The St. Joseph High girls basketball used stellar defense to earn a 41-25 victory over Trumbull High on Jan. 31.

Coach Chris Lindwall’s Cadets improved to 7-7 overall and 5-7 in the FCIAC. Coach Steve Tobitsch’s Eagles are 9-5 overall and 8-4 in the league.

“This is a very proud moment,” Lindwall said. “Trumbull runs its stuff so disciplined that you really have to buckle down and the kids did that tonight.

“First it was (beating) Greenwich (59-50), and now Trumbull. Those are two quality teams as well coached as it gets. Steve has a program there that everyone aspires to be.”

Trumbull took a 10-3 lead behind eight points from Amanda Pfohl and a pair of Taylor Brown free throws.

St. Joseph stormed back with Bridget Sharnick scoring eight points to pull within 13-9 after one period.

The last basket came on Mairead Donahue’s assist on an Ana DoCarmo 3-pointer, the fourth pass in a quick sequence.

Bridget Sharnick’s spin move in the lane freed the junior for a three-point play, and she drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Tess Lockwood at the five-minute mark of the second period to give St. Joseph a 15-13 lead.

The Cadets held the Eagles, who were 0-for-8 from the floor with five turnovers, without a point in the quarter.

Maite Gritsko provided a spark with a key 3-pointer and a picture-perfect entry pass to Jackie Jozefick. Her layup to close the frame made it 23-13, capping a 14-0 run in the stanza.

Rachel Carron had a trey to get Trumbull off the schnide to start the third quarter, and Pfohl countered a Caitlin Sharnick 3-pointer with one of her own.

The Cadets continued to play tough defense, however, as Donahue hustled back to stop a run-out, and Bridget Sharnick followed with a blocked shot.

Kalise Eldridge took a pass from Pfohl and muscled in a basket to make it 28-21, but Gritsko spotted up in the corner and swished home a trey off a press-break pass from Bridget Sharnick.

That gave St. Joseph a 31-21 lead after three periods, and Caitlin Sharnick scored inside and Gritsko buried a 3-pointer and added a layup on an inbounds play to take the score to 38-24 midway through the final frame.

Bridget Sharnick finished with 15 points, Gritsko 11 and Caitlin Sharnick eight.

Pfohl had 14 points for Trumbull.

“We got some good looks in the first half,” Tobitsch said. “St. Joseph did a fantastic job after that and had us scrambling for points.

“They (with the win) put themselves back in the chase for the FCIACs. I saw them against Greenwich and I told our players they would give us all we could handle. We have some quality games remaining and will keep on plugging.”

Trumbull will host Central on Friday at 7 p.m.

“Once we lost Shannon O’Meara (who hit her head on the floor going for a loose ball  late in the second quarter), the girls wanted to play their best for her and they certainly did that.”