The Convent of the Sacred Heart basketball team used a balanced scoring effort and a strong finish to register a hard-fought 44-40 win over host Hotchkiss School on Saturday.
"It was a great way for us to start the season," said Sacred Heart coach Sean Green, whose team captured the FAA championship last season. "This is my third year with the team and it was the first time we beat them. A win like that gives our team confidence."
Kayla Souza scored a team-high 12 points to pace the Tigers. Souza was fouled behind the 3-point line with less than a minute remaining and converted all three free throws, putting CSH ahead for good. Center Emily O'Sullivan and guard Colleen O'Neill added 10 points apiece for the Tigers.
"Emily has a good low post game and passes the ball well, so it's tough for teams to match up with her," Green said.
Jenna Hascher contributed six points and strong defensive play for the Tigers, who will host Millbrook School on Wednesday.
"We enter the season with high expectations," Green said. "One of our goals is to repeat as FAA champions, but we know we have to be at our best because teams are going to be gunning for us."
Greenwich Academy is enjoying its new home at Chelsea Piers in Stamford.
The Gators raised their record to 2-0 on Saturday, upending Canterbury School, 6-0, in their second straight game at Chelsea Piers.
"Sasha and Pam had really big games and we were very excited to play at Chelsea Piers," GA coach Moe Tarrant said. "We're moving in the right direction."
Annie DeFrino made 14 saves in goal for the Gators, who also received a goal from Janka Hlinka.
Convent of the Sacred Heart opened its season in impressive fashion, cruising past host Canterbury School, 189-114.
Laura Marsalisi posted first-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:16.18) and 100 freestyle (1:01.07) and was part of the Tigers' winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
"She was awesome, I am so psyched for her," CSH coach Maura O'Grady said. "She has been working hard for four years and this was such a great way to start her senior year."
Sophomore Kristen Parkinson won the diving event for Sacred Heart, earning a score of 231.10 -- a Canterbury pool record.
"Kristen is new to the school and is an elite diver," O'Grady said. "We're thrilled to have her."
Grace Isford won the 200 individual medley (2:25.72) and Erin Schick took first in the 100 butterfly (1:14.41) for CSH (1-0). The Tigers, who also receiving a first-place finish from their 200 freestyle relay squad, will visit Loomis Chaffee on Dec. 12.
Sared Heart 189, Canterbury 118
200 medley relay -- 1. Sacred Heart (Catherine Considine, Grace Isford, Erin Schick, Laura Marsalisi) 2:06.00; 2. 200 freestyle -- 1. Marsalisi (CSH) 2:16.18; 200 individual medley -- 1. Isford (CSH) 2:25.72; 50 freestyle -- 1. Claire Moisan (C) :27.22; Diving -- 1. Kristen Parkinson (CSH) 231.10; 100 butterfly -- 1. Schick (CSH) 1:14.41; 500 freestyle -- 1. Olivia Stiner 6:19.67; 200 freestyle relay -- 1. Sacred Heart (Vanessa Raskin, Margaret Dunne, Jordan Cohen, Schick) 1:59.99; 100 backstroke -- 1. Moisan (C) 1:06.32; 100 breaststroke -- 1. Lex Helmig (C) 1:15.84; 400 freestyle relay -- 1. Sacred Heart (Marsalisi, Considine, Cohen, Isford).
Record: Sacred Heart 1-0.