Greater good wins out

Julia von Ehr (13) goes up in traffic from the lane to score a basket when Fairfield Ludlowe turned back Harding High in its season opener.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

“We talk a lot about sacrifice for the greater good of the team,” Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball coach Sarah Huntington said after the Falcons opened their season with a 74-45 victory over FCIAC rival Harding High on Wednesday night.
“Everyone got a lot of time — not the way it will be all season — but we ask them to play to the best of their ability, whether it’s thirty seconds or thirty minutes.
“The players have accepted that and are finding their niche.
“Harding came at us and you saw the true nature of the team when it responded with composure.
“Good rebounding and composure under pressure is a testament to what we work on in practice.”
Pauline Blatt scored 18 points and Caroline Pangallo tallied 17 markers for the Falcons, who led 27-12 after one quarter.
Ludlowe went on a 16-4 run in the final 3:37 of the opening frame, with Pangallo scoring seven points.
The sophomore also 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.
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.
“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.
“The senior leaders have embraced that they (Julia and Pauline) are that good and that’s good for the team.”
No one embodies the sisterhood spirit more than Poitras and Foulk.
“Alex is our vocal leader and keeps us focused if things start going wrong,” Huntington said.
“Sydney leads by example. She runs hardest on sprints in practice, gets knocked in the head (in a game), gets up and makes the right play.
“A lot of our girls will get playing time at the jayvee level and that experience will help when they step on the floor at the varsity level.”

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