Cadet girls basketball defeats Windham

The 11th-seeded St. Joseph’s High girls basketball put four players in double figures on Wednesday night in a 73-19 home-court Class M first-round state tournament win over Windham High, advancing to a Friday night, second-round match-up against six-seed Suffield, a 59-23 victor over Northwestern Regional. The two teams will meet in Suffield.

Senior co-captain Bridget Sharnick had 19 points and five assists as the Cadets hit 11-of-16 field-goal attempts in the first quarter in jumping out to a 24-2 lead. St. Joe’s led, 45-4, at halftime and 62-9 after three quarters.

Junior Jackie Jozefick added 15 points along with eight rebounds while co-captain Caitlin Sharnick had 14 points and Maite Gritsko had 10.

The win, in which St. Joe’s connected on 31-of-57 field-goal attempts, brought its record to 15-7.

St. Joe’s used an assortment of defenses, limiting Windham to an 8-of-41 shooting night (19 per cent) from the floor.

Windham out-rebounded the Lady Cadets, 39-33, but the Whippets turned the ball over 18 times compared to only six for the winners.

Bridget Sharnick and Ana DoCarmo shared assists honors with five each. The Cadets had 19 on the night.

“The effort that our kids gave tonight, especially from our seniors, was terrific,” said St. Joe’s head coach Chris Lindwall. “Those seniors were playing their last game on this floor and they certainly left their mark.”