For the Staples girls basketball team, its opening night game with Fairfield Ludlowe was no work of art.

But a win is a win.

The Wreckers got nine points, six steals and five assists from senior Nicole Brill as Staples beat Ludlowe, 38-21 on Wednesday night at Staples High School.

"The Wreckers played hard, there's no doubt about that," Staples head coach Ed Huydic said. "We made 38 look good."

Ludlowe was led by Briana Curran, who scored eight points. The Falcons' top returner, Sarah Nesi, scored just two points, before leaving the game with a sprained ankle in the third quarter.

"There's a lot of stuff that we can take from this game," Ludlowe head coach Sarah Huntington said. "We're always a work in progress."

Juniors Remy Nolan and Sydney Houseworth each scored eight points apiece for the Wreckers.

"Coming out, game one at home, it's very nice to get a win," Huydic said.

The Wreckers managed to generate an offensive gameplan in the second quarter, as Staples outscored Ludlowe 10-0 in the second frame, as Staples possessed a 14-2 lead at halftime. Four different Staples players scored in the second quarter, as Staples opened up the 12 point lead.

"We made a couple of runs," Huydic said.

Ludlowe managed to generate its first field goal of the game in the third quarter, and showed flashes of offensive capability. Staples only outscored Ludlowe 24-19 in the second half.

"We're a young team," Huntington said. "First varsity game for a young squad, there are a lot of nerves."

However, the Wreckers discovered how to run its offense, especially through its depth. Sophomore Erica Stern had three of her seven points in the third quarter, and M.K. Vansant scored five of her six in the third frame as well. Vansant added five assists in the game as well.

"The team's approach to the offense matured," Huydic said. "We did play much more relaxed and with a rhythm."

When Nesi went down in the third quarter, it was a scary sight for the Falcons, as Ludlowe is already without its top-scorer and captain Emily Armstrong for the season with an ACL injury. Nesi is one of the few other Falcons who have varsity experience on the team.

"That's a tough loss for us," Huntington said. "She's a great player, and a great leader. She'll come back."

Curran lifted the Falcons with a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Sydney Foulke also chipped in four points for Ludlowe. Pauline Blatt and Julia Tomeo each scored two points apiece for the Falcons.

"I have to commend my team," Huntington said. "They work tremendously hard for me."

Ludlowe will come home on Friday with a game against Bridgeport Central at 5:30 p.m. Staples will host Greenwich at 4:30.