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

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.

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

Offensively, St. Joseph scored 14 unanswered points, with Maite Gritsko providing a spark with a key 3-pointer and a picture-perfect entry pass to Jackie Jozefick for a layup to close the frame with a 23-13 lead.

Rachel Carron had a trey to get Trumbull off the schnied 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, and Caitlin Sharnick fed Bridget Sharnick for a basket before hitting a long-range shot off a press break to maintain the 10-point lead at 31-21 with eight minutes to play.

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.

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

Phohl had 14 points for Trumbull.