great minutes off our bench and we want to be able to go even deeper. It was a great first game for us.”
Ludlowe followed with a 59-23 road win over New Canaan on Friday. Pauline Blatt led all 13 Falcons into the scorebook with a 12-point performance. Megan Curran and Yates had 3-pointers. Ludlowe will host Darien Friday at 7 p.m.

About author

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© HAN Network. All rights reserved. Fairfield Sun, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress